To promote recognition of Henry Sinclair, 14th Century explorer of North America, and to celebrate the 600th anniversary in 1998
May 1998 Issue
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The Right Honorable Malcolm Sinclair, Earl of Caithness, is a remarkable man, having genealogical ties to Prince Henry Sinclair (Jarl of Orkney), the ancient Earls of Rosslyn, the Dukes of Normandy, and back to the Vikings. Today he serves in the House of Lords in London. 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.
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The Discovery of the Grail, 1998, by Andrew Sinclair, Random House UK Ltd. Hard Covered 307 pp. ISBN 0712677291
How Scotland Changed the World, 1998, by Robert S. Wright. Eastbay Publishers. sc 96 pp. ISBN 0966367804
The Templar Revelation, 1997, by Lynn Picket & Clive Prince. Transworld Publishers. hc 432 pp. Transworld Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0593038705
The Second Messiah, 1997, by Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas. Random House Ltd. hc 259 pp. ISBN 0712677194
Bloodline of the Holy Grail, 1996, by Laurence Gardner, Element Books Ltd. sc 527 pp. ISBN 1852308702
The Hiram Key, 1996, by Chris Knight & Robert Lomax, Century. hc 384 pp. ISBN 0 7126 85790
Here are some older favorites:
Oak Island Secrets, 1995, by Mark Finnan, Formac Publishing Co. sc 1787 pp. ISBN 0887803121
Oak Island Gold, 1993, by William S. Crocker. Nimbus Publishinhg Ltd. sc 221 pp. ISBN 155109049X
An Illustrated Guide Book, Rosslyn Chapel, 1993, by Tim Wallace-Murphy & Michael Green, Printed by Data Psaper Ltd. sc 37 pp. ISBN 0952149303
The Columbus Conspiracy, 1991, by Michael Bradley, Hounslow Press, sc 252 pp. ISBN 088882131X
Dungeon, Fire, & Sword, 1991, by John Robinson, M. Evans & Co. hc 494 pp. ISBN0871316579
Prince Henry Sinclair, 1995/1974, by Frederick J. Pohl, Nimbus Publishing Ltd, sc, 230 pp, ISBN 1- 55109-122-4
Sword of the North, 1983, by Richard W. White, Published by Green Hill Publishers. hc 400 pp, ISBN 0-89803-122-2
At the age of 13, Henry inherited the title of Baron of Rosslyn, when his father was slain while fighting with the Teutonic Knights in Lithuania. He was a Templar, having first hand acquaintance with older Templars who had escaped the Suppression thirty-seven years earlier. In addition, he was the Grand Master of Scottish Masons, a hereitary position granted to the Sinclairs by King Robert the Bruce in 1308.
By the age of 21, Henry was Knighted by the King of Scotland and he was granted the title of Lord Chief Justice of Scotland. As Ambassador to Denmark, he attended the marriage of Margaret to King Magnus of Denmark in Copenhagen. Soon thereafter, he married their daughter. Unfortunately, she died and Henry remarried to Janet Halyburton in Scotland.
While visiting other capitals in Europe, Henry Sinclair met Carlo Zeno of Venice. Then, Carlo was promoting support for another Crusade, this one called King Peter's Crusade. In Venice Henry Sinclair observed the Arsenale as it produced ships at the amazing rate of one per day! Henry Sinclair joined the Crusade, just as his ancestors had enlisted in previous Crusades. In 1365 their 400 ships attacked Alexandria and flattened the enemy. As a result, the Islamic nations banned trading for the Venetians, forcing them to search for more trading routes.
When the Earl of Orkney died, and there were no closer blood descendants, Henry became the premier Jarl of Norway and Prince of Orkney. He was also the Duke of Oldenburg in Denmark, as well as the Baron of Rosslyn. Henry Sinclair traveled to England to purchase several ships for his navy. In a short period of time, Henry had developed a fleet of ships larger than the navy of Denmark! He was successful in exerting control over his far-flung kingdom of Orkney with its 200 islands, which consisted of 5000 square miles.
When he was 53 years of age, an elder to many, Henry organized a voyage of twelve or thirteen ships. It was manned by a crew of 200-300 persons, and sailed on an epic voyage from Orkney to the Faeroe Islands & Iceland, on to Greenland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and New England. During his visit to North America, he established peaceful rapport with the indigenous people, the Micmac Indians, whom he respectfully called "his beloved children."
For his effective manner of human relations among diverse cultures, combined with the courage and determination to achieve enormous objectives, Henry Sinclair has earned a place among our World's greatest heros. While role models are difficult to find in the modern World, we can look to the Medieval Ages, where 600 years ago Prince Henry lived a life worthy of being held as an example for our youth and ourselves today.