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SINCLAIR OF GORNE AND BURWICK, SANDWICK

MAGNUS SINCLAIR OF GORNE took an active part in the local affairs of his time.

His being so much mixed up with the Clumlies and the Towquoys would indicate a close relationship to them.

Hew Spens and Magnus Aith sought Lawborrows against him, the 7th November, 1612, and on the 7th December following David Kirkness of Kirkness became cautioner for his peacable behaviour. Gorne was Chancellor of Assise 25th February 1613, in Colville versus Thomas Sinclair; and on the 13th March same, Oliver Isbuster, the Fletts, etc., proceed against Magnus Sinclair of Gorne in Harray. On the 15th October 1615, Gorne being then baillie in that part, bought udal land in Netherbrough, Harray, from Andro Flett of Redland, Firth; to this transaction Magnus Sinclair in Overbrough, Harray, is a witness. On the 20th January 1619, there was trial of a cause between Stewart of Graemsay and Magnus Sinclair in Gorne. On 15th March 1620, he and his spouse Merion Irwin are mentioned. On 9th April 1621, compeared Gorne, Magnus Louttit, in Lyking, and Patrick Millar of Hestwall, as procurator for Elizabeth Sinclair, spouse to said Louttit, in the matter of lands in Wosbuster, etc. In presence of Edward Sinclair, baillie of Sandwick, the same day compear Louttit and Elisabeth Sinclair, his spouse, with Mareoun Irving, spouse to Gorne, in the matter of lands from Bishop Graham. On 27th July same, Gorne and his wife sold Beaw and Husgar, in Sandwick, to Andro Linkletter of that Ilk [of Linkletter]. On 29th April 1622, compeared Gorne, with Robert Sinclair of Skaill, baillie in that pairt, - To said Magnus for money lent, etc., an annual rent of £40 from William Irving, heir apparant of Saba, who on 10th September next thereafter for 400 merks to Gorne and his wife (sister to Saba) the lands of Burwick - pertaining aforetime to the said Magnus and the Newgar Quay, near Clumlie. On 5th August 1623, Gorne sued Tohop, Saba, etc. Gorne died before 1646, on 4th June in which year, when his daughters claim their shares of his property before Edward Sinclair of Clumlie, etc.; on 19th July 1656, they make cause against William Irving of Saba, their uncle; 0n 18th April 1666, they are als of John Grahame of Brekness, whom they in turn sue the 18th August following. Gorne's daughters by Marion Irving, daughter of Saba, were:

  1. KATHARINE
  2. MARGARET
  3. ISOBELL, married 1st, the Rev. Francis Liddell; 2nd, John Sinclair of Hammar
  4. MARJORIE, married William Preston

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