'Sinclair05'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Sinclair of Caithness, Sinclair of Canisbay, Sinclair of Durran, Sinclair of Mey, Sinclair of Olrig

Sir William Sinclair of Mey & Canisbay (d c1643)
m. (mcrt 23.04.1600) Katherine Ross (d 05.07.1603, dau of George Ross of Balnagown)
1. Sir James Sinclair, 1st Bart of Canisbay and Mey (dvp 02.06.1631)
  m. (mcrt 26.07.1628) Elizabeth Leslie (dau of Patrick Leslie, 1st Lord Lindores)
  A. Sir William Sinclair, 2nd Bart of Mey (d before 1694)
  m. (mcrt 04.10.1648) Margaret Mackenzie (d 1692, dau of George Mackenzie, 2nd Earl of Seaforth)
  i. Sir James Sinclair, 3rd Bart of Mey
Henderson reports that James m1. Frances, dau of Sir John Towers of Inverleith of that Ilk, and suggests that she was mother of James & Barbara. Henderson then reports that James m2. Jane Sinclair. BP1934 mentions only the marriage to Jan Sinclair but Douglas's 'Baronage of Scotland' ('Sinclair of Mey', p253) does, without mentioning Jane Sinclair. TCB (vol 2, 'Sinclair of Canisbay', p390) refers to this but reports (of Towers of that ilk) that "There never was such a family" and suggests that this was confusion with the Jean Towers who m. Sir John Sinclair, 2nd Bart of Longformacus.
  m. Jane Sinclair (dau of Francis Sinclair of Keiss and Northfield)
  a. Sir James Sinclair, 4th Bart of Mey (d 1736)
  m. Mary Sutherland (dau of James Sutherland, 2nd Lord of Duffus)
  (1) Sir James Sinclair, 5th Bart of Mey (b 26.04.1715, d 04.10.1760)
  m. Margaret Sinclair (dau of John Sinclair of Barrock)
(A) Sir John Sinclair, 6th Bart of Mey (d 26.03.1774)
  m. Charlotte Sutherland (dau of Eric Sutherland, 'Lord Duffus')
  (i) Sir James Sinclair, 7th Bart of Mey, 12th Earl of Caithness (b 31.10.1766, d 16.07.1823)
  James inherited the Earldom from his kinsman the 11th Earl.
  m. (02.01.1784) Jane Campbell (d 02.04.1853, dau of Alexander Campbell of Barcaldine)
  (a) John Sinclair, Lord Berriedale (b 20.07.1788, dvp unm 01.06.1802)
  (b) Alexander Campbell Sinclair, 13th Earl of Caithness (b 24.07.1790, d 24.12.1855) had issue
  m. (22.11.1813) Frances Harriett Leigh (d 23.08.1854, dau of William Leigh of Rushall Hall)
  (c) James Sinclair (b 24.10.1797, dsp 18.01.1856, Lt. Colonel)
  m. (1818) Elizabeth Tritton (dau of George Tritton of Westhill)
  (d) Patrick Campbell Sinclair (b 14.07.1800, d 13.03.1834)
  m. Isabella McGregor (d 03.03.1853, dau of Maj. Gen. McGregor)
(e) Eric George Sinclair (b 19.08.1801, d 26.09.1829)
  (f) John Sinclair (b 04.07.1808, d 08.01.1861)
  m. (22.10.1833) Maria Petronella Church (d 26.02.1878, dau of John Church)
  (g) Janet Sinclair (d 24.02.1867)
  m. (10.05.1805) James Buchanan of Craigend Castle (d 21.12.1860)
  (h) Helen Sinclair (d unm 01.10.1803)
  (i) Charlotte Ann Sinclair (d 07.04.1854)
  m. (21.05.1810) Alexander Murray MacGregor (d 18.07.1823, Maj. General)
(ii) Margaret Sinclair
  m. (01.09.1782) William Leslie of Darkland (minister)
  (B) William Sinclair
  m. Elizabeth Sinclair (dau of Richard Sinclair of Thurso, son of Alexander of Dun)
  (i)+ issue (d unm) - John (d Waterloo 18.06.1815), Williamina
  (3)+ other issue (dsp - William, Kenneth, Margaret)
b. Margaret Sinclair
  m. John (not Francis) Sinclair of Stirkoke
  partner unknown
  c. John Sinclair of Hollandmake
  ii. George Sinclair (b 02.08.1653)
  m. Margaret Moncreiff
  a. Margaret Sinclair (b 15.11.1687)
  iii. Elizabeth Sinclair
  m. John Sinclair of Ratter (d 1714)
iv. Barbara Sinclair
  m. (1696) David Sinclair of Freswick (dsp 1712)
  v. Mary Sinclair (b 29.03.1660)
  B. John (James) Sinclair of Stangerhill (dsp)
  C. Robert Sinclair of Durran (d c1709)
  The following is supported by 'The Sinclairs of Durran' within 'Caithness Family History' (John Henderson, 1884, p75+).
  m. (mcrt 01.03.1678) Anne Sinclair (dau of William Sinclair of Ratter)
i. John Sinclair of Durran (d 1728)
  m. Elizabeth Sinclair (dau of George Sinclair of Barrock by Elizabeth Murray)
  a. James Sinclair of Durran (b 1718, d 1793, 3rd son)
  m1. (1744) Elizabeth Dunbar (dau of Sir Patrick Dunbar, 3rd Bart of Northfield)
  (1) James Sinclair (bpt 19.07.1745, d young)
  (2) Patrick Sinclair of Durran (bpt 28.06.1747, d 1794, Captain RN)
  Henderson identifies Patrick's wife as Anne, dau of James Sinclair Sutherland of Swinzie. BP1934 identifies her as ...
m. Anne Sutherland (dau of Robert Sutherland of Langwell)
  (A) Patrick Sinclair (d young)
  (B) James Sinclair of Durran (d unm 21.07.1801, Lt. RN)
  (C) Catherine Sinclair of Durran (d 1849)
  m. John Worth of Oakley (Captain RN)
  (3) George Sinclair (bpt 11.02.1749, d 06.12.1779, WS)
  m. (19.09.1775) Elizabeth Sutherland (dau of John Sutherland, 13th of Forse)
  (A) John Sutherland Sinclair (b 1778, d 12.04.1841, Lt. Col) had issue
  m1. (22.06.1802) Marianne Gamble (dau of John Gamble)
m2. (23.01.1817) Frances Ramsay (d 20.01.1823, dau of David Ramsay, Captain RN)
  m3. (13.10.1824) Euphemia Buchan (d 19.12.1872, dau of Thomas Buchan of Auchmachoy)
  By this third marriage, John had a son James who became 16th Earl of Caithness.
  (4) Robert Sinclair (d unm 1793, Major)
  (5) Margaret Sinclair (bpt 19.05.1744)
m. Patrick Honyman of Graemsay & Armadale
  (6) Catherine Sinclair
  m. (1788) Alexander Robertson (son of James of Bishopmiln)
  (7) Elizabeth Sinclair
  m. (1775) William Robertson of Auchinroath
m2. Dorothea Bruce
  (8) John Sinclair (d before 1789)
  b. Jean Sinclair (bpt 10.12.1724)
  m. James Sutherland of Swinzie (cousin)
  c.+ other issue - Robert (dvpsp 1725), John (dvpsp 1727), George (dsp, Major)
  ii. Anne Sinclair
  m1. James Sutherland of Langwell
m2. John Sinclair of Barrock
  iii Janet Sinclair
  D. George Sinclair of Olrig
  The following is supported by 'The Sinclairs of Olrig' within 'Caithness Family History' (John Henderson, 1884, p80+).
  m. Elizabeth Sinclair (dau of Alexander Sinclair of Latheron)
i. Alexander Sinclair of Olrig (d 1710)
  m. Katharine Budge (dau of Donald Budge of Toftinghall)
  a. Donald Sinclair of Olrig & Bilbster
  m. Finella Sinclair (dau/heir of Charles Sinclair of Bilbster)
  (1) Charles Sinclair of Olrig
  m. Elizabeth Sutherland (dau of Eric Sutherland of Duffus)
  (A) Donald Sinclair of Olrig (dsp)
  (B) Finella (Fenella) Sinclair of Olrig
m. Archibald Cullen
  (C)+ other issue - Elizabeth, Janet
  (2) Henrietta Sinclair (a 1786)
  m. Benjamin Moodie (d by 1786, Captain)
  b. Elizabeth Sinclair
  m. Charles Sinclair of Stirkoke (probably not Bilbster)
  c. Esther Sinclair (a 1767)
  m. John Sinclair of Forss
  d. Katharine Sinclair (a 1767)
  m. William Budge of Toftingall (WS)
  e.+ other issue - James in Duncansbay & Warse, Alexander, William
  E. Anne Sinclair (d 1699)
  m. (1654) Sir George Mackenzie of Tarbat, 1st Earl of Cromarty (b 1630, d 27.07.1714)
  F. Elizabeth Sinclair (d 1722)
  m. (1656) Sir William Sinclair of Dunbeath (d 1690)

Main source(s): BP1934 (Caithness), 'The Sinclairs of Mey' within 'Caithness Family History' (John Henderson, 1884, p61+)
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