Name: William Sinclair
Suffix: 1st E of Caithness, 3rd E of Orkney
Burial: Rosslyn Chapel, nr Edinburgh, Scotland
Residence: Roslin Castle
Note: Created Earl
Occupation: Knight Templar and founder of Rosslyn Chapel
Change Date: 1 NOV 2005
11th Baron of Rosslyn. Last Sinclair Jarl or Earl of Orkney.
Was Chancellor, Admiral, & Chief Justice of Scotland
Founded Rosslyn Chapel 1446.
Rosslyn Chapel, or the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew as it was to have been, was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, third and last St Clair Prince of Orkney. It is in fact only part of the choir of what was intended to be a larger cruciform building with a tower at its centre.
More than thirty-seven collegiate churches were built in Scotland between the reigns of James I and James IV (1406-1513). They were secular foundations intended to spread intellectual and spiritual knowledge, and the extravagance of their construction depended on the wealth of their founder.
Rosslyn chapel was built by William Sinclair, a grand master of the Knights Templar. Some have suggested he erected it to house the Holy Grail.
(Article in Edinburgh Evening News 15 June 1004, in wake of the book ?The Da Vinci Code?)
After Sir William died in 1484, he was buried in the unfinished Chapel and the larger building he had planned was never completed. But the foundations of the nave are said to have been excavated in the nineteenth century and found to extend ninety-one feet beyond the Chapel's original west door, under the existing baptistry and churchyard.
The first earl of Caithness , it is said lived like a prince. His wife [which one?], according to an old chronicler, was ``served by seventy-five gentlewomen, whereof fifty-three were daughers of noblemen, all clothed in velvets and silks, with their chains of gold and other ornaments and was attended by two hundred riding gentlemen in all journies''. They lived at Roslin castle.
Father: Henry St Clair
Mother: Egidia or Algida or Jill Douglas
Elizabeth Douglas b: ABT 1394 in Douglas, Lanarkshire
- William ?The Waster? Sinclair
- Catherine Sinclair
- Marjory Sinclair
Marjory Sutherland b: ABT 1436
- William Sinclair
- Oliver Sinclair
- Eleanor Sinclair
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Title: Clan Sinclair USA