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This set of web pages is a place to put information about religious events and dogma that affected Sinclair history and genealogy. Opinions from many different people are represented here, and I do not confirm, deny, attest, or refute any of them, except where I explicitly say so. —jsq

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Keiss Baptist Church

From: Jean Haddow <> Date: Saturday, May 15, 1999 7:50 AM

No - the church was not named "first" as you do - we don't have that tradition in Scotland. I can assure that it was the first Baptist church to be founded in Scotland. It was built by a local landowner, Sir William Sinclair. He did have enough money to build the church although in later years he got into financial difficulties and lost much of his land. The church is still there and still in use, my grandparents worshipped there. The church is Keiss baptist church, Keiss being the name of the village where it is located. I can assure you I have got its origins right because of my close family connections with it and because a friend of mine who is a Baptist minister and a well respected church historian (PhD from St Andrew's University) did the research.
From: David & Gloria Bouschor <> Date: Friday, May 21, 1999 8:58 AM

Dear Jean and Laurel,

The Sinclairs of Kiess were Baptists. The old Kiess was used for Baptist Services by one of the owners. These were supposedly the first baptist Services in Caithness.

Yours Aye, David

Rev. Dugald Sinclair

From: "Toni Sinclair" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 08:52:42 -0500

I found a very interesting website on the history of the Baptist Church which some of you will enjoy. The Rev. Dugald Sinclair (I think he came from Oban, or Tiree) was one of the earliest ministers, who struggled for many years before leaving Argyllshire for the wilds of Ontario in 1831. He settled in Middlesex County, where he continued to preach for the rest of his life.

I've been corresponding with a Professor Donald Meek of the University of Edinburgh, who has written about this Dugald S. and says he was a fascinating character.

Someone on this list has asked about Sinclairs who settled in Middlesex Co. Was it you, Kozy? I hope you enjoy reading it.

Toni Sinclair, Niagara

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