Recalling Scots mourning for the thousands fallen at Flodden Field
on 9 Sep 1513, Flowers of the Forest is the name of a pipe tune and a
later poem, and now is traditionally used for a roll of clan members who
have gone on before.
The following appeared in Roslin O Roslin, edited by Rory Sinclair
W.R. "Bob" Sinclair
It is with great regret that we have to report that we have lost
Bob Sinclair, one of the "originals" of the Clan Sinclair
Association and one of the "originals" in terms of the human
Back in the late 1980's, it was Bob who was the first Canadian Clan
Sinclair contact for his cousin, Niven Sinclair. Niven, through Bob, was
introduced to Mac Sinclair, then Secretary of the CSAC and it was Mac who
first told Niven about the Prince Henry story. We all know what happened
after that and so we all owe Bob a great debt in getting Niven involved
in the Sinclair Story.
Although not well for a couple of years, this did not stop Bob from
attending all Clan Sinclair functions as was his habit. Even more important,
Bob always had something to add to the proceedings and his fully ripe
character enlivened many a meeting.
The Clan Sinclair Association was represented at the Memorial Service
in Oshawa by your editor, who played his pipes and read a letter from Niven,
and by William Sinclair of Scarborough. Bob's brother Andrew spoke
movingly of his relationship to Bob to 300 of his colleagues, family and
friends. Bob's wife Helen and son Bruce have conveyed their thanks to the
Clan for their participation in the memorial service and for the Clan's
donation to the St. George's Memorial Fund.
Elizabeth Sinclair Stephens
We were informed by our Honourary President, Mac Sinclair that
long-time member Elizabeth Sinclair Stephens of Kingston Ontario passed
away on September 6th, 1997.
Elizabeth's brother is Canon David Sinclair of Hamilton who, along
with his wife Mary are staunch supporters of the Association. Elizabeth's
other brother is Dr. Duncan Sinclair, not a member of the Association,
but Chair of Ontario's Health Services Restructuring Commission that is
so much in the media these days.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband Harry and her sons, Matthew, Hal
and Ian and our sincere condolences go to them in their loss.
G. William Sinclair
It is with great regret that we announce the death of the oldest member
of our association G. William Sinclair originally of Goshen Nova Scotia but
latterly of Etobicoke. Bill was a stalwart member of the Association of
which he was a member from its earliest days. He is survived by his wife
Vera who made his last days at home possible. He will be missed.
We are all saddened to hear that Mr Jim Whittall of Westford and one
of the early proponents of the theory that Prince Henry got to Nova Scotia
and to the area around Westford, passed away in November. Andrew Sinclair,
author of The Sword and the Grail wrote to Connie, his
"May I weep with you for your husband's going away. But then, Jim
will never be gone. The work and the love which he left behind him are the
man, who will live forever. His piercing insight into his research on Early
Sites was worthy of the highest awards in the United States. Yet pioneers
of the intellect are so rarely rewarded, except by posterity, which will
surely recognize what Jim did in advance of his time.
"Both Niven Sinclair and I are deeply grateful for the gift of his
papers, so that we may continue some of his work into what concerned us so
much - the Newport Tower and medieval archaeology. Jim had the finest
qualities in any great man - generosity of spirit as well as illumination
in the secrets of history.
"In sympathy for your loss,
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