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The Kirkwall Scroll
Everyone who attended the Sinclair Symposium in Orkney in September, 1997
was given a copy of the Kirkwall Scroll so there must be several hundred of
in Sinclair hands in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.
Unfortunately, I have mislaid my own copy but, if it comes to hand, I will
on to Bill Buehler immediately. As the reproduction is about 3' x 18", I
anyone will be able to download it via a computer but, as I am an untutored
foreigner in such matters, there may be a way around the size problem.
Andrew Sinclair has just completed his Empire Saga about the wandering Scots.
This epic tale which contains four books:
The Far Corners of the Earth
The Strength of the Hills
The Sea is His
The People of His Pasture
under the inclusive title of "Blood and Kin"
This is Andrew Sinclair at his very best. He tells the tale of two
Sinclair families who
spread their tentacles to the "Far Corners of the Earth" following the
In its review of the book "The Times Literary Supplement" writes:
"This is liquid history, history as a river, that will either
sweep you forward, like
the Scots, or submerge you like Crazy Horse and his Sioux. It
causality except the law of motion and the hand of God.
"So, even before we begin, we are being offered a puzzle
calculated to distract
us from the book in hand. Are these Sinclairs, Andrew
The dust jacket promises us a blend of fact and fiction. Are
they, then, fleshed
out individuals from his own family history? Are they real? Is
the story true?
"More than costume drama or mere chronicle, it offers the
thoughtful consideration of the relationship between history in
and the people who make it"
Over ten years ago, Andrew kindly allowed me to read the Mss of the first
in the quartet. Ever since, I have been encouraging him, cajoling him,
him, begging him to complete the work because, as I have said, this is
at his very best. True, it is a mixture of fact and fiction skillfully
blended together in
a manner which allows us to identify our own "Kith and Kin" as they settle
And appropriately, the surviving Sinclairs meet at a Clan Gathering in
the Millennium - just as so many of us met at the Halkirk Games last year.
This book is a "must". This is an enthralling saga of Empire: the Gone
with the Wind
of the Clans of Scotland with the Sinclairs as the main characters.