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38. William SINCLAIR 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney 28 (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 1408 in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom and died in 148229 at age 74. Another name for William was William ST. CLAIR 1st Sinclair Earl Of Caithness; 3Rd Earl Of Orkney.36

William's Death Details : Between Martinmas 1479 and Whitsunday 1480

28 Aug 1455 - Created Earl of Caithness
1454 - 1458 - High Chancellor of Scotland
1453 - Founded Collegiate Church of Rosslyn
16 Sept 1470 - resigned the Earldom of Orkney to the King and received Ravenscraig in Fife.
7 Dec 1476 - resigned the Earldom of Caithness in favour of William, eldest son of his second wife, but holding the life-rent.

William was a minor at his father's death and was formally invested as the Earl of Orkney on 12 Aug. 1434 by Eric, King of Norway.

He was a hostage for James I and allowed to return to Scotland in 1421. He was Admiral of Scotland and conveyed Princess Margaret of Scotland to France for her marriage to the Daupin in 1436.

William was a Lord of Parliament from 1449 as "Lord Sinclair".

He was Ambassador to England 1471-1473

William had a diploma of succession issued by the Bishop of Orkney and others in 1443 in response to a demand by Christian, King of Norway, for authentic evidence of his descent. (GEC, X/93-97)

Events

Hostage for King James until allowed to return to Scotland, 1421. 37

Conveyed Princess Margaret to France for her marriage, 1436. 37

Founded the Collegiate Church of Rosslyn, 1446. 38

Created Earl of Caithness, 28 Aug 1455. 37

Resigned the Earldom of Orkney in exchange for Ravenscraig, 17 Sep 1470. 37

Disponed the baronies of Roslin, Pentland, Pentland Muir, Barony of Cousland, Barony of Ravenscraig, etc to his son Oliver, 9 Sep 1476. 39

William married Marjory SUTHERLAND,40 daughter of Alexander SUTHERLAND Of Dunbeath 42 and Muriel CHISHOLM,1 before 15 Nov 1456 in Scotland.41 Marjory was born in 1436 and died in 1480 at age 44.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 44 M    i. Sir Oliver ST. CLAIR Lord Of Rosslyn 43 was born before 1455 in Scotland and died after 1523.

+ 45 M    ii. William SINCLAIR 2nd Earl Of Caithness 44 was born in 1459 in Fifeshire, Scotland and died on 9 Sep 1513 in Flodden, Branxton, Northumberland, England45 at age 54.

+ 46 F    iii. Eleanor ST. CLAIR Countess Of Atholl 46 was born about 1457 in Ravenscraig, Fifeshire, Scotland, died on 21 Mar 1518 in Scotland47 aged about 61, and was buried in Dunkeld Cathedral, Perthshire, Scotland.

+ 47 M    iv. Alexander ST. CLAIR Vicar Of Legane And Notary .48

+ 48 M    v. George ST. CLAIR .48

+ 49 M    vi. Robert ST. CLAIR 48 died after 1507 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

+ 50 M    vii. Arthur ST. CLAIR .48

+ 51 F    viii. Elizabeth ST. CLAIR .48

+ 52 F    ix. Margaret ST. CLAIR .49

+ 53 F    x. Katherine ST. CLAIR .48

+ 54 F    xi. Susan ST. CLAIR .48

+ 55 F    xii. Marjory ST. CLAIR .48

+ 56 F    xiii. Mariot ST. CLAIR .48

+ 57 M    xiv. John ST. CLAIR Bishop Of Caithness .50

William next married Elizabeth DOUGLAS.,51 daughter of Archibald Tyneman DOUGLAS 4th Earl Of Douglas 52 and Lady Margaret STEWART,.52 Elizabeth died about 1451 in Scotland.53 Another name for Elizabeth was Margaret DOUGLAS.

Elizabeth's Marriage Details : There should be a dispensation for this marriage as they were first cousins once removed. According to Hay's Genealogie, this couple actually married twice. Their first marriage was annulled on the grounds on consanguinity and affinity, however they then sought a dispensation and married again. (p. 26) 54

Children from this marriage were:

+ 58 M    i. William "The Waster" ST. CLAIR 2nd Lord Sinclair 1 was born before 1450 in Scotland, died in 1487 in Scotland,16 and was buried in Dunfermline, Scotland.55

+ 59 F    ii. Catherine ST. CLAIR 56 was born before 1451 in Scotland.

+ 60 F    iii. Marjory Or Elizabeth ST. CLAIR 57 died about 1508.58

William next married Janet YEMEN 59 ____________.60 Janet died after 1483 in Scotland.61

Janet's Death Details : Janet outlived her husband and was known to be living on 5 July 1483.

There does not appear to have been any issue from this marriage, however, I would not, at this point, rule out the possibility.
Alt Death: After 1480 Scotland
Alt Death Notes: Burkes Peerage states clearly that Janet outlived her husband.

William had a relationship with UNKNOWN.1

's Death Details : Y


Their child was:

+ 61 M    i. Sir David SINCLAIR 1 died in 1506.

39. Beatrix SINCLAIR 5 (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 8 Feb 1463.30

Beatrix married Sir James DOUGLAS Earl Of Avandale; After 7Th Earl Of Douglas,5 son of Archibald "The Grim" DOUGLAS 3rd Earl Of Douglas 62 and Joan MORAY,63 before 7 Mar 1425. James died on 24 Mar 144364 and was buried in St Brides Chuchyard, Lanark, Scotland.65

Beatrix's Marriage Details : There must have been a papal dispensation for this marriage as they were in the 2nd and 3rd degrees of consanguinity. He was either her great uncle, her nephew or her first cousin.

40. Sir Walter DRUMMOND Of Cargill And Stobill 15 (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 Margaret RUTHVEN.,15 daughter of Sir William RUTHVEN Of Ruthven.

Margaret's Death Details : Y


The child from this marriage was:

+ 62 M    i. Sir Malcolm DRUMMOND Of Cargill And Stobhill 27 died in 1470.16

41. Elizabeth DOUGLAS 33 (George DOUGLAS Earl Of Douglas; Lord Abernethy; 1St Earl Of Angus37, Margaret STEWART Countess Of Angus & Mar24, Margaret ST. CLAIR19, 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 1397.

Elizabeth's Death Details : Y

Elizabeth married Sir Alexander FORBES 1st Lord Forbes 33 before 1423.66

Alexander's Death Details : Y

Elizabeth next married Sir David HAY Of Yester, 1St Lord Yester.33

David's Death Details : Y

42. William DOUGLAS 2nd Earl Of Angus 34 (George DOUGLAS Earl Of Douglas; Lord Abernethy; 1St Earl Of Angus37, Margaret STEWART Countess Of Angus & Mar24, Margaret ST. CLAIR19, 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 1400 and died in 143735 aged about 37.

William's Death Details : About September or October.

William 'came of age' shortly after 1418.

William married Margaret HAY,67 daughter of Sir William HAY Of Yester, in 1425 in Papal Dispensation Granted.35 Margaret died after 1484.35

Margaret's Marriage Details : Betrothed on 12 December 1410 and paal dispensation granted 1425.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 63 M    i. James DOUGLAS 3rd Earl Of Angus 67 died in 1446.69

+ 64 M    ii. George DOUGLAS 4th Earl Of Angus 15 died on 12 Mar 1463.70

+ 65 M    iii. William DOUGLAS Of Cluny 67 died in 1475 in Cluny, Fife, Scotland.35

43. Mary DOUGLAS 1 (George DOUGLAS Earl Of Douglas; Lord Abernethy; 1St Earl Of Angus37, Margaret STEWART Countess Of Angus & Mar24, Margaret ST. CLAIR19, William Of Roslin (Sir)16, Henry Of Roslin (Sir)12, William (Sir)11, Henri10, Henri9, William8, Henri7, Henri3, William 'The Seemly'2, Walderne1).

Mary's Death Details : Y

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