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Re: Sinclair Dates
Your references for two of dates are http://www.clansinclair.org/hist1.htm
If you follow the link you come across totally unsupported statements. Are any other references available?
The clan historian, Ward Ginn, of ClanSinclair USA write "Unfortunately, history -and Sinclair history is no exception - is often incomplete, inaccurately articulated and thus misleading. Given these infirmities, I admonish you to take "at face value" what you read and see here - only believe that which either you already know to be true or you can verify from other sources. The history offered in these pages is an admixture of both fact and opinion. To help visitors to distinguish between the two, we have made every effort to either identify the source of each account or have used phraseology such as "it is believed; according to some sources; or tradition has it that." To the fullest extent possible, it is our objective to present a historically accurate and objective account of the history of the Sinclairs, consistent with the ancient injunction "but truth conquers all.""
If you follow the link undernoted you will find a complete explanation of the selling of the Baronets of Nova Scotia. One feature of the sale was to allow the purchaser to add the title 'Sir' to his name. Today, as the inheritor the Rt Honourable Earl of Caithness is entitled to also be known as Sir Malcolm.
Baronets of Nova Scotia
"At Windsor Castle on September 10, 1621 King James signed a grant in favour of Sir William Alexander covering all of the lands "between our Colonies of New England and Newfoundland, to be known as New Scotland" (Nova Scotia in Latin), an area larger than Great Britain and France combined.
The New Scotland grant consisted approximately of what we now know as the Maritime Provinces, with the Gaspe Peninsula and much of eastern Maine. On October 18, 1624 the King announced his intention of creating a new order of baronets to Scottish "knichts and gentlemen of cheife respect for ther birth, place, or fortounes". James VI/I died on March 27, 1625 but his heir, Charles I, lost no time in implementing his father's plan. By the end of 1625, the first 22 Baronets of Nova Scotia were created and, as inducements to settlement of his new colony of Nova Scotia, Sir William offered tracts of land totalling 11,520 acres "to all such principal knichts & esquires as will be pleased to be undertakers of the said plantations & who will promise to set forth 6 men, artificers or laborers, sufficiently armed, apparelled & victualled for 2 yrs." Baronets could receive their patents in Edinburgh rather than London, and an area of Edinburgh Castle was declared Nova Scotian territory for this purpose. In return, they had to pay Sir William 1000 merks for his "past charges in discoverie of the said country."
Grants of land were made until the end of 1639, by which time 122 baronetcies had been created, 113 of whom were granted lands in Nova Scotia. The Order continued until 1707, by which time 329 baronetcies were made."
This link is supported with numerous references. The danger of un-referenced material presented as history is evident.
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From: "John S. Quarterman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 9:04 AM
Subject: Sinclair Dates
> July 15
> 1657: George present,
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