Clan Sinclair Association Canada

Clan Sinclair Association Canada is part of the worldwide Sinclair clan, originating in Scotland, whose hereditary Chief is the Earl of Caithness. Click here for links to other Sinclair websites.

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[Page last updated 13 July 2011]

Click to read the Chief's Welcome letter

The Hereditary Chief of Clan Sinclair is The Right Honorable Malcolm Ian Sinclair, The Earl of Caithness.

Our Chief is an elected member of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament, the chief executive of the Clan Sinclair Trust, which owns Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and also the patron of the Clan Sinclair Association of Canada.


The Clan Sinclair Association of Canada began with the informal gatherings of one Ontario-based Sinclair family; CSAC is now a national non-profit group and part of the worldwide Clan Sinclair. Visit our History page to learn more.

The quarterly newsletter of Clan Sinclair Association Canada is called Roslin O Roslin after the historic war cry of the clan. More information at the Newsletter page.

One strong interest of clan members is genealogy. Forms to get you started are available from our Family History page.

Clan Sinclair has active groups based in Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia. To see contact information for clan volunteers, visit our Contacts page.


Annual membership dues are $15.00 for singles and $20.00 for families (in Canadian dollars). To join, and subscribe to Roslin O Roslin, mail a cheque or money order together with your contact information and a note about your Sinclair connection to the CSAC Secretary.


The spelling variations of our clan name include Sinclair, St Clair, Sinkler and many others. In his article on "Scottish and Irish Chiefs" for Burke's Peerage, genealogist Hugh Peskett explained how families unrelated to the chief came to use his surname:

"Chiefs gave their clansmen leadership, justice, housing, land to grow food, grazing for their cattle and, importantly in a more violent age, protection. In return the chief would expect able bodied clansmen to fight with him and for him. While many clansmen were of the chiefly kindred, others placed themselves under the chief's leadership and protection and assumed his name."

- Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th Edition, 2003

Other family names associated with Clan Sinclair are Caird, Clouston, Clyne, Flett, Gallie, Linklater, Lyall, Mason and Moar; these are usually called septs of our clan.

The Court of the Lord Lyon, which is the heraldic authority for Scotland, has a webpage on "Who is a member of a clan" which explains about clan membership, surnames and septs:

"Every person who has the same surname as the chief is deemed to be a member of the clan. Equally a person who offers allegiance to the chief is recognised as a member of the clan unless the chief decides that he will not accept that person's allegiance.

There is no official list of recognised septs. This is a matter for each chief to determine...."

– as posted at The Court of The Lord Lyon official website, retrieved 06 Jan 2008


Sinclair engrailed cross

Since 1057, a black engrailed cross on a white ground has been associated with the Sinclairs. "Engrailed" refers to the indentations along the cross's edge, as pictured on the shield at right.

CSAC logo

The CSAC logo, available as a lapel badge through the clan shop, is an engrailed cross with, in the centre, a red maple leaf as on the Canadian flag.


Sinclair clansman's badge

The clansman's badge, available from retailers specializing in Scottish goods, consists of the crest of the chief's Arms:

A Cock sejant surrounded by the traditional belt and buckle with the Motto, "Commit Thy Work to God"


Some landmarks of interest to members of Clan Sinclair, with links to locator maps:

For further information, click here.


Sinclair plant badge

The Sinclair plant badge is furze (whin) or white clover,
worn on the cap or lapel.


The Sinclair clan chief, the Earl of Caithness, is an elected representative peer in the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, as is the Earl of Rosslyn. Other Sinclairs in the Lords are the life peers Baroness Linklater of Butterstone and Baroness Masham of Ilton.

Another Scottish peer is Lord Sinclair, who inherited his title in 2004. The past five generations of his predecessors were representative Scottish peers in the House of Lords prior to its reform. His father had been an Extra Equerry to the Queen Mother for more than 50 years.

The Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross is John Archibald Sinclair, 3rd Viscount Thurso. John Thurso is the first peer to sit in the House of Commons after being in the Lords.

Clan chiefs may be peers, but a chieftainship is not a peerage. Many peers have more than one title. Peerages – and chieftainships – have varied rules of inheritance, and some may be inherited by women. A life peerage is an individual distinction.

Baronets and knights are not peers. A baronetcy is inherited; as for a knighthood, its holder is addressed as "Sir". A knighthood is an individual distinction.

For more on Sinclair Peers, Baronets and Knights, click here.


Ancient Red Sinclair tartan

The best-known Sinclair tartans are the Dress Red and Hunting Green. Both have modern, ancient, and ancient weathered versions.

The Sinclair tartan at right is Ancient Red. The Sinclair tartan background on this website is Hunting Green.


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