Name: George Sinclair
Suffix: of Downreay
Note: 1 2|
Change Date: 21 MAR 2007
Place now spelt Dounreay.
George Sinclair in Downreay and in Durran, the third son of William of Dunbeath, is not much noticed. In 1643 he renounced a bond over Brims, in favour of his grand-nephew, John of Brims. He had a son, John, and a daughter, Barbara, who, in 1640, married David Sinclair of Lybster, in Reay,
a descendant probably of Henry Sinclair of Lybster, natural son of John, Master of Caithness.
It is conjectured that James Sinclair of Borlum, and latterly of Toftkemp, who held Brubster and many of the lands which once belonged to the Dunbeath family, may possibly have been a son of this George Sinclair.
Burkes Landed Gentry Scotland re William SInclair of Dunbeath does not mention George Sinclair as one of his sons, but it does say there were other issue.
According to "The Sinclairs of Borlum, Toftkemp, and Thura" in a chaptercalled "The Irish Scions " Chapter XIV, which came from a volume called" The Saint Clairs of the Isles". and two other sources #1 CaithnessFamily History, by John Henderson*, & # 2 from the Sinclair News letterCalled GIRNIGOE, News letter of the Clan Sinclair, vol 9 April 1998.Information from Ian Sinclair of Toronto
[* this does not appear to mention George.]
"Possibly grandson of William Sinclair of Dunbeath to whom Brubster, Brims, Toftkemp and Thura belonged." "If of Dunreath family, he was probably the son of George Sinclair of Downreay."
also it says
"he may have been of the family of Murkle, and if so, or he may have been a brother of John Sinclair, first of Assery, and a son of James Sinclair, first of Murkle."
JAMES SINCLAIR, FIRST OF MURKLE, was the second son of John, Master of Caithness, and grandson of George, fourth Earl of Caithness. He is frequently, but erroneously styled Sir James.
He married Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of Robert, Earl of Strathearn and Orkney, a natural son of King James V, and he had two sons and a daughter: -
1. James; his successor [he was knighted]
2. Francis, who served in the German wars, and who is stated by Gordon to have held the rank of Serjeant-major. In 1621 he had returned to Scotland, and married (Contract of Marriage, 19th July 1621) Janet, daughter of Alexander Sutherland of Forse, by whom he had a son, James, who left no issue. In a procuratory of resignation of Murkle. by Sir James Sinclair in 1644, James Sinclair is mentioned as "eldest lawful son" of Francis, his brother, and in the Peerage case it was held that there was no other son of Francis
1. Agnes, who married John McKay of Dirlot and Strathy
Father: William Sinclair
Mother: Beatrix Gordon
- James Sinclair
- Text: CAITHNESS FAMILY HISTORY By JOHN HENDERSON, W.S.
Edinburgh: DAVID DOUGLAS
- Text: THE BISHOPRIC OF ORKNEY
REFERENCES TO LANDS IN CAITHNESS
BY ROLAND S:T CLAIR
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