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137. Elizabeth SINCLAIR 143 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) was born in Scotland and died after 1589.

Elizabeth married Huistean Du McKAY Of Farr,5 son of Y MACKAY Of Farr 1 and Christian SINCLAIR,1 on 4 Oct 1580 in Marriage Contract.181 Huistean was born in 1561 in Scotland and died on 11 Sep 1614 at age 53. Another name for Huistean was Hutcheon McKAY Of Farr.182

Elizabeth's Marriage Details : Second cousins once removed.

He was still a minor when his father died (1572). Huistean became a ward of George, 4th Earl of Caithness and resided with him at Girnigo until Huistean came of age in 1582.

1600 - required to find caution for 10,000 merks to "keep the King's peace".
1602 - Queen Elizabeth required 100 men of Huistean to quell a rebellion in Ireland.
1608 - required to quell disorder in the Hebrides.

Was also known as Mackay Forbes.

Divorced Elizabeth and married Jane Gordon.


The child from this marriage was:

+ 172 F    i. Christina MACKAY 1 was born before 1588.

Elizabeth next married Alexander SUTHERLAND Of Duffus,183 son of Sir William SUTHERLAND Of Duffus 112 and Lady Elizabeth STEWART,112 in 1568. Alexander was born in 1554 and died in 1570 at age 16.

Alexander's Death Details : Y

Elizabeth next married Alexander INNES.148

Alexander's Death Details : Y

138. John SINCLAIR Master Of Caithness 143 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) was born before 1530 in Castle Girnigo, Caithness, Scotland, died on 15 Mar 1576 in Castle Girnigo, Caithness, Scotland,144 and was buried in Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

John's Death Details : St Clairs of the Isles notes his death year as 1576

John obtained a charter on 2 Oct 1545 from Queen Mary. This signifies that he had to be of adult age by this time.
John is believed to have been captured and held prisoner by his father in the dungeon of Girnigoe, where he apparently killed his brother, and died of starvation. Other sources have it that he died at Knockinnon.

There are a number of problems with the usual account of his death. It is generally stated that, after being imprisoned for six years (St Clair's, p. 195) he attempted an escape with the assistance of one of his jailers. The plot however, was discovered by his brother William, and John's assistant was hung. Shortly after this, John is supposed to have leapt upon his brother and "...crushed out his life in an iron embrace." (St Clair's citing Henderson). This is a highly unlikely turn of events. A man who had been imprisoned in shackles for six years, as John was supposed to have been, would hardly have had the strength to do this, particularly as he was reputed to have not been well cared for. As well, it is generally stated that because of this incident, John was thereafter subjected to torture in the form of witholding food and then giving him highly salted beef, whilst denying him water, which apparently caused him to die in great agony. This may indeed have happened, however it could not have been the result of his brother William's death, as William died a good three years prior to John.

As well, the inscription on John's tombstone belies his death as a murderer and in disgrace with his father. He was buried in the Sinclair Aisle of the Churchyard of Wick and the inscription reads "Here lies entombed ane noble and worthie man, John, Master of Caithness...". This is not the inscription of a man in disgrace. There is no tombstone or memorial for William.

"There is ample evidence to show the Master of Caithness (father of the 5th Earl and son of the 4th Earl) lived his last years in Knockinnon Castle, staying out of the way of his father. He was a gentle soul and his father was not. The Master is buried in the Sinclair Aisle in the Wick Churchyard." --David Bouschor
Alt Death: 15 Mar 1576 Caithness, Scotland
Alt Death Notes: Age at death given on tombstone as 45 years.
Alt Death: 15 Mar 1576 Caithness, Scotland
Alt Death Notes: Age at death given on tombstone as 45 years.
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John has conflicting birth information of 1543. 185 Scots Peerage designates his birth year as 1543 as Gilbert Grote's Protocol Book states he was 20 years of age "..or thereby" on 8 November 1563. However, this date is in direct conflict with his stated age at death. It also means he would have been two years of age when his father resigned the Earldom in his favour. I think in this case that we must consider Gilbert Grote's date to be incorrect.

John has conflicting death information of 1578 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom. 16 Burkes Peerage states he was imprisoned in 1571 and died 1578. However they do not give any sources for their information. Burkes cannot be right in this, as his tombstone clearly reads 1576.

John has conflicting death information of Sep 1575. 186 The Scots Peerage states he died in September 1575 based on the registration of his testament on that date in the Commissary Court. However, this could, and in fact, probably would, have been lodged whilst he was alive, and again, his tombstone clearly reads 15 March 1576. His will was not probated until 1599.

He had an estate probated Edinburgh Commissary Court on 27 Jul 1599. Scottish Documents Ref. CC8/8/33

John married Jean HEPBURN Lady Morhame,1 daughter of Patrick HEPBURN 3rd Earl Of Bothwell 179 and Agnes ST. CLAIR,1 before 1564.16 Jean died in 1599 in Scotland.16

Jean's Death Details : Will proved 27 July 1599

In 1581 Jean made supplication on behalf of her lawful son, Francis Stuart, Earl of Bothwell.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 173 M    i. George SINCLAIR 43rd Earl; 5Th Sinclair Earl Of Caithness 187 was born in 1566 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom16 and died in 1643 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom188 at age 77.

+ 174 M    ii. James SINCLAIR 1st Of Murkle 189 was born about 1568190 and died after 1621.

+ 175 M    iii. Sir John SINCLAIR 1st Of Greenland And Rattar 191 was born about 1570 and died in 1622 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom118 aged about 52.

+ 176 F    iv. Agnes SINCLAIR 1 was born before 1575.

+ 177 F    v. Marie SINCLAIR .192

John had a relationship with UNKNOWN.1

's Death Details : Y


Their children were:

+ 178 M    i. David SINCLAIR Of Stirkoke 1 was born before 1566 and died before 1595.193

+ 179 M    ii. Henry SINCLAIR 159 was born before 1570.

139. William SINCLAIR 1st Of Mey 145 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) was born about 1535 in Mey, Caithness, Scotland146 and died in 1572 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom147 aged about 37.

Alt Birth: 1608
Second son of George, 2nd Earl of Caithness.

Purportedly murdered by his brother, John, during John's imprisonment at Girnigoe Castle.

Events

William SINCLAIR 1st Of Mey obtained the lands of Mey, by charter from his father, in Mar 1572 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom 194

William had a relationship with Margaret MOWAT,195 daughter of James MOWAT Of Balquhollie, not married.118 Margaret was born in Ulbster, Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

Margaret's Marriage Details : Their child was a "natural" child (born out of wedlock)
Not Married
Alt Marriage: Margaret Mowat Status: Unmarried Notes: A common mistake has been to misread the details regarding the parentage of the two children and Margaret Mowat. Lucy Gordon was Margaret's mother, not the mother of either of William's sons. 163

Margaret's Death Details : Y


Their children were:

+ 180 M    i. John SINCLAIR 197 was born before 1565 in Ulbster, Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

+ 181 M    ii. Patrick SINCLAIR 1st Of Ulbster 159 was born before 1567 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom.198

William next had a relationship with Lucy GORDON,1 daughter of Gordon Of Gight, ____________.118

Lucy's Death Details : Y


Their child was:

+ 182 M    i. John SINCLAIR 2nd Of Ulbster 1 was born before 1567 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom and died about 1640.

140. George SINCLAIR 2nd Of Mey 148 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) was born after 1537 in Scotland and died in 1616 in Scotland.149

"He was a man of ability, who lost no opportunity of promoting his family interests, and considerable additions to the family estate were made by him." St Clairs of the Isles, p.233

Events

Appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Caithness by Robert, Bishop of Caithess, 1572. 200

Obtained a precept of clare constat from Robert, Bishop of Caithness, 1573. 200

Obtained a Crown Charter, 1585. 200

Obtained a Crown Charter, 1592. 200

George married Margaret FORBES,1 daughter of William FORBES 7th Lord Forbes, on 13 Dec 1578 in Scotland.201 Margaret was born on 14 Oct 1557 in Scotland.203

Margaret's Marriage Details : General consensus is that they married in 1578. Medieval Families Unit state it was the 13th December.

Margaret's Death Details : Y


Children from this marriage were:

+ 183 M    i. Sir William SINCLAIR 3rd Of Mey 1 was born about 1579 in Scotland and died about 1643 in Scotland aged about 64.

+ 184 M    ii. Sir John SINCLAIR Of Geanies And Dunbeath 1 was born after 1579 in Scotland.

+ 185 M    iii. James SINCLAIR 1 was born after 1580.

+ 186 M    iv. Alexander SINCLAIR Of Latheron 15 was born after 1581 in Scotland and died before 1647 in Latheron, Caithness, Scotland.204

+ 187 F    v. Janet SINCLAIR 1 was born after 1582 in Scotland.

+ 188 F    vi. Margaret SINCLAIR 1 was born after 1580 in Scotland.

+ 189 F    vii. Barbara SINCLAIR 1 was born before 1593 in Scotland.

+ 190 F    viii. Elizabeth SINCLAIR 1 was born before 1596.

+ 191 F    ix. Anne SINCLAIR .1

141. Barbara SINCLAIR 150 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) was born in 1535 and died in Jul 1576 in Scotland151 at age 41.

Barbara married Alexander SUTHERLAND 11th Earl Of Sutherland 1 in 1567.153 Alexander was born in Apr 1553.16 They had no children.

Barbara's Marriage Details : Decreet of divorce granted on the grounds of Barbara's adultery with Iye Du Mackay of Strathnaver and Farr (Y McKay).

Alexander was 15 and Barbara was 32 when they married. (See St Clair's, p.192 for more detail.)

Alexander's Death Details : Y

Barbara next married Alexander INNES 16th Of Innes,15 son of William INNES 15th Of Innes 1 and Elizabeth HEPBURN,15 after 10 Sep 1574.205 Alexander died 1 Jan 1577 or 1578 in Edinburgh, Scotland.16 The cause of his death was Beheaded for murder of Walter Innes. They had no children.

Barbara has conflicting marriage information of May 1574.

142. Lady Margaret SINCLAIR 152 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died before 1604.153

Margaret married William SUTHERLAND Of Duffus,112 son of Alexander SUTHERLAND Of Duffus 183 and Janet GRANT,202 on 13 Oct 1579 in Marriage Contract.153 William died in 1616.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 192 M    i. William SUTHERLAND Of Duffus 202 died on 21 Oct 1626 in Scotland.

143. Janet SINCLAIR 154 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

Janet's Death Details : Y

Janet married William SUTHERLAND 138 on 20 Oct 1573 in Marriage Contract.7

William's Death Details : Y

Janet next married Robert MUNRO.154

Robert's Death Details : Y

Janet next married William SINCLAIR Of Stemster, 3Rd Of Dunbeath,159 son of David SINCLAIR Of Dun, First Of Forss 1 and Margaret CALDER,1 ____________.206 William died before 1608.

William's Death Details : Known to have died before his father.

First styled "of Forss" in 1561-62-63.

May 1561 - admitted vassal in Forss by the Earl of Sutherland. (This gives us an approximate
date of death for his father)

1567 - Witness to a notarial instrument in favour of Alexander, Earl of Sinclair, with John
Sinclair of Dun

According to the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, William acquired this estate from the Earl of Sutherland in 1560.
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144. Janet SINCLAIR 155 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

This lady was much married, depending on which source. St Clairs states she married Robert Munro of Foulis; Caithness Family History state she married William Sinclair and the Scots Peerage state she married William Sutherland. Burkes Peerage omits her altogether.

Janet married Robert MUNRO Of Foulis.207

Janet next married William SINCLAIR Of Stemster, 3Rd Of Dunbeath,159 son of David SINCLAIR Of Dun, First Of Forss 1 and Margaret CALDER,1 ____________.208 William died before 1608.

William's Death Details : Known to have died before his father.

First styled "of Forss" in 1561-62-63.

May 1561 - admitted vassal in Forss by the Earl of Sutherland. (This gives us an approximate
date of death for his father)

1567 - Witness to a notarial instrument in favour of Alexander, Earl of Sinclair, with John
Sinclair of Dun

According to the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, William acquired this estate from the Earl of Sutherland in 1560.
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Janet next married William SUTHERLAND Younger Of Dunbeath 209 on 20 Oct 1573 in Marriage Contract.210

145. David SINCLAIR 156 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died after 1585.

Nothing is ever said of this son.
Recorded in the Reg. Mag. Sig., 8 July 1574. Scots Peerage gives a date of 19 May 1585

146. Agnes SINCLAIR 156 (George 4th Earl Caithness105, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died on 6 Nov 1619.157

Agnes married Andrew 8th Earl Of Erroll 211 20 or 21 Sep 1581 in Marriage Contract.213 Andrew died in 1585.214

Agnes next married Alexander GORDON Of Strathaven 215 in 1588 in Marriage Contract.217

Alexander's Death Details : Y

147. John LESLIE Of Balmain 1 (Marjory SINCLAIR107, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

John's Death Details : Y

148. George LESLIE 2nd Earl Of Rothes 1 (Marjory SINCLAIR107, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died before 31 Mar 1513 in Scotland. He had no known marriage and no known children.

149. William LESLIE 3rd Earl Of Rothes 1 (Marjory SINCLAIR107, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died in 1513 in Flodden, Northumberland, England.

William married Margaret BALFOUR.1

Margaret's Death Details : Y


Children from this marriage were:

+ 193 M    i. George LESLIE 4th Earl Of Rothes .1

+ 194 M    ii. John LESLIE Of Parkhill .1

+ 195 M    iii. James LESLIE Parson Of Rothes 1 died in 1576 in Scotland.16

150. John SINCLAIR 2nd Of Dun 5 (David Of Dun, First Of Forss110, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died before 1616.

John's Death Details : Y

Wife's name is apparently unknown (St Clair's, p. 241)

1591 - infeft by charter
1592 - Crown charter of confirmation.

John married someone.

His children were:

+ 196 M    i. David SINCLAIR 3rd Of Dun .1

+ 197 M    ii. James SINCLAIR 1 was born before 1596.

+ 198 M    iii. George SINCLAIR .1

John married Agatha GROTE.218 Agatha died about 1642.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 199 M    i. William SINCLAIR 1st Of Southdun .219

151. William SINCLAIR Of Stemster, 3Rd Of Dunbeath 159 (David Of Dun, First Of Forss110, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died before 1608.

William's Death Details : Known to have died before his father.

First styled "of Forss" in 1561-62-63.

May 1561 - admitted vassal in Forss by the Earl of Sutherland. (This gives us an approximate
date of death for his father)

1567 - Witness to a notarial instrument in favour of Alexander, Earl of Sinclair, with John
Sinclair of Dun

According to the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, William acquired this estate from the Earl of Sutherland in 1560.
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William married Janet SINCLAIR,155 daughter of George SINCLAIR 4th Earl Caithness 113 and Lady Elizabeth GRAHAM,141 ____________.208

This lady was much married, depending on which source. St Clairs states she married Robert Munro of Foulis; Caithness Family History state she married William Sinclair and the Scots Peerage state she married William Sutherland. Burkes Peerage omits her altogether.

(Duplicate Line. See Person 144)

William next married Janet URQUHART 220 ____________.118

Janet's Death Details : Y


Children from this marriage were:

+ 200 M    i. David SINCLAIR .220

+ 201 M    ii. Alexander SINCLAIR Of Forss .1

William next married Janet SINCLAIR,154 daughter of George SINCLAIR 4th Earl Caithness 113 and Lady Elizabeth GRAHAM,141 ____________.206

Janet's Death Details : Y

(Duplicate Line. See Person 143)

152. Alexander SINCLAIR 117 (David Of Dun, First Of Forss110, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

Alexander's Death Details : Y

153. Henry SINCLAIR 117 (David Of Dun, First Of Forss110, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died in 1586 in Auldgown, Sutherland, Scotland.160

154. George SINCLAIR 117 (David Of Dun, First Of Forss110, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died after 1563.118

155. Matthew SINCLAIR 1 (David Of Dun, First Of Forss110, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died after 1584.118

156. Christian SINCLAIR 1 (David Of Dun, First Of Forss110, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) was born before 1540.118

Christian's Death Details : Y

known to be the cousin of the Earl of Caithness
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Christian married Y MACKAY Of Farr 1 about 1557.118 Y died in 1572.221

The child from this marriage was:

+ 202 M    i. Huistean Du McKAY Of Farr 5 was born in 1561 in Scotland and died on 11 Sep 1614 at age 53.

157. John SINCLAIR Archbishop Of Caithness 161 (David Of Dun, First Of Forss110, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

158. David SINCLAIR 162 (David Of Dun, First Of Forss110, John 3rd Earl Of Caithness67, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

David's Death Details : Y

159. Richard SINCLAIR 164 (William 2nd Of Dunbeath111, Alexander Of Dunbeath And Stemster68, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

160. George SINCLAIR 164 (William 2nd Of Dunbeath111, Alexander Of Dunbeath And Stemster68, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

161. William SINCLAIR 3rd Of Dunbeath 159 (William 2nd Of Dunbeath111, Alexander Of Dunbeath And Stemster68, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

William's Death Details : Y

162. George SINCLAIR 154 (William 2nd Of Dunbeath111, Alexander Of Dunbeath And Stemster68, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

George's Death Details : Y

163. Richard SINCLAIR 154 (William 2nd Of Dunbeath111, Alexander Of Dunbeath And Stemster68, William 2nd Earl Of Caithness45, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

Richard's Death Details : Y

164. Henry SINCLAIR 5th Lord Sinclair 1 (William 4th Lord Sinclair114, Henry 3rd Lord Sinclair86, William "The Waster" 2nd Lord Sinclair58, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died in 1601 in Scotland.16

Henry married Janet LINDSAY.,1 daughter of Patrick LINDSAY 6th Lord Lindsay Of The Byres. Janet died about 1569 in Scotland.

Events

She had an estate probated on 15 Apr 1569 in Edinburgh, Scotland. 222 (testament confirmed on this date)

Children from this marriage were:

+ 203 M    i. Patrick SINCLAIR .1

+ 204 M    ii. James SINCLAIR Master Of Sinclair 1 was born about 1557 in Scotland and died on 9 May 1593 in Scotland223 aged about 36.

Henry next married Elizabeth FORBES,1 daughter of William FORBES 7th Lord Forbes, after 1569.16

Elizabeth's Death Details : Y


The child from this marriage was:

+ 205 F    i. Elizabeth SINCLAIR .1

165. Sir John WEMYSS Of Wemyss 15 (Katherine SINCLAIR116, Henry 3rd Lord Sinclair86, William "The Waster" 2nd Lord Sinclair58, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) was born about 1513171 and died on 16 Nov 1593172 aged about 80.

John married Margaret OTTERBURN,1 daughter of Sir Adam OTTERBURN Of Redhall, on 20 Oct 1534 in Marriage Contract.172 Margaret died before 1567.

Daughter of Sir Adam Otterburn of Redhall


The child from this marriage was:

+ 206 M    i. David WEMYSS Of Wemyss 225 died on 22 Feb 1596.172

166. James WEMYSS Of Caskieberran 1 (Katherine SINCLAIR116, Henry 3rd Lord Sinclair86, William "The Waster" 2nd Lord Sinclair58, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

James's Death Details : Y

James married Janet DURIE.1 Janet died in Jul 1578.16

The child from this marriage was:

+ 207 M    i. James WEMYSS Of Caskieberran 1 died about 1608.

167. David LINDSAY 10th Earl Of Crawford 15 (Jean ST. CLAIR118, Henry 3rd Lord Sinclair86, William "The Waster" 2nd Lord Sinclair58, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

David's Death Details : Y

David was bought up by his Uncle, David, 9th Earl of Crawford, who re-conveyed the Earldom to him.

168. Jean HEPBURN Lady Morhame 1 (Agnes ST. CLAIR119, Henry 3rd Lord Sinclair86, William "The Waster" 2nd Lord Sinclair58, William 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney38, Henry 2nd Earl Of Orkney27, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died in 1599 in Scotland.16

Jean's Death Details : Will proved 27 July 1599

In 1581 Jean made supplication on behalf of her lawful son, Francis Stuart, Earl of Bothwell.

Jean married Lord John STEWART Prior Of Coldinghame,226 son of James STEWART V, King Of Scots, on 4 Jan 1561 in Seton, West Lothian, Scotland.227 John died in 1563.228

Events

John was employed as, Prior of Coldingham. 140

The child from this marriage was:

+ 208 M    i. Francis STEWART Earl Of Bothwell .1

Jean next married John SINCLAIR Master Of Caithness,143 son of George SINCLAIR 4th Earl Caithness 113 and Lady Elizabeth GRAHAM,141 before 1564.16 John was born before 1530 in Castle Girnigo, Caithness, Scotland, died on 15 Mar 1576 in Castle Girnigo, Caithness, Scotland,144 and was buried in Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

John's Death Details : St Clairs of the Isles notes his death year as 1576

John obtained a charter on 2 Oct 1545 from Queen Mary. This signifies that he had to be of adult age by this time.
John is believed to have been captured and held prisoner by his father in the dungeon of Girnigoe, where he apparently killed his brother, and died of starvation. Other sources have it that he died at Knockinnon.

There are a number of problems with the usual account of his death. It is generally stated that, after being imprisoned for six years (St Clair's, p. 195) he attempted an escape with the assistance of one of his jailers. The plot however, was discovered by his brother William, and John's assistant was hung. Shortly after this, John is supposed to have leapt upon his brother and "...crushed out his life in an iron embrace." (St Clair's citing Henderson). This is a highly unlikely turn of events. A man who had been imprisoned in shackles for six years, as John was supposed to have been, would hardly have had the strength to do this, particularly as he was reputed to have not been well cared for. As well, it is generally stated that because of this incident, John was thereafter subjected to torture in the form of witholding food and then giving him highly salted beef, whilst denying him water, which apparently caused him to die in great agony. This may indeed have happened, however it could not have been the result of his brother William's death, as William died a good three years prior to John.

As well, the inscription on John's tombstone belies his death as a murderer and in disgrace with his father. He was buried in the Sinclair Aisle of the Churchyard of Wick and the inscription reads "Here lies entombed ane noble and worthie man, John, Master of Caithness...". This is not the inscription of a man in disgrace. There is no tombstone or memorial for William.

"There is ample evidence to show the Master of Caithness (father of the 5th Earl and son of the 4th Earl) lived his last years in Knockinnon Castle, staying out of the way of his father. He was a gentle soul and his father was not. The Master is buried in the Sinclair Aisle in the Wick Churchyard." --David Bouschor
Alt Death: 15 Mar 1576 Caithness, Scotland
Alt Death Notes: Age at death given on tombstone as 45 years.
Alt Death: 15 Mar 1576 Caithness, Scotland
Alt Death Notes: Age at death given on tombstone as 45 years.
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Events

John has conflicting birth information of 1543. 185 Scots Peerage designates his birth year as 1543 as Gilbert Grote's Protocol Book states he was 20 years of age "..or thereby" on 8 November 1563. However, this date is in direct conflict with his stated age at death. It also means he would have been two years of age when his father resigned the Earldom in his favour. I think in this case that we must consider Gilbert Grote's date to be incorrect.

John has conflicting death information of 1578 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom. 16 Burkes Peerage states he was imprisoned in 1571 and died 1578. However they do not give any sources for their information. Burkes cannot be right in this, as his tombstone clearly reads 1576.

John has conflicting death information of Sep 1575. 186 The Scots Peerage states he died in September 1575 based on the registration of his testament on that date in the Commissary Court. However, this could, and in fact, probably would, have been lodged whilst he was alive, and again, his tombstone clearly reads 15 March 1576. His will was not probated until 1599.

He had an estate probated Edinburgh Commissary Court on 27 Jul 1599. Scottish Documents Ref. CC8/8/33

(Duplicate Line. See Person 138)

Jean next married Archibald DOUGLAS Rector Of Douglas 1 after 1575.

Archibald's Death Details : Y

169. Walter DRUMMOND Master Of Drummond 15 (William DRUMMOND Master Of Drummond126, John DRUMMOND 1st Lord Drummond95, Sir Malcolm DRUMMOND Of Cargill And Stobhill62, Sir Walter DRUMMOND Of Cargill And Stobill40, Elizabeth ST. CLAIR30, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

Walter's Death Details : Y

Walter married Elizabeth GRAHAM,15 daughter of William GRAHAM 1st Earl Of Montrose 15 and Annabel DRUMMOND,129 Feb 1513 or 1514.16

Elizabeth's Marriage Details : cousins

Elizabeth's Death Details : Y

170. Elizabeth GRAHAM 15 (Annabel DRUMMOND134, John DRUMMOND 1st Lord Drummond95, Sir Malcolm DRUMMOND Of Cargill And Stobhill62, Sir Walter DRUMMOND Of Cargill And Stobill40, Elizabeth ST. CLAIR30, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

Elizabeth's Death Details : Y

Elizabeth married Walter DRUMMOND Master Of Drummond,15 son of William DRUMMOND Master Of Drummond 15 and Isabel CAMPBELL,15 Feb 1513 or 1514.16

Elizabeth's Marriage Details : cousins

Walter's Death Details : Y

(Duplicate Line. See Person 169)

171. Sir William GRAHAM 2nd Earl Of Montrose 142 (Annabel DRUMMOND134, John DRUMMOND 1st Lord Drummond95, Sir Malcolm DRUMMOND Of Cargill And Stobhill62, Sir Walter DRUMMOND Of Cargill And Stobill40, Elizabeth ST. CLAIR30, Henry Lord Of Roslin, Earl Of Orkney (Prince)21, William Of Roslin18, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1) died on 24 May 1571 in Kincardine.

William married Lady Janet KEITH 112 in Dec 1515. Janet died before Aug 1547.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 209 F    i. Lady Elizabeth GRAHAM 141 was born in 1506 in Old Montrose, Angus, Scotland and died on 4 Apr 1576 in Edinburgh, Scotland at age 70.

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