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marie duchess de pomar countess of caithness

marie duchess de pomar countess of caithness
Holyrood Abbey and Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Marie Duchess of Pomar countess of Caithness, widow of James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness, born 28 January 1830. died in Paris 3 November 1894."

Marie de Mariategui, was born in Madrid in 1830 to Senor Don Jose de Mariategui and a daughter of the Earl of Northumberland.
she was firstly married to General Conde Medina Pomar and lived mostly on his plantation in Cuba until 1868 when he died. leaving her with a considerable fortune.
6 March 1872 she married James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness at Windsor Street, Edinburgh.
She died 3 November 1895 at 124 Avenue de Wagram, Paris, and was buried in Holyrood on the 26 November 1895.

In 1879 Pope Leo XIII gave her the title of Duchess of Pomar.
For many years she divided her time between Nice, New York and Paris.
She had a deep conviction for Christian Spirituality and followed the teachings of Florence Cook and Allan Kardec. In 1876 she joined the Theosophical Society of Madame Blavatsky, and influenced the creation of other branches of the society.
1890 she participated in the creation of the French branch pf the Society for Physical Research with Charles Richet.
She also claimed that whilst staying at Caithness Castle she was visited in a dream by Mary Queen of Scots who told her to go immediately to Holyrood chapel. In the middle of the night she did this accompanied by one servant and claimed that there she met and talked with the dead Queen who kissed her on the forehead, confirmed she had a guardian angel, and that the rest of her life should be devoted to religion.
She wrote many books on Christian Spirituality and was involved in the Tiranti Palace in Nice, a popular venue for occultists and spiritualists.