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SINCLAIR, Henry 2nd Earl of Orkney, Lord Sinclair
(About 1375-1420)
(About 1388-After 1438)
DOUGLAS, Archibald 4th Earl of Douglas, Duke of Touraine
(About 1372-1424)
STEWART, Margaret
(About 1370-1456)
SINCLAIR, William 3rd Earl of Orkney, Earl of Caithness, 2nd Lord Sinclair
(About 1409-)
DOUGLAS, Elizabeth
(About 1400-About 1451)
SINCLAIR, William of Newburgh, 3rd Lord Sinclair, 'The Waster'
(About 1435-After 1487)


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1. LESLIE, Christian

SINCLAIR, William of Newburgh, 3rd Lord Sinclair, 'The Waster' 1

  • Born: About 1435
  • Marriage (1): LESLIE, Christian about 29 April 1458 1
  • Died: After 14 July 1487 1
  • Buried: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland 1

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  General Notes:

"WIilliam Sinclair of Newburgh, commonly known as 'The Waster,' was the eldest son of the said William, Earl of Caithness, by his first marriage with Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of Archibald, fourth Earl of Douglas. He was disinherited by his father, who, on 7 December 1476, resigned his lands of the earldom of Caithness in the hands of the King, from whom he obtained a new grant with remainder to William, the eldest son of his second marriage."

from Scots Peerage (vol 7) 1

William married Christian LESLIE, daughter of George LESLIE Earl of Rothes and Margaret LUNDY, about 29 April 1458.1 (Christian LESLIE was born about 1445 and died After 22 February 1492(1493) 1.)

  Marriage Notes:

"He (William 2nd Lord Sinclair) married (dispensation dated 29 April 1458) Christian Leslie, daughter of George, Earl of Rothes, who survived him, and was alive 22 February 1492-93." (page 570) "With consent of Christian Leslie, his spouse, he sold certain fishing rights of Ithane to Sir James Ogilvy of Deskford, a grant which was confirmed 15 April 1478." (page 570)

from Scots Peerage (vol 7)

Note: 'Christian Leslie', who married William Sinclair, has been place here, tentatively, as the daughter of George Leslie and Margaret Lundin.

Historical Records of the Family of Leslie do not mention this marriage. William, "Earl of Orkney and Caithness, Lord Sinclair," is mentioned only as the father-in-law of Andrew Leslie, Master of Rothes. The history also features a "Lady Christian Leslie, born 1450, married to George Leslie, second Baron of that Ilk" who was the daughter of the Earl of Rothes' second marriage.

It mentions one daughter of his first marriage, Margaret, who
"married Alexander Cumming of Ernside".
The dating does not easily allow, though it does not absolutely prevent, the wife of William Sinclair being the daughter of the second marriage of George Leslie with Christian Haliburton which took place in 1440.

It has been assigned to the first marriage on the grounds that though it is relatively unusual to have two children of different wives with the same name, it is even more odd to have two children of the same wife sharing a Christian name.
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1 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 7 (1910).

2 e-books, Historical Records of the Family of Leslie 1067-1869 vol.2 by Col. Leslie of Balquhain (1869).

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