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Sinclair, Alexander, 1794-1877 (Scottish antiquarian)



  • Existence: 1794 - 1877


Alexander Sinclair was born in Edinburgh in 1795 to Sir John Sinclair, of Ulbster, and Diana, daughter of Lord Macdonald of the Isles. Alexander received his education at Musselburgh School and Edinburgh University. He was then a magistrate in the East India's service in the Presidencies of Bombay and Madras. After this, he came back to Scotland and devoted himself to antiquarian and genealogical research. In his later years, he was an ardent supporter of John Goodeve-Erskine in the Earl of Mar controversy of 1875. He died in Edinburgh in 1877, in his 83rd year.

From his obituary in The Times, 15 August 1877 (Coll-1973/5).

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Pamphlet entitled The Scotch Peerage endangered in its Rights and Integrity Through the Attack upon the Old Earldom of Mar by Alexander Sinclair, and newspaper cuttings, 1877

Identifier: Coll-1973/5
Scope and Contents Pamphlet entitled The Scotch Peerage endangered in its Rights and Integrity Through the Attack upon the Old Earldom of Mar, on the dispute between the Earl of Kellie and John Francis Goodeve-Erskine in 1875. The article is signed by Alex. Sinclair. Also includes three newspaper clippings on the death of Alexander Sinclair from the Times, dating from 10 and 15 August 1877.The pamphlet bears a manuscript note:...
Dates: 1877

Pamphlet on 'The Earldom of Mar', for private circulation, 1876

Identifier: Coll-1973/4
Scope and Contents Pamphlet 'only for private circulation' on the Earldom of Mar, giving 'a brief account of the crisis in the case of the Earldom of Mar, with illustrations from three almost contemporary instances of the necessity of obtaining feudal investitures with Peerages in those days, viz., the Earldom of Caithness, the Earldom of Buchan, and the Lordship of Montgomery, and of the total loss of the lands pertaining to these two Earldoms two centuries ago, without interrupting the continuance of either...
Dates: 1876

Postscript 'only for private circulation', 1876

Identifier: Coll-1973/4b
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Pamphlet with no title, but with the manuscript note 'Postscript. only for Private Circulation', where the author [Alexander Sinclair] proposes to add to the preivous texts, 'in a few notes, a sketch to show the continuity of the right of female descent in the Earldom of Mar'.

There is a manuscript note reading: 'George W. Marshall from the Author'.

Dates: 1876

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