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Sinclair 9: St. Clair of Dysart, St. Clair Sinclair of Herdmanston Herdmanstoun, St. Clair of Sinclair
BP1934 reports that "Two important families bearing the name of Sinclair or St. Clair co-existed in the 12th century, distinguished as of Rosslyn, in Midlothian, and of Herdmanstoun, in East Lothian. Though no relationship can be traced between them, the earlier bearers of the title of Lord Sinclair belonged to the former, while the later belonged to the last named family."
Henry de St. Clair of Herdmanston a 1162 presumed father or grandfather of ...
1. Allan de St. Clair a 1196, 1244
m Matilda of Windsor wife of Allan, presumed mother of ...
A. John St. Clair of Herdmanston a 1244 presumed father of ...
i. John St. Clair of Herdmanston a 1296, 1314 presumed father of ...
a. Sir William St. Clair of Herdmanston a 1307, 1325 presumed father of ...
1 Sir John St. Clair of Herdmanston a 1377
m Margaret Sinclair dau of Sir William Sinclair of Roslin
A Sir John St. Clair of Herdmanston a 1396
m Elizabeth Polwarth dau of Sir Patrick Polwarth of that ilk
i Sir William St. Clair of Herdmanston a 01.1413
m Margaret
a Sir John St. Clair of Herdmanston d 20.12.1466
m Isobel a 1471
1 John St. Clair dvp
m Katherine Home dau of Sir Thomas sb Alexander? Home of that ilk, sister of Alexander, 1st Lord
A Marion Mariota St. Clair
m1 1470 George Home of Wedderburn d 18.05.1497
TSP reports only Marion's marriage to George Home. BLG1952 Home-Robertson reports that, after George's death, she married ...
m2 George Ker of Samuelston
B Margaret St. Clair
m Patrick Home of Polwarth d 11.1503, brother of George of Wedderburn
2 Sir William St. Clair of Herdmanston a 1471 presumed father of ...
A John St. Clair of Herdmanston probably d Flodden 09.1513
m Marion Cockburn
i Sir William St. Clair of Herdmanston d 02.1530 - continued below
m Beatrix Renton probably dau of David Renton of Billie
ii+ other issue - Alexander, James
partners unknown
iv+ other issue - James, John
3+ other issue - Alexander, James, Patrick
b Catherine Sinclair a 03.1450 probably of this generation
m before 08.03.1392-93 Sir John de Seton of Seton d before 1434
B James St. Clair
TSP suggest that James was "probably the ancestor of the family of Longformacus". Provisionally we follow Douglas in ascribing a different ancestry for that family.
C Sir Walter St. Clair of Cessworth orCessford a 1375
2. Ada St. Clair
m Petrus de Haga
Sir William St. Clair of Herdmanston d 02.1530 - continued above
m Beatrix Renton probably dau of David Renton of Billie who m2/3
1. John St. Clair of Herdmanston d before 12.01.1565-6
m Margaret Sinclair who m2. James Ormiston of that ilk
A. Sir William St. Clair of Herdmanston d 02.06.1594
m mcrt 26.02.1566 Sibyl Cockburn dau of John Cockburn of Ormiston, Secretary of State
i. Sir John St. Clair of Herdmanston, Sheriff of Haddington d c1630
m Mary Richardson dau of Sir James Richardson of Smeaton
a. Sir John St. Clair of Herdmanston a 1652, MP
Whilst providing some data about earlier generations, BP1934 starts its report on this family from this generation.
m mcrt 03.06.1629 Elizabeth Sinclair bur 09.04.1686, dau of Sir John Sinclair, Bart of Stevenston
TSP reports that John had a charter on ie purchased Roslin Rosslyn from William Sinclair of Roslin in 1652.
1 John St. Clair of Herdmanston and Rosslyn bpt 14.02.1623, d 13.07.1666
m 14.04.1659 Catherine Sinclair, Mistress of Sinclair d 07.1666, dau of John Sinclair, 9th Lord Sinclair
A Henry St. Clair of Herdmanston, 10th Lord Sinclair bpt 03.06.1660, bur 14.03.1723
m 30.12.1680 Barbara Cockburn dau of Sir James Cockburn of that ilk
i John St. Clair, master of Sinclair bpt 05.12.1683, dsp 02.11.1750
John was attainted for his support of the 1715 rising.
m1 16.08.1733 Margaret Stewart d 22.07.1747, dau of James Stewart, Earl of Galloway
m2 24.04.1750 Amelia Murray d 24.04.1779, dau of Lord George Murray
ii James St. Clair of Dysart b c1688, dsp 30.11.1762, Lt. General
TSP identifies James as the 11th Lord but for the attainder, thereby ignoring his elder brother who caused the attainder during his father's lifetime.
m Janet Dalrymple b 03.03.1690, d 08.01.1766, dau of Sir David Dalrympe of Hailes
iii William St. Clair bur unm 20.05.1762, Major
TSP reports that William died unmarried. However, BLG1952 St. Clair formerly of Staverton Court shows that he did have the following illegitimate children.
a William St. Clair of Skeddaway b 1746, d 1830
m 1773 Augusta Tinling dau of John Tinling, Governor of Minorca
1 James Pattison St. Clair of Felcourt Lodge, Surrey b 1780, d 03.01.1867, Colonelhad issue
m1 1809 Charlotte Head dau of Michael Head of Halifax, NS
m2 1830 Susannah Turton dau of Sir Thomas Turton, 1st Bart of Starborough Castle
2 David Latimer St. Clair of Staverton Court, Gloucestershire b 08.05.1784, dsp 24.11.1861, Captain RN
m 13.04.1819 Elizabeth Earhill dau of John Earhill of Chichester
3+ other issue
b David St. Clair Captain
iv Grissel St. Clair bpt 27.12.1681, d 22.08.1737
m John Paterson of Prestonhall son of John, Archbishop of Glasgow
a James Paterson, later St. Clair of Dysart and Roslin d unm 14.05.1789
b Barbara Paterson d unm
c Margaret Paterson
m 23.04.1744 John Thomson of Charlton
1 Grizel Maria Thomson
m 12.1774 John Anstruther b 1736, d 10.02.1815, Colonel
v Catherine St. Clair bpt 14.07.1685
m Sir John Erskine, Bart of Alva d 12.03.1739
Rosslyn passed to one of their grandsons who later became 2nd Earl of Rosslyn.
vi Margaret St. Clair b 23.01.1688, dsp 23.10.1756
m Sir William Baird, Bart of Newbyth b 12.11.1654, d 17.02.1737
vii Elizabeth St. Clair
m 07.1716 David Wemyss, 3rd Earl of Wemyss d 1720
viii+ other issue - David dvp 1712, Henry bur unm 21.01.1756, Matthew bur 03.04.1747, Ann
B John St. Clair bpt 23.01.1663
C Mary St. Clair b 11.07.1666, d before 08.11.1721
m George Wilson son of Thomas of Edinburgh
2 William St. Clair of Carfrae bpt 22.04.1633
m Christian Sinclair
A+ issue - Elizabeth bpt 11.03.1660, Christian bpt 18.03.1638
3 Robert St. Clair, Governor of Tilbury bpt 21.01.1641, d 1702
A daughter
4 George St. Clair bpt 01.04.1642
m 05.09.1678 Isabella Durham bur 05.12.1686, dau of John Cunningham Durham of Pilktoun and Luffness
A+ issue - John bpt 05.10.1679, dspm 26.08.1742, doctor, Barbara bpt 25.01.1681, Isobel bpt 03.02.1683
5 Matthew St. Clair bpt 25.11.1647, bur 11.11.1728, 10th son
m Margaret Carre d c28.09.1742, dau of Sir Thomas Carre or Ker of Cavers
A Charles St. Clair of Herdmanston b 25.01.1692, d 04.01.1775
TSP identifies Charles as the 12th Lord but for the attainder whereas BP1934 identifies him as the 11th Lord but for the attainder
m mcrt 01.04.1731 Elizabeth Hume d 12.03.1784, dau of Sir Andrew Hume of Kimmerghame, Senator
i Matthew St. Clair b 17.03.1732, d young
ii Andrew St. Clair of Herdmanston b 30.07.1733, d 16.12.1775
m 28.12.1763 Elizabeth Rutherford dau of John Rutherford, younger of Edgerston
a Charles St. Clair of Herdmanston, 13th Lord Sinclair b 30.07.1768, d 30.09.1863, Lt. Colonel, MP had issue
Charles had his claim presumably made by his father to the barony of Sinclair accepted by the House of Lords in 1782. TSP numbers him the 14th Lord but on this we follow BP1934 which numbers him the 13th.
m1 13.02.1802 Mary Agnes Chisholme d 16.07.1814, dau of James Chisholme of Chisholme
m2 18.09.1816 Isabella Mary Chatto d 005.1.1875, dau of Alexander Chatto of Mainhouse
b+ other sissue - Mathew d 1800?, comander RN, Eleanor d unm 12.09.1796
iii Elizabeth St. Clair b 11.01.1738, dsp 13.11.1811
m 28.09.1773 James Dalrymple Lt. Colonel, son of Sir James, Bart of Hailes
B Andrew St. Clair d 25.10.1760, physician to the King in 1733
m 07.11.1736 Elizabeth Drummond dau of James Drummond of Blair Drummond
C daughter
m William Mollison of London
6+ other issue - Thomas bpt 18.06.1643, Matthew bpt 04.02.1645, d young, Elizabeth bpt 27.12.1634, Marion bpt 02.12.1636, Margaret bpt 18.03.1638, Helen bpt 22.04.1649
b. James St. Clair
c. Robert St. Clair
m 20.09.1638 Helen Rae
1 Jean St. Clair bpt 09.11.1643
ii. Mary St. Clair d 02.1606
m mcrt 10.09.1583 David McGill of Cranston Riddell d 10.05.1607, Senator
iii.+ other issue - George, William a 1615, Sibyl, Jean, Margaret, Euphame, Elizabeth
B.+ other issue - John a 05.1569, Oliver a 05.1569, Alexander, Beatrix, Margart, Jane, Alison
2.+ other issue - Margaret, Elizabeth

Sources: TSP Sinclair, BP1934 Sinclair
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