Monday, July 31, 2006

Lord Pentland

I'm not one for prowling around graveyards but I was in the beautiful Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh on the weekend and noticed that the final resting place of John Sinclair (1st Lord Pentland) had been tidied up by the yard's caretaker. Sinclair was Secretary for Scotland from 1905-12 and I first tracked down his grave when I was researching his career earlier this year. Then it was quite overgrown and difficult to make out the inscription on the stone, but now it is quite clear. 'Secretary for Scotland' is proudly emblazoned, as is his later spell as Governor of Madras.

Noel Skelton, who was under-secretary of state for Scotland from 1931-35 also has a memorial stone in the Dean Cemetery.


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