Notes from FileMaker

The actual document shows that it is another example of  “neglected registrations”.

Madlina’s father Sir John Gordon Sinclair married Anne de Courcy in 1812. Naval officers recieved one months leave every two years. thise leaves were regarded as repeat honeymoons by their wives and more often than not, resulted in the conception of a child.

Therfore it could be expected that Sir John’s children would have been born in 1811/12, 1813/14, 1815/16 1817/1818. The union was prouctive so the gap from marriage in 1812 to a first birth in 1815 is difficult to understand. 

The birth certificate, produced in 1833, 20 years later shows a totally different pattern: –

Haddington 20th June 1855.

1 Sinclair, Sir John, Baronet of Stevenson and Lady Anne De Courcy had a son born 22 June 1815 named George Gordon, who died 7th January 1816. 

2  A daughter born 15th december  at Stevenson and baptised 30th of December mamed Anne 1816

witnessed by the Marquess of Tweedale and Robert Hey in ??

3   A daughter  born at Stevenson 5th November and baptised  8th of December 1817 named Madelina.

witnessed by the Marquess of Tweedale and Robert Hey in ??

The notes  are interesting indicating that in an earlier record Madelena’s birth was in 1815 not 1817, but according to this record, this could not be true as George Gordonwas born december 1715)

4   A daughter  born at Stevenson 5th November and baptised  17th of May1819 named Georgiana

5  A son  born at Buckland Abbey 25th August 1820 named Robert Charles.

6 A daughter  born at Tours in France 4th August 1822 named Mary.

7 A son  born at Tours in France  26th december 1823 named John Michael.

8  A daughter  born at Stevenson  25th February 1831 named Emily

9  A daughter  born at Stevenson  8th september 1832 named Susan Hay


The birth certificate  is to put it mildly suspicious.

Though there is now no possibility of asking penetrating questions of key witnesses.

Here are some questions which could perhaps have been asked.

What exactly were the “previous records’? If they still existed, why was a new registration required.

The choice of the Marquess of Tweedale as a  witness is interesting. Was he chosen because he was such an eminent person his word would never be questioned?

Why did he witness only two of the births? They were oviously all entered at the same time? In any case what is the significance of witnessing a birth which occured twenty years previously? 

Madelina Sinclair inherited the Stevenson estates (but not the Baronetcy) in 1890. after her death the estate was broken up and sold off.

If Robert Sinclair Milne  was her son there is a chance that in Scottish law his family were the rightful inheritors of the Stevenson Estate.

In truth a claim would have been unlikely to succeed as, one way or another, Robert sinclair Milne would have been found to be illigitimate.


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Extract from The Prisoner of Foix--Chapter 43 -The EntranceNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley-26th April 1355


'Looks like we are going to see a bit of excitement, John. The Captain tried to get an agreement from the Prince that if there is surf running across the channel to Arcachon we will turn back to Bordeaux, but the Prince would hear none of it. Instead, he has offered to provide insurance for all three ships. If they are damaged or sunk, the owners will be compensated and every sailor who makes the passage will be given a bounty payment. What none of this seems to take into account is that if we sink in rough, fast-flowing waters we might all drown.'

John raised his eyebrows. 'But that is what we are going to do?'

'Yes, despite the fact that surf running accross the entrance is not uncommon and the deep water channel moves continually. In the end, the Prince attacked their captains on their weakest point, their professional pride! He threw down the gauntlet. He offered to take the Sally first through the channel, and to take control during the passage.' He raised his brow. 'We are going into the Bay of Arcachon, come what may! '

Extract from The Eagle of Carcassone -- Chapter 24-- A Real GoddessNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley - 22 July 1355

An hour later John walked with Ximene close to the river along the valley below St Feriole. It was the very essence of a summer’s day. The sun was fierce but in the shadow of the trees, it was cool and fragrant. The trees and shrubs along the riverbank hid their progress, from the Château, from St Feriole.

Eventually they reached a point where John thought it was safe to emerge from cover. To his satisfaction the stream extended into a pool with a sandy beach, shaded by trees. Where the stream entered the pool there was a flat grassy area, almost circular. Behind this, the bulk of two mountain ridges provided a splendid backdrop. He looked around once more ‘Not just a good training ground but a great training ground. If the Greek heroes knew about this they might be tempted to join me, to train with me’

Ximene laughed out loud. He turned to look at her. She had removed her outer clothes and was wearing a white chemise, cut short so that it barely reached her knees. Around her waist, she wore a plaited leather belt, obviously fashioned from the multitude of leather straps to be found in the tackle room.

She ran her hands down over her breasts. ‘When you were unconscious I heard you muttering about gods and goddesses, so  I have decided that from now on, for you, I will be the goddess.’

The Prisoner of FoixVol 1 of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

Aquitaine, an English possession, is in crisis. It is under threat from neighbouring nations and internal dissension.

The Black Prince, King Edward III’s eldest son has been given the task of taking command in Aquitaine.

Suddenly there is an opportunity. Ximene Trencavel is the heiress to the lands of Occitan, to the east of Aquitaine: lands controlled by the Franks. Ximene wants independence, both for herself and for Occitan.

A union between Aquitaine and Occitan would be mutually beneficial. The Black Prince undertakes a secret journey to meet Ximene to negotiate a marriage contract. It is, however, a marriage neither of them really wants.

Meanwhile, the  Franks plot to murder Ximene to prevent ,not just the marriage, but any kind of union between England and Occitan.

The Eagle Of CarcassonneVol II of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

The loose alliance between Ximene Trencavel and the Black Prince is under threat.

The Prince invades Occitan, to show his support for Ximene but it becomes an invasion which creates more problems than it solves.

The Prince has fallen hopelessly in love with Joan of Kent and Joan is now determined to marry him and become the next Queen of England.

Joan is therefore  determined to convince Ximene that she should not marry the Prince.

Part of her strategy is to encourage Ximene’s relationship with John Stanley—one of the Princes bodyguards—not an easy task as both John and Ximene have doubts about their compatibility.

However, John is grievously injured in a battle and Ximene commits herself to nurse him back to health.