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Archibald Sinclair
Archibald Sinclair was born 27th May 1850 the son
of Archibald Sinclair founder of the Celtic Press in
Glasgow. In 1862, aged 12 he attended the inaugural
meeting of the Glasgow Islay Association with his father
who was its founding President. He would later follow
in his fathers footsteps and become President of the
Association which exists for the purpose of gathering
and preserving the traditions, folk tales and poetry of
Islay, and to bring together natives of the island who
were resident in Glasgow and also to provide relief and
assistance to the less fortunate.
He took over his father’s role as head of the Celtic
Press and continued to print and publish Gaelic books
and to translate from English into Gaelic. He would
become well-known for his anthology of Gaelic poetry
called ‘An t-Òranaiche’ (the Gaelic Songster) published
in 1876. In later years the Sinclair Memorial Fund was
set up with the aim of purchasing Gaelic literature to
encourage the studying of Gaelic in Islay schools. The
Directors offered to refund the fees of students of
Islay descent who did well with their Gaelic studies at
Glasgow High School Continuation Classes.

In 1925, the Glasgow Islay Association erected a
monument to his memory at the family resting place
in the Southern Necropolis. The inscription is in both
English and Gaelic (which is on the reverse). The
impressive broken Celtic cross belonging to it lies in
pieces nearby.
(Southern Necropolis)