Hereditary Chief, Clan Sinclair
The Hereditary Chief of Clan Sinclair is
The Right Honorable Malcolm Sinclair,
Earl of Caithness
He is also Chief Executive of the
Clan Sinclair Trust.
See also the
Clan Sinclair U.S.A.
page about the chief.
For more about the chief as Earl of Caithness, see
Ian Sinclair's summary of Sinclair history and future.
For Caithness itself,
see its page.
Another year draws to its close
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 14:19:35 -0000
Another year draws to its close but what a year it has been for the clan
culminating in the great news from
When I read the papers or
watch television I cannot but think just how priviledged we all are compared
to so many. On top of that we have the clan which has been a great source of
strenght to many of us this year and I am sure that next year it will bring
more of the same as well as a lot of fun for all.
I hope you all, wherever you are, have a very Happy Christmas which for me
also starts the New Millennium and a wonderful New Year. May it be peaceful,
happy and properous.
``The Right Honorable Malcolm Sinclair, Earl of
Caithness, is a remarkable man, having genealogical
ties to Prince Henry Sinclair
the ancient Earls of
the Dukes of
and back to the Vikings.
Today he serves in the
House of Lords
Clan Sinclair recognizes him as its Hereditary Clan Chief.
``In 1984 Mrs. Thatcher invited him to join her
reforming government. Starting as a Whip, Lord
Caithness progressed to be Minister in the
Departments of Transport, Home Office, Environment,
Treasury, and Foreign Affairs. The Earl of Caithness
is the only hereditary peer this century to have
worked in three great Departments of State. In
Treasury, he also served as Paymaster General. He
was created a Privy Councillor in 1990.
``He considers it a great honor to have been appointed
as a Trustee of The Queen Elizabeth
Castle of Mey
Trust, thus restoring the family link with Caithness.''
Pete Cummings, 600th Celebration News.
From: Spirit One Email|
Date: Thursday, April 15,
1999 12:08 AM
More questions about names.
It was just recently that I noticed Malcolm's last name was Caithness.
I guess that is pretty unobservant. So I know the area named
Is this the shortened version of Malcolm of Caithness? If so, is his name
From: Rory Sinclair|
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 20:25:03 -0400
Not sure if this got answered but I will answer it now anyway. I have just
returned from Scotland where I talked with our Chief and this is how it
works. Malcolms family name is Sinclair but when you have a title, you
sometimes drop the family name as it is understood by all exactly what that
is and the land title is substituted. John Sinclair who is Viscount
is always called John Thurso by people in Caithness and the Lords. Peter
St. Clair Erskine is the Earl of Rosslyn
and he is called Peter Rosslyn.
Often when people with titles sign their names, they use only the place-name
"Thurso" or "Caithness". The usage of titles and proper names is a very
highly developed art and is subject to the most minute rules of protocol.
This is just one of them. Our Chief is very excited about the
next year and he and John Thurso and Peter Rosslyn are all involved.
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