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Re: Sinclair Dates

At 02:05 29/11/00 -0600, you wrote:

   [1]Sinclair Dates:  November 29.
   In 1779: William 10th Earl of Caithness d.,
   In 1530: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey d., Adviser to England's King Henry
   VIII. Cardinal and statesman who dominated the government of England's
   King Henry VIII from 1515 to 1529. His unpopularity contributed, upon
   his downfall, to the anticlerical reaction that was a factor in the
   English Reformation. The immediate cause of Wolsey's fall from power
   was his failure to persuade Pope Clement VII to grant Henry an
   annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. There had long been
   a party of nobles
   [2]more... [3]Tomorrow:  November 30.
   In 1779: John 11th Earl of Caithness,
   [4]son of William 10th Earl.
   In 1752: St Andrew's Day Scottish patron saints feast day.,
   In 1699: Darien II arrives, The second expedition arrives at the
   settlement. Finds Thomas Drummond there with two sloops.
   In 1292: John Baliol, King of Scots, chosen by Edward I of England,
   [5]crowned at Scone.


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The reference to Cardinal Wolsey in "Sinclair Dates" is especially
relevant to Sinclairs because Sir Patrick Sinclair of Draiden (Dryden)
was the confidantof Henry VIII - so much so that, when they were in
conference with eachother, Cadinal Wolsey was required to leave the
King's chamber.

Margaret Tudor, the sister of Henry VIII and Queen Dowager and Regent
of Scotland, refers to Sir Patrick Sinclair as he "trusty and true servant 
as he has ever been to my husband, the King" i.e. James IV. 
This letter was written in 1520.

She refers to Patrick as "Pet Synglar" and in the (English)State papers
there are many letters written to, by and about him.  The notices being
quite voluminous and deserve more serious study than they have received
to date.  One document reads: "Patrick Sinclair and Mr John Chisholm are
nightly with us".  Why this close association with the King of England when
we recall that 600 Sinclairs had recently been killed at the Battle of Flodden
(1513) with King James IV, the husband of the above mentioned Margaret
Tudor?  (Sir John Sinclair, the father of Sir Patrick Sinclair, was one of the
King's attendants and also fell at Flodden)

Of course, the King of England, Henry VIII, was the brother of the Queen
Regent of Scotland.  Also, at the material time, there were as many Sinclairs
in England as there were in Scotland.  Was this why Sir Patrick Sinclair was
chosen to begin the negotiations which eventually led to the Union of the
Crowns in 1603 when the James VI of Scotland became James I of England?

Queen Margaret's letter to her brother, Henry VIII, is a highly historical

It has been said that the true reason why Henry VIII broke with Rome will
be found in the vaults of Rosslyn Chapel.  Certainly, the reason for the break
had little to do with his desire to get rid of his wives but rather because Rome
resisted any reform to e.g. the priestly power of absolution, the whole system
of enforced confessions, of penances, of the right of every man to read the
bible for himself (i.e. in his own language rather than the Latin to which the bible
had been restricted).

I do wish that some historian would take a closer look at the papers dealing
with Sir Patrick Sinclair.  As I have said, they are voluminous and merit
close scrutiny.   The Reformation as well as the Union of the Crowns was being 
hatched at this time.

The new film, "The Prince & the Grail", by Robert Hutt of Charing Cross Productions
of Halifax, Canada has to be given credit for addressing this particular aspect of
Sinclair history although (understandably) they were unaware of the key role being
played by Patrick Sinclair.  This film is due to be screened in Canada in January 2001.
Thereafter, it should be available as a video.

Niven Sinclair