WILLIAM , the 3rd
See also:earl of his
See also:line, whose earldom of
See also:Orkney was a
See also:Norwegian dignity, was made chancellor of Scotland in 1454 and
See also:Lord Sinclair and earl of
See also:Caithness in 1455 . He took some
See also:part in public affairs in Scotland, and when in 1470 the Orkney Islands were ceded by Norway to
See also:James III. he resigned all his rights therein to his
See also:sovereign and was known merely as earl of Caithness . His eldest son, William, having offended his
See also:father by his wasteful habits, the earl settled his earldom on his eldest son by another
See also:marriage, also called William, who was killed at
See also:Flodden in 1513 . The elder William, however, inherited the title of Lord Sinclair, and the
See also:family was thus split into two
See also:main branches .
See also:John, the 3rd earl, was killed in 1529 while attempting to seize the Orkney Islands .
LEON ADOLPHE WILLETTE (1857– )
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