Name: William SINCLAIR , 2nd Earl of Caithness 1 2
Birth: 1458 in Girnigoe Castle, Wick, Caithness, Scotland
Death: 9 SEP 1513 in Battle of Flodden Field, Branxton, Northumberland, England 1 2
William Sinclair, 2nd Earl of Caithness, slain at Flodden 9 Sep 1513; m. Margaret, daughter of Sir Gilbert Keith of Inverugy. [Magna Charta Sureties]
There is a superstition that it is unlucky for a Sinclair to cross the Ord on a Monday wearing green, This had its origin in the march southward, in 1513, of William, 3rd Earl of Caithness and 300 men on their way to Flodden Field. One returned. He appears to have left before the battle carrying a ``drum- head charter" granted to the Earl by James IV. The Sinclairs were invariably unlucky in their military expeditions beyond the county.
Earldom of CAITHNESS (XXI, 2)
WILLIAM (SINCLAIR), EARL OF CAITHNESS [SCT], in consequence of a resignation to that effect by the late Earl, to whom he was a younger son, being 2nd son by the 2nd wife. He obtained a crown charter of the whole lands of the Earldom "to him and his heirs whatsoever," on 7 December 1476. He married Margaret, daughter of Sir Gilbert KEITH, of Inverugie. He died 9 September 1513, being slain with his King at Flodden Field. [Complete Peerage II:478-9, XIV:133, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]
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In 1470, William received Ravenscraig Castle.
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Father: William SINCLAIR , 3rd Earl Orkney, 1st Caithness b: ABT 1408 in Rosslyn Castle, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland
Mother: Marjory SUTHERLAND b: ABT 1441 in Dunbeath Castle, Caithness, Scotland
Margaret KEITH b: ABT 1477 in Inverugie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
- John SINCLAIR , 3rd Earl of Caithness b: ABT 1495 in Dunbeath Castle, Caithness, Scotland
- Title: Magna Charta Sureties 1215, Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Sheppard Jr, 5th Edition, 1999
- Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000