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Sir John Sinclair, 1st Baronet was born on 10 May 1754 at Thurso Castle to George Sinclair of Ulbster.
He studied at the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow and Trinity College, Oxford before he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates Scotland and then was admitted to the English bar, although he never practised.
In 1780 he was made a Baronet and was called to the British House of Commons for his Caithness constituency, sitting until 1811.
He established the Edinburgh Society for the Improvement of British wool and was instrumental in the creation of the Board of Agriculture.
1791-9 he supervised the completion of the Statistical Account of Scotland.
He was also a member of the Royal Society of London and Edinburgh, Antiquarian Society of Scotland and the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.
He was also responsible for first recording the details of the archaeological monuments in Scotland, including Catto Long Barrow in Aberdenshire.

He married twice. Firstly, Lady Catherine Camilla Tollemache, daughter of William Talmash, Lord Huntingtower.
Secondly, he married Diana, daughter of Lord Macdonald with whom he had 13 children.

He died 11 December 1835

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