Roselma Lake Sinclair and her husband Eddie were the founders
of the Clan Sinclair Association of Canada. For her husband's
73rd birthday, Roselma put together an album of memories.
What follows is in Roselma's words.
To Edward Gladstone Sinclair on the occasion of his
73rd birthday from his wife Roselma.
This book of photographs and memorabilia is an attempt
to record the story of one branch of the Sinclair Clan whose
fore-father, Alexander Sinclair came to America in the late
1840's, from Kincardine-on-Forth.
It also represents the efforts of Edward G. Sinclair,
Alexander's great-grand-son to preserve for his family and
relatives some knowledge of their own history and that of
their Scottish ancestors.
If over two decades the primary focus has somewhat changed
to take on a more National concept and this year with the
introduction of Clan Sinclair (USA) an International distinction,
this more than confirms the success of the venture.
The First Reunion - 1960. It was held in
Cleveland at the home of Marion Abell Ecclestone. Family Trees were
presented to all the immediate branches of the family.
Aleck Sinclair's progeny - Edward and his family.
Aleck the eldest son of the eldest son of the 1st.
Alexander Sinclair: Edward Leonard Sinclair.
Aleck Sinclair, His son Edward G. and grandsons
Sandy, Ian and Rory.
[ L-R: Sandy, Aleck, Eddie, Ian, Rory ]
Scotland 1963, and onwards
A trip to Scotland in 1963 was committed
to petitioning the Lord Lyon of Scotland Thomas Innes of Learney
to approve arms for Edward's father Aleck. A fifth generation Sinclair
in Canada. Arms were duly granted on December 12th, 1963.
A memorable visit to Delgatie Castle and a friendship formed
with its owner Hay of Hayfield and Lady Hay, 1963.
A return to Cleveland 1963. Stroths had moved to Euclid Beach.
Renfrew, Girnigoe and Rosslyn
A second trip to Scotland - a courtesy journey to lay
a corner-stone on behalf of the county of Renfrew,
Ontario Canada in the new county building in the county of
Just beginning to discover our ancient Scottish history -
in Thurso and Halkirk met the Hon. Robin Sinclair, now Viscount
Thurso. Also stayed in Robin Sinclair's hotel in Halkirk and
visited one of the royal hunting lodges now owned by the Carmichaels.
A pilgrimage to ancient castle of the Caithness Sinclairs -
Girnigo Castle (1970).
Rosslyn Chapel 1970 - the famous Apprentice Pillar.
Clan Sinclair Association 1972-76
In 1972 the City of Toronto feted many of the clan associations
which gave impetus to idea of a Clan Sinclair Association.
- The inauguration of the Scottish World Festival at the
Canadian national Exhibition and the prompting of John MacDonald
to set up a Sinclair Clan Ass. gave rise to the first clan meeting
of the immediate family.... First meeting held at 16 LeCaron
Deep River 1973.
[ Click here
for the 1973 meeting minutes. ]
- The second meeting of the Clan Sinclair Association
was a gala affair held in the new home, 26 Alma Street Norwood.
The meeting was followed by pipes and drums and an expensive dinner
at Rolands (everyone had to dig in their pockets to pay for it).
[ Click here
for the 1974 meeting minutes. ]
Clan Sinclair Association 1978-80
- The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Sinclair, Earl of Caithness, Chief
of Clan Sinclair and his wife, the Countess of Caithness were guests
of the Scottish World Festival in 1978. A ceilidh was held in
the Hotel Toronto for the members of the Association hosted by the
President, Dr. Edward Sinclair.
- A ceilidh was held in Little Harbour in August.
It received local, national and international coverage.
- President Eddie of Clan Sinclair Ass. of Canada
heading the parade to the National Exhibition Grounds
in the posh Godfather's Car - 1980 August.
- Niagara Falls. Visited Janet McCarthy. She took us
to the Cemetery where we found Great-Grandfather's grave
stone but only Henrietta his wife was buried there and
children, Grandfather's name was on the stone but not
Norwood. In August Leah & George Kennedy came
to visit. Sandy drove over from Newmarket and we had
an Executive meeting.
Passing the Torch
brought in a new Pres., "Mac" Sinclair of Kingston.
Mac & His daughter Nancy, the new Sec. Treas.
Col John, the Piper with Eileen & Son, Douglas.
[ Click here
for the 1982 meeting minutes. ]
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