Margaret Sinclair

about 1845–
Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Margaret

When Margaret Sinclair was born about 1845, in Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, George Sinclair, was 31 and her mother, Marjory Bruce, was 28. She married Alexander Tait on 19 December 1862, in Bowertower, Caithness, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Bower, Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 20 years.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Tait
Margaret Sinclair
Marriage: 19 December 1862
William Tait
Elizabeth Tait
Margaret Tait
George Tait
Peter Tait
Marjory Tait
Alexander Cormack Tait
Robert Sinclair Tait
Johan Tait

Spouse and Children

19 December 1862
Bowertower, Caithness, Scotland


    William Tait


    Margaret Tait


    George Tait


    Peter Tait


    Marjory Tait


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    George Sinclair


    Marjory Bruce




+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1847 · The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland is established.

Age 2

The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland was formed in 1847. For most of its existence the United Presbyterian Church was the third largest Presbyterian Church in Scotland and flourished in Scotland for 53 years. After being reunited with the Church of Scotland in 1929, it continues to bring relief to the local communities.
1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

Age 9

Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.
1878 · Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank.

Age 33

Because of a discovery of a £7,000 deficit, City of Glasgow Bank halted operations from November to December 1877. After 10 months after reopening, the bank’s directors announced the bank, itself, had filed bankruptcy. The closure showed a net liability of over £6 million. The bank was so successful with telling people that it wasn’t in error, that the Bank's shares were selling for more than double of what they were actually worth. The bank’s directors were arrested and tried at the High Court. All were found guilty and sentenced to terms of imprisonment. Many Glasgow businesses failed as a result of the bankruptcy and shareholders were called to replenish the bank's losses. One shareholder argued that he had become a shareholder unknowing the fraudulent actions of the bank. Wide effects of the collapse have been seen in limited growth in liability and extensive problems with temporary banking liquidity.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish (of Norman origin): name of a powerful Scottish clan, originally a habitational name from Saint-Clair-sur-Elle in La Manche or Saint-Clairl’Évêque in Calvados, so called from the dedication of their churches to St. Clarus ( see Clare 3).2 Jewish: Americanized form of some like-sounding Ashkenazic Jewish surname.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Margaret Sinclair in household of Alexander Tait, "Scotland Census, 1881"
  • Margaret Tait in household of Alexander Tait, "Scotland Census, 1901"
  • Margaret Sinclair in entry for Robert Sinclair Tait, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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