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Clan Sinclair Canada Annual Winter Gathering

Re: Update on Attention Canadian and Ontario Sinclairs

From: "Rory Sinclair" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 12:07:33 -0500

John Quarterman has brought to my attention that I should perhaps have not been so chauvinistic in my invitation to the Winter Gathering this February 27 in Toronto. It is of course sponsored by the Ontario Section of Clan Sinclair Association (Canada) but there is no intention to be as exclusive in who we invite as it may have sounded. Indeed, our American cousins are very welcome to attend as last year we had Margaret Sapirek and two friends come plus the Matthews from Lewiston. Even further, we welcome interest from non-Sinclairs as we think that there are several good reasons why non-Sinclairs may wish to attend and mentioning the name Rosslyn Chapel is all I need say here. So everyone is welcome to the Gathering please sign up by email, snail-mail, smoke signal or any other means. Come and have a blast!

Aye Rory

From: "Rory Sinclair" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 15:35:56 -0500

Special Guest: Malcolm Sinclair Earl of Caithness and Hereditary Chief of Clan Sinclair.

Time: 12:00 noon for 1:00 Luncheon

Place: University Womens Club, 162 St. George Street, Toronto. (nearest major intersection Bloor and Spadina.)


  • Showing of video Rosslyn Chapel with the Earl of Rosslyn as our Guide.
  • Update on events in Scotland by the Earl of Caithness.
  • Latest information on the Sinclair 2000 Gathering.
This a great opportunity for Ontario Sinclairs who were not able to make it to Guysborough in 1998, to meet our Chief. Let's fill the hall for him!

Reservations and/or further information can be had from Rory Sinclair, Secretary, Clan Sinclair Association:

Aye, Rory

Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 12:52:28 -0500
From: Ian Sinclair <>

Dear Cousins:

I hope I haven't missed something, but I would like to comment about the Winter Gathering of the Clan Sinclair Ass. of Canada held last Sunday in Toronto.

Organized by our Association Sec./Tres., piper, and all-around charismatic leader, Rory, this event has became a staple of our Clan Sinclair life and this year, forty-six of us, the largest group to date, enjoyed the fine luncheon and the opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. Most notable, of course, among those in attendance was our Clan Chief, Malcolm, who spoke about his plans, through the Sinclair Trust, to save and restore the Sinclair castles, the development of the Research Centre at Noss Head and about the Gathering 2000 this Summer. What an amazing time to be a Sinclair! How fortunate we are to have a Chief who is willing to spend his time and energy on such exciting Clan affairs!

It was also wonderful to meet Mary Selver, representing our U. S. Clan cousins, and John and Gretchen Quarterman, to whom we owe so much for facilitating our communication through this list.

Our Clan President, W. E. (Bill) Sinclair of Halifax, brought us greetings and news of events in Nova Scotia, and we saw a video presentation of Rosslyn Chapel.

All in all, it was an inspiring day, and many thanks are due to Rory, and photographer-and-right-hand Mary, for their efforts to make it happen.

Ian Sinclair
Richmond Hill, Ont.

From: "Neil Sinclair/Peggy Rintoul" <>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 10:12:49 -0500

Greetings to the extended clan;

I note that Ian has already done a splendid job of sharing the wonderful event of last Sunday, namely our clan gathering in Ontario! He has done so in an elegant and timely manner. What I want to do is perhaps add a bit of my perceptions and appreciations of individuals that go the extra mile 'litterally' for others and in sharing fellowship, heritage, friendship and family fun. I would like to convey here, a thank you to our extended family that works so hard to share the values of being part of something that spans time and geography, and nurtures relationships and friendships.

It is always a treat to see Rory who is such a gentle host and also dynamic driver of clan fellowship; standing in the hall to greet members in one of his full "Sinclair Dress regalias." But there was far more surprises in the offing. The most special was meeting many of our "list friends" in person. Email addresses have faces and voices! Mary Selver was greeting and helping out on Sunday as if she were a Torontonian all her life. It was special she was there. Then John Quarterman and Gretchen we found were not "cyber bots" (we really knew better) but warm brilliant communicatiors and they had come a piece. Austin is not exactly around the corner. Then we had the pleasure of meeting the Nova Scotia cousins, Bill Sinclair and our direct cousin Roger, (Clan Sinclair Canada/ Nova Scotia, both in Sinclair dress). What a pleasure. And Halifax is not exactly around the corner either.

Then we had more surprises when Rory suggested that this day was hard to top when we had an opportunity to meet our Chief Malcolm as an individual that had a lot to share and offer and a mission to preserve our heritage. I came away very impressed with the commitment energy and drive to preserving and passing on the Sinclair culture and tradition for generations to come for an extended family around the globe. Then there were PEI cousins, Toni and Sandy of the Argyll net, and Wanda of the Toronto Archives, and Heather from Durham College and how the list goes on and on! What a fine opportunity it was to meet such a splendid gathering of fine individuals of all ages and to salute the volunteers of our Ontario association.

So Rory your gathering was a home run clear out of our Toronto Skydome! Peggy my better half, and myself, as attendees of such a fine event, want to thank you publically for the efforts you made. Events do not just happen they take a lot of work! I also personally thank, those that came from such great distances and from our community and shared of themselves the fellowship, rewards of common heritage we can take pride in. We look forward to sharing the rewards of that friendship in times to come.

But perhaps most importantly we are again reminded of the continuing human energy that is now networked around the world. To those friends in Australia and New Zeland the rewards ahead of you are many. To those participants on the list, thank you for keeping your posts coming. As "Sinclair's" something special is developing in an ongoing fashion, through time and over distance which is special. It is as Rob might venture ours is "a unique song among the chorus of human voices" and it plays well. Thanks to all those that came, and to all you that read and participate on this list. In deepest appreciation you have our gratitude.

Neil Sinclair & Peggy Rintoul
Toronto/PEI/Argyll and Ontario/Perthshire
Attendees at the Clan Sinclair Ontario 2000 gathering.

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