OrkneyGenerations after they were barons of Roslin, the Sinclairs also became for a time Earls of Orkney, the most famous of whom was Prince Henry Sinclair.
1 January, Kirkwall, Orkney, The Ba' GameAre you Uppie or Doonie? If so, you can play the the Ba' Game. Even if neither, you can watch each New Year's Day in Kirkwall.
From: email@example.com (David Kruh)
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 15:08:15 -0500 (CDT)
Descendants of the Scollay family from the Orkney Islands might be interested in what one of their ancestors has wrought here in Boston.
Here are some links related to the Westray family and island.
Do you know about the website concerning the descendants of the Hudsons Bay employees and their Cree wives. It is very nicely done http://www3.yt.sympatico.ca/serena/index.htm
Native Families of the Orkney and Shetland IslandsFrom: Niven Sinclair
Date: Thursday, May 13, 1999 8:54 AM
I am indebted to Nicholas Cran-Sinclair (a Sinclair of West Indian origin*) for compiling the following information. Nicholas writes:
Drawing on the available historical research sources such as Craven, Peterkin's Rentals. J Clouston's Records of the Earldom of Orkney and Roland William St Clair's The Clair of the Isles, these native families of the Orkney and Shetland Islands (and, to a lesser extent, Caithness) are the descendants of the Initial Norse Viking colonists who consolidated and extended the Northern Territories of the Orcadian 'jarldom' under the leadership of the family of Jarl Rognvald 'the Wise' of Moeri and Rhomasdahl in Norway and, more particularly, by his natural son, Jarl 'Turf' Einar - so-called because he taught people how to burn peat.
The majority of these families have taken their names from their main place of residence or land-ownership within the Northern Territories of either the Orkney or Shetland Islands and I have, therefore, separated them into groups.
The first Group is of the senior native families whose ancestors were the significant land-holding nobility of either Orcadian or Shetlander ruling assemblies or councils (known as 'lawthing') and were regularly mentioned in the old records as 'gudmen' (hereditary gentelemen odallers) 'lawrightmen' or 'lawrikmen' (regular parish district assizemen) 'lendirneb' (landed men) and 'roitmen' (hereditary odaller/council men).
The second Group is made up of the lesser native families of putative Norse Viking origin whose profile became slightly more prominent after the 1470/71 cession of the islands to the Scottish Crown and the subsequent tyrranical period under the Stewart Earls of Orkney which was in dark and direct contrast to the benevolent rule of the Sinclair 'Jarls' .
This larger Group was made up of the following families: Adie, Aikers, Aim, Aith, Annal, BAIKIE, Banks, Bigland, Breck, Brock, Brough, Burgar, Corsie, Corston, Coubister, Cumlaquoy, Cursetter/Cursitter, Deerness, Delday, Dinnison, Drever, Eunson (Johnsson) FEA, Firth, Flaw(s), Folster, Foubister, Gormistane, GARRIOCK, Garsand/Garson, Gilbertson, GROAT/Grote, Groundwater, Harcus, Harrald/Harrold, Harroldson, Harray, Hestwall, Hoseason, Hourston, Housgarth, Hunto (now Hunter), Hurie/Hurrey, Inksgair, Inkster/Ingsgar, Instabille, Keldie, Kirkbrek, KNARSTON, Langskaill, Larquoy, Laughton, LEASK, Linay, Male, Marsetter, Marwick, Matches, Meason of Whytquoy, Meil, Midhouse, Moar, Norn, Norquoy, Nestegard, Newsgar, Oddie, Omand/Omond (Amundsen), Orkney, Peace REDLAND, Ritch, Rousay (now Rosie, Rosey, Rossey) Rusland, Sabiston, Stanger, Stockan, Stove, TAIT, Towrie/Tyrie, Turfeus/Torfus, (Thorfinnson/Torphisson), Twatt, Vedder, Velzian, Voy, Walls, Wick, Windwick, Yorson and Yule.
The list of names seems to be limitless because there are even more less frequent Orcadian and Shetlander place-names which have now become patronymics by local families and which have generally been documented by Craven and others.
All of the above families would be entitled to wear the Sinclair hunting (green) tartan because the Sinclairs (like the Donalds of the Western Isles) were the last hereditary recipients of the semi-regal title of ``Prince.'' Therefore, all of the above families could and should come under the jurisdiction of the Clan Sinclair and be officially recognised as 'septs and dependents' of the Clan Sinclair.
I trust the foregoing (which has taken me ages to compile and type) will clarify the position for the above families.
* There are many Sinclairs of West Indian origin (particularly in Barbados). Bob Marley's mother was a Sinclair.
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