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Year Month Event Description Reference
1480 William 1st Earl Dies buried at Rosslyn Complete Peerage
1480 William Sinclair Becomes 1st Lord Sinclair Complete Peerage
1481 18-Feb Agreement ratified between Sir Oliver and William, Lord Sinclair William obtains Ravenscraig Castle and its lands as well as lands at Dysart but with his son, Henry, renounce claim to barony of Roslin Scots Peerage (Paul)
1482 17-Apr William, Lord Sinclair declared 'incomposmentis et fatuus' and a wster of his lands and goods for 16 years previously Scots Peerage (Paul)            Complete Peerage
1486? Rosslyn Chapel Completed Rosslyn Chapel (The Earl of Rosslyn)
1487 William, Lord Sinclair Dies and is buried at Dunfermline succeeded by his son Henry Scots Peerage (Paul)
  1488 -89 Henry, Lord Sinclair Sat in Parliament Scots Peerage (Paul)
1489 28-May Henry, Lord Sinclair Granted a thirteen year lease of Orkney and Shetland, the custody of Kirkwall Castle and the offices of Justiciar, Foud and Bailie of Orkney and Shetland Scots Peerage (Paul)
1496 Jan de Grot (John of Groats) Commissioned by James IV to operate a ferry service to Orkney having obtained a charter of land from William, the Earl of Caithness
1501 01-May Henry, Lord Sinclair Regranted lease of Orkney and Shetland for nineteen years Scots Peerage (Paul)
1502 Sir David Sinclair, illegitimate son of William first Earl Sent by King James IV to fight for Danes angainst Norse Scots peerage (Paul)
1505 William 2nd Earl Known to have sat in Parliament
1510 13-Mar Henry, Lord Sinclair Created Master of the Artillery Scots Peerage (Paul)
1513 09-Sep Battle of Flodden William, 2nd Earl helped lead the right wing of the Scottish army army that beat the English left wing. Unlike some he returned to help the rest of the Scots and was killed. Loss of 300 Sinclairs including George Sinclair of Keiss, Henry 3rd Lord Sinclair, Sir John Sinclair of Herdmanston, The Bishop of Caithness as well as King James IV of Scotland. Scots Peerage (Paul)
1513 John, son of William becomes 3rd Earl Scots Peerage (Paul)
William, son of Henry becomes 4th Lord Sinclair Does not inherit Estates until his mother dies Scots Peerage (Paul)
1515 Sir James Sinclair, natural son of Sir William of Warsetter (brother to Henry 3rd Lord Sinclair) and thus a cousin Elected by the Orcadians as their leader and withheld rents to Lady Sinclair (William's mother) and forces William to surrender  Kirkwall Castle and to flee to Caithness Scots Peerage (Paul)
1529 William, Lord Sinclair Receives letter from King instructing him to invade Orkney and overthrow Sir James. Goes to John for help Scots Peerage (Paul)
1529 18-May Battle of Somersdale (Summerdale) Orkney John, 3rd Earl of Caithness with 500 men dies in battle. Succeeded by his son George 4th Earl. William, 4th Lord Sinclair is taken prisoner. Scots Peerage (Paul)
1533 01-Jun John Seintcleere Knighted with the Sword at the Coronation of King Henry VIII of England and Queen Anne Boleyn The Knights of England (Shaw)
1540 Oliver Sinclair of Pitcairns Second son of Sir Oliver Sinclair of Rosslyn appointed Justice, Sherriff, Admiral and Baillie of Orkney and Shetland by King James V Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland












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