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James Sinclair of Astley Cottage, Shapinsay
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James Sinclair of Astley Cottage, Shapinsay

This is my grandfather James Sinclair of Astley Cottage in Shapinsay, he joined the Territorials and was called up at the start of World War 1 and served in Orkney and France. He took over his fathers joinery shop and general merchants shop till he retired in 1970 with his wife Margaret Ann Shearer ( Annie)
Picture added on 14 September 2014 at 21:15
Astley was the hub of the island back in the day and as bairns we loved going there.Little did we realise then what horrors that older generation had gone through in WW1.
Added by Marlene Mainland on 17 September 2014
Is this James Sinclair born 1892? I've only just started to do some research into my family and Im 99.9% sure that John Sinclair born 1896 (James brother) is my great grandfather! He died in 1976 in Margaret River Western Australia. He married Elizabeth Harcus Hewison in 1917 and she died in 1991. Can someone confirm this for me?
Added by Jennifer Anne Sinclair Brown on 25 July 2016
The 1901 census for Shapinsay shows the brothers at Astley cottage as Robert, Charles, James and John aged 18,14,9 and 4 respectively.James was the only one who remained in the island in later years.
Added by Marlene Mainland on 02 August 2016
They were definitely brothers, as John's marriage certificate confirms Astley Cottage as his home. (Coincidentally, this is where my brother lives now!)
Added by Marlene Mainland on 02 August 2016
Yes my grandfather James was the only one who stayed in the islands, Robert and Charles both went to Canada and your great grandfather went to Australia.If you need any help with your family tree please contact me.
Anonymous comment added on 07 August 2016
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