Evidence that John Sinclair died at Teba
From: Niven Sinclair <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 1999 18:30:11 +0100
Mea culpa. Sir Robert Logan was killed. It was Sir William Keith who
the bones back. The small gravestone of William Sinclair
would suggest this.
There is no doubt that both William and John Sinclair fell at the Battle
on 8th September, 1330 because the Barony of Rosslyn went straight to
the grandson, who must have been a minor at the time when his uncle,
he had been alive would have been appointed guardian).
One of Bruce's latest acts was to settle, in 1329, on Sir William
Sinclair a pension
of £40 in anticipation of the service he was to do for him i.e. take his
body to the
Holy Land for burial. This had been immediately preceded by 'ane
In the Lord Chamberlain's account for 1329 he is credited with the
Sir Henry St Clair (the father of Sir William Sinclair) of £13.6.8d, to
St. Clair £20 and to John St Clair £10.; and in 1330 the full payments
of £27.13.4d and £40 and £20; and again of £13.6.8d, £20 and £10
at St Martin's term.
In 1331 Sir Henry St Clair received £13.6.8d and £27.13.4d whilst those
of the late
Sir William St Clair, Knight, and of the late John
St Clair are received by the heir to
whom John St Clair was uncle* i.e. William St Clair the son of Sir
William St Clair.
As the names William and John were always bracketed together there can
little doubt that they both travelled with the heart
of Bruce; that they both took
part in the Battle of Theba; and that they were both
killed in that battle. If not,
why the post mortem payments to the recognised heir?
* It is obviously phrased in this way to indicate that the
younger brother, John
St Clair had not been married at the time of the Battle of Theba so his
had to go to his nephew, who was his next-of-kin. There can be no
On the other hand, his older brother, William, was married with two sons,
(yet another) William and Thomas.
The son, William de St Clair, inherited Rosslyn directly from his
became ballivus of Orkney
in 1364 and he, in turn, had a son, Alexander
lands in Aberdeenshire and in Banffshire as confirmed by King David
Earlier King David (who had a fondness for awarding lands to men who had
had granted the lands of Merton and Merchamyston to
'"our worthy and
faithful William St Clair" bearing the date 11th February, 1358 and
signed at Edinburgh.
It will be seen from the foregoing that the Sinclair connection with
the 'jarldom' being given to
Prince Henry Sinclair in 1379. Indeed,
as Thomas's grandfather
had also been ballivus of Orkney with effect from 1321, it predated
Henry's arrival by two
Squire John St. Clair (c1300-25 August 1330 Teba)
Squire John St. Clair
(c1300-25 August 1330)
died at the
battle of Teba
in Andalusia, Spain, fighting as a squire for his brother,
Sir William St. Clair,
attempting to carry the
Heart of Bruce
to the Holy Land.
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