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The Enigmatic Sinclairs: Volume 1


The Most Important Book On the Saint-Clair Family in 300 Years, December 3, 2015
Stephen St Clair
This review is from: The Enigmatic Sinclairs: Volume 1 (Paperback)
My title is not in any way an overstatement. Rondo B B Me and Gerald Sinclair have created a milestone in the history of the Saint-Clair family, and have provided a roadmap for researchers of other families with ties to medieval England and Scotland. Their message is clear, get your heads out of the myths and legends and return to the facts. Then dig deep into the records to understand the context of the events that colored the world of those individuals back in time struggling to deal with their wider circumstances. Out of that will come a rare historical document that provides truth for future generations. And that is precisely what we in the Saint-Clair family now have.

Father Richard Augustine Hay (1661 - 1736) had access to many papers of the Sinclair family of Roslin in the late 1680’s and recorded copious notes from them. As the source documents were later destroyed by fire, this was a bit of luck. Since then, only two other researchers added any further significant documents research to the subject - Thomas Sinclair and Rowland William Saint-Clair. Each of these last two researchers were writing at a time when such undertakings were clouded by sentiment and legend, making us modern researchers skeptical of some of their claims.

Now our family benefits from Rondo and Gerry’s very unique approach. They focused on original source documents, of which there are more than you might think, and dutifully recorded the facts. They also used highly credible secondary sources like G.W.S. Barrow, Professor of Medieval History King’s College, University of Durham. This gives you a sense of how critical they were of their sources.

But, importantly, Gerry and Rondo don’t just report the facts; they provide context and conclusions which make a great deal of sense as they are presented in a backdrop of historical facts. This is no dry recounting of the facts. I simply cannot put the book down and am on my 3rd reading.

The result is a book that every member of the Sinclair / St Clair / Sinceler / Sinker family will proudly pass down to their ancestors. In this age of the Internet, we need to learn to ignore the fabulous, the copied and pasted, as well as the complete fantasy so we can learn the real truth.

• If you are a member of the Saint-Clair family, buy this book. Pass it on to your descendants.
• If you are researching an entirely different and unrelated family, buy this book. Study Rondo's and Gerry's methodology and apply it to your family.
Date Added: 12/28/2015 by Kent Hesselbein
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