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General Patrick Sinclair
Founder of the village of Lybster
General Patrick Sinclair is buried as he wished near to his house. The grave is some distance from the back of Lybster House where he lived. The grave is not accessible from the Main Street but from the A99 about 150 metres to the east of the 40 mph speed limit on the Wick side of the village. At this part of the coast the main road runs due east- west!
In 1936 a gravestone was erected by his great-grandson David A Laing and his grand -daughter Isabel when she was 100 years old. Previously the grave had been marked by a cairn.
The inscription on the stone reads -
The Sinclairs of Lybster have long roots running back to the Sinclair earls who ruled Caithness that was once a much larger area taking in much of Sutherland. Tracing further back the family has connections to the Norwegian earls who controlled the north of Scotland for centuries.