The History of Leith

May 30, 2012

The Sinclairs of Roslin

In 1264, Sir William, sixth of Roslin, was
Sheriff of Edinburgh, Linlithgow, and Haddington
(” Chamberlain Rolls “), and it was his son and successor,
Sir Henry, who obtained from Robert I,
for his good and faithful services, a charter of
Pentland Muir, and to whom (and not to a Sir William)
the well-known tradition of the famous hunting-
match thereon, which led to the founding of
the chapel of St. Katherine in the Hope, must
refer. With that muir he obtained other lands,
whichgvere ” all erected into a free forestry, for
payment of a tenth part of one soldier yearly, in 1317
His son, Sir William, was one of the chosen
companions of the good Sir James Douglas, whom
he accompanied in the mission to convey Bruce’s
heart to Jerusalem, and with whom he perished in
battle with the Moors at Teba, in 1331. He left
an infant son, who, in 1350, was ambassador at the
Court of England, whither he repaired with a train
of sixty armed horse. He married Isabella,
daughter of Malise, Earl of Strathearn, and was
succeeded by his son, Sir Henry Sinclair of Roslin,
who was created Earl of Orkney by Haco, King of
Norway, in 1379—a title confirmed by Robert II.

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