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TITLE
James Sinclair, 12th Earl of Caithness
EXTERNAL ID
AB_WICK_ART_10
PLACENAME
Wick
DISTRICT
Eastern Caithness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Wick
DATE OF IMAGE
1790
PERIOD
1790s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
536
KEYWORDS
portrait painting
James Sinclair, 12th Earl of Caithness

This portrait of James Sinclair, 12th Earl of Caithness, hangs in the Town Hall in Wick. It was painted in 1790.

Sir James Sinclair of Mey, 12th Earl of Caithness was born on 31 October 1766 at Barrogill Castle, Caithness. He was the son of Sir John Sinclair of Mey, 6th Bt. and Charlotte Sutherland. He married Jean Campbell, daughter of General Alexander Campbell of Barcaldine and Helen Sinclair, on 2 January 1784 at Thurso Castle, Thurso, Caithness.

He succeeded to the title of 7th Baronet Sinclair, of Canisbay on 26 March 1774. He succeeded to the title of 12th Earl of Caithness on 8 April 1789. On 4 May 1793 he was found to be the rightful Earl.

He also held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Caithness between 1794 and 1823 and held the office of Representative Peer [Scotland] between 1807 and 1818. He was also Postmaster-General between 1811 and 1823.

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James Sinclair, 12th Earl of Caithness

CAITHNESS: Wick

1790s

portrait painting

Am Baile

Wick Public Building Art

This portrait of James Sinclair, 12th Earl of Caithness, hangs in the Town Hall in Wick. It was painted in 1790.<br /> <br /> Sir James Sinclair of Mey, 12th Earl of Caithness was born on 31 October 1766 at Barrogill Castle, Caithness. He was the son of Sir John Sinclair of Mey, 6th Bt. and Charlotte Sutherland. He married Jean Campbell, daughter of General Alexander Campbell of Barcaldine and Helen Sinclair, on 2 January 1784 at Thurso Castle, Thurso, Caithness.<br /> <br /> He succeeded to the title of 7th Baronet Sinclair, of Canisbay on 26 March 1774. He succeeded to the title of 12th Earl of Caithness on 8 April 1789. On 4 May 1793 he was found to be the rightful Earl. <br /> <br /> He also held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Caithness between 1794 and 1823 and held the office of Representative Peer [Scotland] between 1807 and 1818. He was also Postmaster-General between 1811 and 1823.