Genealogie of the Sainteclaires of Rosslyn
by Father Richard Augustin Hay
Edited by Robert L. D. Cooper
The contents of this book were compiled in 1690 by Father Richard Augustine Hay (1661–c.1736), Prior of St. Pieremont, who had access to the Sinclair family papers. His manuscripts, now in the National Library of Scotland, were edited and published anonymously by James Maidment (1795–1879) in 1835. Maidment’s work is exceedingly rare because only 120 copies were printed.
The Genealogie is often cited as a source by writers who comment on a variety of subjects as diverse as Scottish Freemasonry, the Sinclair family, Scottish history, the Knights Templar and Rosslyn Chapel. Those who wished to consult the book have been hampered not only by its scarcity but also because Maidment reproduced Hay’s Latin transcriptions without translating them.
The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland decided to produce another version in order to make it available to all those who have an interest in Scottish Freemasonry, and of course the Rosslyn Sinclair family.
In order to make it more accessible the Latin charters and other documents from the Chartulary of Rosslyn have been translated into English by John Wade of the University of Sheffield, who has done an outstanding job in rendering the Latin text into English.
For anyone interested in the origins of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, Rosslyn Chapel, the St. Clair or Sinclair family in Scotland, this is an essential work of reference.
This edition first published by the
Grand Lodge of Scotland 2002.
240 pages, 21.5 x 17 cm, paperback
ISBN 0 902324 63 2, £18.99 plus p&p