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SINCLAIR OF GOAT in the Parish of Dunrossness

  1. LAURENCE SINCLAIR of Goat, was one of the persons charged with the murder of Matthew Sinclair of Ness, and ordered to find caution to appear and stand his trail therefor. The charge against him was, however, departed from. He is said to have married (first) Mary Stewart, one of numerous natural children of Robert, Earl of Orkney, and (second) in 1609 Margaret, daughter of Laurence Leask of Scatness, who is called his relict in 1626. They had issue:
    1. James, his heir
    2. Malcolm
    3. Laurence
    4. William, mentioned 1601
    5. Elizabeth, married Andrew Shewan
    6. Jean
  2. JAMES SINCLAIR of Goat was found guilty of the murder of Matthew Sinclair of Ness, on 16th August 1602, and forfeited. On 1st November 1624 he disponed to Mr. Thomas Hendrie, minister of Walls, ten merks of land in that parish. He married Christian Sinclair and had issue:
    1. Laurence, his heir
    2. John
    3. Grizel, married in 1622 John Stewart of Bigtoun
    4. Barbara, married Gilbert Gifford
  3. LAURENCE SINCLAIR of Goat died in 1675. He was twice married (first) in 1629 to Margaret, daughter of Michael Balfour of Garth, and had issue:
    1. James, his heir
    2. William, aftermentioned (No. VI)
    3. Patrick of Scotland
    4. Barbara, married (first) about 1683 John Umphray of Asta, and (second) Erasmus Mense of Whiteness
    5. Margaret married in 1709, Laurence Halcro
    He married (second) Margaret, daughter of James Halcro of Ledigarth, and had issue:
    1. John
    2. Elizabeth, married David Henderson
  4. JAMES SINCLAIR of Goat, died 17th May 1689, married (first) 1672, Martha, daughter of Malcolm Sinclair of Rapness in Orkney, and (second) Martha, daughter of Laurence Stewart of Bigtoun. He had issue:
    1. Laurence, his heir
    2. Martha, married Laurence Strong, merchant in Dunrossness, and had a daughter Barbara married to James Neven, shipmaster in Dunrossness
  5. LAURENCE SINCLAIR of Goat was born in 1686 and was father of Patrick, who predeceased him. He was succeeded by his uncle,
  6. WILLIAM SINCLAIR of Goat, disponed his 26 merks land in Dunrossness and 7 merks in Fair Isle to John Scott of Scottshall in 1717, died 1724, having married 1685 Elizabeth, daughter of Laurence Craigie, and had issue:
    1. Laurence, his heir
    2. William
    3. Sarah, married Rev. Robert Donning, Lerwick
    4. Margaret, married Laurence Strong
    5. Jean
  7. LAURENCE SINCLAIR of Goat, served heir to his granduncle James, 18th July 1752, died 1756, married Ursilla, daughter of William Dick of Fracafield, and had two daughters Margaret and Elizabeth
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