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Clan Sinclair Association Canada
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These are some of the team of Sinclair clansfolk who organize clan events, represent CSAC at Highland Games and on many other occasions, and donate much of their time to Clan Sinclair Association Canada:

For information on how to contact key CSAC volunteers, click here. To visit other areas of this site, click in the menu at the top of the page.
 

[Page last updated 18 Apr 2010]
 


Jack Sinclair at the PEI Gathering

Honorary President, 2007—present
President of CSAC, 1987—1991

  • One of the Sinclairs from Goshen in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, and an active member of the Clan together with his brothers Harold and Bill, he is now resident in Halifax.
  • Prime mover and founder member of both Clan Sinclair Canada and the Clan Sinclair Society of Nova Scotia.
  • Prime mover and main organizer of the 1998 Celebration of the 600th Anniversary of the arrival on our shores of Prince Henry Sinclair in 1398.
  • Appointed Honorary President of the Association at the 2007 Gathering in Prince Edward Island.

For photos of the early days of Clan Sinclair Canada, click here.


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Click for Bill's contact information

Past President, 2003—present
President of CSAC, 1995—2003

  • Born at Goshen, Guysborough Co., Nova Scotia where six generations of Sinclairs have made their homes after receiving land grants dating from 1816.
  • Married to Jean P. Myers (also from Guysborough County) and they have retired to Halifax in their native Nova Scotia. Bill and Jean have three sons: Scott, Ian and Robert.
  • Graduate of St. Peter's High School, Cape Breton and of Dalhousie University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in History and Psychology.
  • Director, Canadian Immigration Historical Society.
  • Joined Canada's foreign Service following graduate study at Carleton University, Ottawa.
  • During 34 years with Canada's foreign service, served as:
  • Counsellor Immigration, London, England;
  • Counsellor Immigration and Deputy High Commissioner, Hong Kong, with accreditation to China and Macau;
  • Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana; and
  • Ambassador to Suriname, South America.

Visit our Photo Gallery for photos of the Prince Henry Sinclair Memorial designed by Scott Sinclair, the 2000 Gathering in Scotland, and more.

Click here for Bill's contact information.

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Click for Rory's contact information

Past President of CSAC, 2011—present
President of CSAC, 2003—2011
Secretary-Treasurer, 1995—2003
Editor, Roslin O Roslin, 1995—2002

  • Born 1946 in Toronto, third son of Edward and Roselma Sinclair, founders of the Clan Sinclair Association of Canada.
  • Honours BS degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto, 1968.
  • Lived in Malaysia as an owner-operator of a fabric and clothing exporting business, 1971-79.
  • Part of a collective that operated a renovation business, 1979-88, and was involved in the freeing from jail for a wrongful conviction of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the subject of the 2000 movie Hurricane starring Denzel Washington.
  • A director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC).
  • 1988-present, owner-operator of Sinclair-Cunningham and Associates, a firm primarily involved in renovations, additions and restoration in older homes in downtown Toronto.
  • 1992-present, Harbord Village Residents Association board member, President since 1999; 1993-present, founding member HVRA Fall Fair Committee, Chair since 2000. [Harbord Village is a downtown Toronto neighborhood.]
  • Re-joined the Association in 1991 and became Secretary Treasurer in 1995.
  • Has a great interest in Sinclair history and Scottish History. Collects books on early travels to and in Scotland.
  • Plays the Great Highland Bagpipes competitively in Grade II,  plays smallpipes in several folk groups in Toronto.

For more about Rory's music, go to http://www.clansinclaircanada.ca/rory.

Click here for Rory's contact information and here for his photo album .

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Click for Toni's contact information

Editor, Roslin O Roslin, 2002—present
Vice-President, Southern Ontario, 1998—present

"The position of Roslin O Roslin editor is a great learning experience for me, and I enjoy corresponding with many of our members.

"I've retired from my free–lance floral design business, and have taken up genealogy with a vengeance. I've traced our branch of the family to a wee island in the Hebrides called Islay, and have discovered that many other Canadian Sinclairs emigrated from there as well. I'm currently compiling A History of the Sinclairs of Islay, which takes up much of my time. Woody, my golden retriever, is my constant side–kick — and I have his genealogy back 7 generations! I also love to garden, and will be taking up golf."

Click here to see more information about Roslin O Roslin, the newsletter
of the Clan Sinclair Association Canada.

Click here for Toni's contact information.

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Click for Glen's contact information

Vice-President, Central Ontario, 1995—present

  • Born in Glasgow but grew up near Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Came to Canada because of the opportunities to work here as a geologist.
  • Studied geology at the University of Edinburgh (B.Sc.) and the University of St. Andrews (Ph.D.).
  • Worked in geological projects in every province of Canada except PEI, also in Jamaica, Greenland and the USA. Published over 20 papers on geological topics in international scientific journals.
  • While involved in oil exploration in northern BC, met future wife Virginia, a Clan McLeod member from Kamloops. Two daughters, Nicola and Pamela, both Highland Dancers.
  • The longest-standing member of the Association - first joined CSAC in the early 1980s, when Eddie and Roselma Sinclair were still active.
  • 1989-present, CSAC delegate to the Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada.
  • 1989-present, independent geological and mineralogical consultant.
  • 1990-1993, Chairman of Ontario's Geological Research Review Committee.
  • 1994-present, volunteer museum guide, Royal Ontario Museum.

"I play a bit of Scottish Dance music on the accordion and have been known to perform at one of the McLeod ceilidhs or some other local function.

"Virginia and I attend the Winter meeting, without fail, every year. We also try to get to a few of the Highland Games in Ontario every summer - especially Fergus, where I enjoy marching with the Sinclairs in the Parade of the Clans."

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President of CSAC, 2011—present
Secretary of CSAC, 2007—2011
President, Clan Sinclair Association (Western Canada),
2004—2008

  • Born and raised in Vancouver BC, a descendant of the Sinclairs of Goshen in Guysborough county, Nova Scotia.
  • Married to Arlene, and together they enjoy gardening and travelling. Two sons, Chris and Tim.
  • Graduate of UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree, major in Food Science.
  • Worked 33 years for a multi-national grocery chain ending up as Director of Plant Operations overseeing 18 food processing plants. During this time, lived in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Edmonton and finally back in the Vancouver area.
  • Served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Dairy Council of Canada. Lifetime member of the Alberta Dairy Association, and member of the BC Dairy Council.
  • Formed his own business in 1996 and operates a franchise for a financial services company from his home office.
  • Member of the Clan Sinclair Association of Canada since the early 1980s.
  • Interested in genealogy and Scottish history.

Our CSAC Secretary, Jim Sinclair of Surrey BC is the person to contact if you wish to join the Association, renew your membership, or purchase from the clan shop. For membership information, click here.

Click here for Jim's contact information.

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Click for Ian's contact information

Secretary of CSAC, 2003—2007

  • Ian A. (Alexander) Sinclair, married 40 years to Wendy with one daughter, Andrea.
  • Residing in Richmond Hill, Ontario since 1971.
  • Member of Clan Sinclair Association Canada since 1995.
  • "We enjoyed the 2000 Gathering of the Clan."
  • Retired after 33 years of teaching in Toronto public elementary and secondary schools.
  • Life-long student of the outdoors and the wonders of Nature.
  • Academic: B.A., University of Toronto; B.P.E. (Physical Ed.) McMaster University; M.Ed., University of Toronto.
  • Secretary, Lodge of Fellowship No. 702 G.R.C. A.F. & A.M., PM, PDDGM, Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.

At CSAC's 2007 Gathering in Prince Edward Island, Ian A. Sinclair was appointed an Honorary Life Member of the Association for meritorious service to the Clan, namely his many articles and book reviews for our newsletter Roslin O Roslin, his four years as Secretary — "a job which he performed with spirit and great reliability" — and many other services rendered to our Association.

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Honorary President, 1987—2006
President of CSAC, 1982—1987
Editor, Litir à Clann, 1982—1995

  • Born 9 Sep 1921 at Tillsonburg ON, son of Isabella Selkirk and Robert J. Sinclair, a descendant of the Sinclairs of Scotch Corners. Two brothers, Archibald J. Sinclair and Donald L. Sinclair. One sister, M.A. Jean Tololla of Komoka ON.
  • Graduated in 1942 from the Royal Military College of Canada, in Kingston ON. RMC awarded him an honorary BSc (Mil.) in 1994.
  • Married M. Eileen Anglin, 20 February 1943. Four children: Robert Malcolm Sinclair (Jr.), St John's NL; the late Nancy Eileen (Staveley) Neill of Kingston ON; Douglas Gordon Sinclair, Ottawa ON; Carol Ann (MacKay) Watters, Constance Bay ON.
  • Military service during World War II at various postings in Canada, including Petawawa Ontario and Nanaimo BC, as well as in England, Belgium and Holland. Post-war: Princess of Wales Own Regiment (PWOR) Reserve, Kingston. Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).
  • Graduated in 1948 from Queen's University of Kingston: Bachelor of Commerce.
  • Worked in life insurance sales and management, London Life and Confederation Life; and at S. Anglin Co. Ltd., independent fuel oil and energy product distributor in Kingston.
  • Board of Education for the City of Kingston. Retired in 1985 as Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer, Frontenac County Board of Education.
  • Part-time Community member, Ontario Board of Parole.
  • Community interests over the years include: Sydenham St. United Church, Elder, Kirk of Session, Chm. Executive Committee; Board of Education for the City of Kingston, Trustee; Hospice Kingston, President; RMC Club, President; Kingston General Hospital, Chm. Angada Children's Hospital Committee; Masonic - Minden Lodge, Ancient Scottish Rite; St John's Ambulance Association, Life Member; Frontenac County Schools Museum, President; Clan Sinclair Association of Canada, President and Life Hon. President; Queen's Alumni; Queen's Theological College Board of Management; PWOR Association.

"During retirement, in 1992, I suffered a cerebral haemorrhage (stroke) which curtailed my activities to a great extent. However, I found a satisfying 'new career' by volunteering for two mornings a week at Welborne Ave. Public School, assisting Grade 3 teacher Beth Rines there. This I did for twelve years until 2005."

[The personal history above was updated by Mac Sinclair in July 2005.]

 
At the 2005 Clan Sinclair Gathering in Scotland, the Clan Chief awarded Mac Sinclair with the Clan Sinclair Medal for Service to Clan Sinclair Canada. To read the citation, click here.
 

 

The Honorary President of Clan Sinclair Association (Canada), R. Malcolm "Mac" Sinclair passed away in Kingston Ontario on 29 March 2006.
 

All of us will miss his excellent company and can be grateful for how he touched our lives.
 
    —  The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Caithness, Chief of Clan Sinclair

 

 

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