The Sinclairs of Lisnalea and Newry

Members of this Sinclair family were living in Newry at the same time as the Newry Sinclairs. They certainly knew each other, because Abraham Walker Sinclair had business dealings with Ellen Brady of Canal Street, who may have been Anna Brady’s grandmother (see below). James and Abraham Sinclair were merchants on Canal Street, importing coal in particular.  However, so far there is nothing to suggest that the two families were related. From research undertaken by Adrian Sinclair, it seems likely that they came from Markethill, Co. Armagh, but no definitive proof has been found.

Alan Sinclair of Kilkeel found two gravestones relating to the family:
‘At the very back of Mullabrack Parish Church (the nave) there exists a grave which consists of two full-sized horizontal slabs surrounded by granite coping, which is raised slightly at the rear, to about 6 inches. The coping is built directly under the plaster of the wall. The weight of the church wall plaster has split the coping stone. The names, which were on the slabs, were said to be illegible by the elder Willie Wilson (Sexton), but they said it was very old. The sod, which was growing completely over the grave, was pulled back and revealed the slabs in badly broken condition. Pieces of granite were loose in a hole which was pointing downwards directly into the grave. The name “SINCLAIR” is written in newly installed lead capitals on the front of the rear coping stone with the date 1779-1899.’
The second was on Robert Sinclair’s grave at Loughgilly Parish Church:
Erected by Robert Sinclair, Lisnalea, in memory of his Son Abraham Sinclair, died February 13, 1894, aged 21 years and John who died 7th February, 1908 aged 40 years; also his dearly beloved wife Anne, who died 30 October 1919, aged 82; also in loving memory of the above Robert Sinclair, who died 9th November, 1919, aged 85 years.


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The following genealogical information has been provided by Adrian Sinclair.

Descendant table

Abraham Sinclair of Mullaghbrack, Lisnalea, Co. Armagh (c.1800-)
m. Miss Henderson
Robert Sinclair m. Ann
Son who went to Whiteabbey
James Sinclair of Jerrettspass and Newry (c.1830/5-)
m. 1865 Mary Ewart
Abraham Sinclair (1867-) m. 1905 Anna Brady (1879-1941)
James Sinclair (1906-1971) m. 1937 Monica Lamb
One son
Alan Sinclair of Kilkeel m. Kathleen
One son
Winifred Sinclair (1911-1995)
m. Alexander Henry Couser of Kilkeel, Co. Down (1900-1980)
Three daughters
Robert H. Sinclair (1878-1911) m. Margaret Brown of Derry
Beryl Sinclair
John Sinclair m. 1955 Laura Church of Carrick-on-Shannon
Dorothy Sinclair m. Jimmy Windgates of Raglan, Monmouthshire (-1968)
One son
Laura (Lorna) Sinclair m. Edgar Roy
One daughter
Harry Sinclair m. Mamie Callaghan
One son (Canada)
Joan Sinclair m. Bob Inman (Canada)
One son and one daughter
James H. Sinclair (-1918)
Jane Sinclair (1869-) m. c.1895, Frank Fisher
Joseph Annett Fisher
Jim Fisher of Newry m. Margaret Muntz
One son and one daughter
May Sinclair of Dublin m. Jim Shaw
Two daughters
Anne Sinclair (-1966/7) m. Robert McFaul of Newtonabbey
Hanna Sinclair m. J. Halliday