The Sinclairs of Co Wicklow

Henry St Clair held land in the townland of Glasnamullen, parish of Calary, barony of Ballinacor as early as 1833 and 1836 according to the Tithe Applotment Books. In 1843 he had a house, stables, storehouse, barn, cow house and pigsty. At Griffith’s Valuation (1852), he owned 70 acres of land rated at £21 15s. and houses and offices rated at £8 15s. let to others, and leased 140 acres (£41) and a house and offices (£6 10s.) from Francis Synge.

There is a reference to a marriage licence of Henry St Clair and Anne Keegan in 1839 (Dublin, Public Records in Ireland). In 1843, Mrs Anne St Clair was a complainant at the Petty Session Court of Newtownmountkennedy, and Henry was often a complainant in the same court concerning trespass on his land or sheep stealing. In December 1854, both he and Mrs Anne St Clair were complainants. Similar cases were heard in 1840 and 1848, and then most years between 1852 and 1864, which suggest Henry had a very poor relationship with his neighbours. In 1865, the death of Henry St Clair at Rathdrum, aged 58 years, was recorded, so he was born c.1807. Anne died 14 February 1886, aged 84, at Rathdown House, Dalgany (Greystones), the house of her sister E. Morris, leaving £3,798 2s. 6. to the sole Executrix, Anne Fox, widow, of the same place. Nothing else is known about Henry as yet.

According to the Catholic Parish Registers, a Thomas Sinclair and his wife Margaret Cullen were living in the townland of Stratford, Baltinglass, when their children were born. It seems likely that they moved to England where Thomas died before the 1851 census, when Margaret was a widow and living with her children in Back Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire. William was a printer, Jane a dress maker, Robert a bread baker, and George a bleacher.

In 1858, George married Mary Ann Hoyles, also a dress maker, and had moved to 88 Canning Street, Manchester New Cross, by the 1861 census. George stated that his father Thomas was a block cutter when he married, and he was a calico block printer. In 1871 the family was living at 14 Davis Street, Manchester New Cross, and in 1881 they were at Church View, Whitle, New Mills, Derbyshire. New Mills was a centre of calico printing. In 1891 George and Mary Ann were living with their youngest son Thomas at 16 Chapel Street, Middleton, Lancashire. George died in 1907 and Mary Ann died in 1919.

Margaret’s eldest son William, also a block printer, married Mary Ann, who was born c.1832 and underage when they wed. In 1871 they were living at 19 Bradford Road, Manchester New Cross, and Mary Ann was a cotton weaver. In 1881 they may have been living at 22 Atkin Street, Manchester New Cross, and it seems they had no children. William died in 1893.

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Townland of Stratford, parish of Rathbran, barony of Upper Talbotstown
Thomas Sinclair m. Margaret Cullen (c.1809-)
William Sinclair (c.1827-1893) m. Anne (c.1832-)
Jane Sinclair (c.1829-)
Robert Sinclair (c.1831-)
George Sinclair (1836-1907) m. 1858 Mary Ann Hoyles (1836-1919)
William Thomas Sinclair (1858-)
John Sinclair (1861-bef.1871)
Mary Jane Sinclair (1863-) m. 1890 James Fredrick Hopwood (c.1862-), issue
Ada Sinclair (1866-)
Margaret Ann Sinclair (1869-bef.1881)
George Edward Sinclair (1871-1944) m. 1892 Emma Spencer (c.1871-bef.1911)
Alice Sinclair (1898-1965) m. 1946 Hodkin
Thomas Sinclair (1874-1957) m. 1896 Annie Ling (1877-aft.1911)
Annie Sinclair (1896-?1973)
James Henry Sinclair (1899-aft.1911)
Arthur Sinclair (1902-1990) m. 1933 Emma Sandiford (1910-1986)
Thomas Sinclair (1906-)
Frederick (St Clear) Sinclair (1842-)
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