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John SINCLAIR (1808-1891) and Margaret HISLOP (1814-1879)

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From the book entitled, The Sinclairs 1664-1992 A Family History

John SINCLAIR (1808-1891) and Margaret HISLOP (1814-1879)
In the Prestonkirk Census of 1841, John was to be found in Yellowlees Cottage and was mentioned as being born in Spott. He was married to Margaret HISLOP from Dunbar and he worked as a gardener.

Between 1851 and 1871 they stayed at Orchard Cottage and were tenants of Linton Orchard on the South facing bank on the River Tyne, producing fruit such as strawberries which were sent to Edinburgh by train.

In 1879 Margaret passed away and then John moved and stayed with his sister-in-law Jessie HISLOP at Browns Place. A short time after, he went to stay with his son Robert at Congalton Gardens. In 1881, John died and was buried in the Prestonkirk Churchyard.
He and Margaret had ten children:

Robert Sinclair (1838 1901) married Ann Pettigrew (1841-1916) who was the daughter of John and Margaret (Spence) Pettigrew. Robert and Ann had six children. Robert became Governor of the Poor house at Prestonkirk. In 1872 they moved to Congalton Gardens, a market garden near Drem where there are still Sinclairs today.

Isabella Sinclair (1840-1880) married Alex Malcolm (1835-1878) who was a grocer in East Linton. They both died young and their ten children became under the guardianship of Isabellas brother George.

Elizabeth Sinclair (1841-1919) married William Clark (1835-1890). They eloped and were married in 1877 in Berwick upon Tweed. They had four children. Elizabeth worked for her brother David. William was employed as a tailor.

David Sinclair (1844-1898) was a bachelor and is remembered as being a very holy man. The 1871 Census listed him as a draper in East Linton where he employed seven men and two women.

John Sinclair (1845-?) was a bachelor who was a drapers assistant. It is said that he went to Glasgow to seek his fortune by opening a high class grocers business but failed.

George Sinclair (1847-1917) married Mary Phemister (1847-1931) took over the running of Linton Orchard from his father John. Both he and Mary also became guardian of his sister Isabellas ten children when she died in 1880.

Margaret Sinclair (1848-1897) never married and she was a domestic servant who found lodgings in Browns Place, East Linton

William Sinclair (1851-?) He was a draper in Glasgow and married Janet? and had one daughter Janet Sinclair (1875-?)

Alexander Sinclair (1851-1863) Buried in Prestonkirk Churchyard

Thomas Sinclair (1854-?) In 1881 Census emigrated to Canada and became a trapper. Legend says that he died one winter in his cabin and was not found for a year later.

The attached photo is John SINCLAIR (1808-1891)

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by mwilkie Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-02-28 16:49:10

I'm a bit of a history buff. My brother Robert (Bob)from Ontario, Canada and a Thomas Middlemass from Scotland were researching the Sinclair family tree and sparked my interest in research.

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by edmondsallan on 2011-02-28 21:11:06

well well well . I see didn't take you long to get a journal underway. Great and thanks for letting us peruse it . well done - regards

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