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Correspondence including draft replies, also estate papers, 1778-1835.

Sinclair of Ulbster papers, NRA 10552. The Scottish Record

Office has a microfilm of parts of the Sinclair of Ulbster papers.

Mrs Rosalind Mitchison, Dept. of Economic History, Edinburgh University , has transcripts of some other parts.

Papers on the West Indies, 1815-1824.

Bodleian, MS. Clar. Dep. c376.

A group of letters to various correspondents, 1789-1811. NLS, MS. 641.

Some juvenile poems, begun in 1770. NLS, MS. 2253.

A small group of letters, some connected with his work at the Board of Agriculture, 1791-1807. Reading UL

The letter books of the Board of Agriculture, 1793-1798, include many letters sent out in Sinclair's name. Royal Agricultural Society of England, Kenilworth.  


WILLIAM ADAM, about ten letters, 1794-1819. Adam papers, NRA 9954.

SIR JOSEPH BANKS, 13 letters, 1785-1814. BL Add. MSS. 33978-33982.

SIR JOSEPH BANKS, 13 letters, 1789-1809. Banks papers, California State Library, Sutro Branch.

HENRY PETER BROUGHAM, 1 st Baron Brougham and Vaux, 18 letters, 1825-1835. Brougham papers, UCL

GEORGE CANNING, several letters, 1822-1827. Canning papers, Leeds City Library, Archives Dept.

THOMAS CHALMERS, eight letters, 1832. Chalmers papers, New College, Edinburgh.

ROBERT DOUGLAS, nine letters, 1795-1797. NLS, MSS. 3116-3117.

HENRY DUNDAS, 1st Viscount Melville, and Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount, six letters, 1793-1828. NLS, MS. 9370.

HENRY DUNDAS, and ROBERT DUNDAS, 22 letters, 1784-1825. Melville Castle Muniments, Scottish RO

JOHN FOSTER, 1 st Baron Oriel, 30 items, 1807-1823. Foster/ Massereene papers, PRONI

ROBERT FULKE GREVILLE, five letters, 1794-1808. BL Add. MS. 42072.

CHARLES GREY , 2nd Earl Grey, four letters, 1806-1833. Grey of Howick papers, Durham DP

WARREN HASTINGS, 11 items, 1790-1810. BL Add. MS. 29172.

JOHN JAY, c. 20 items, 1794-1816. Jay papers, Columbia UL, New York.

CHARLES JENKINSON, 1st Earl of Liverpool, 19 items, 1781-1800. BL Add. MSS. 38219-38421.

ROBERT BANKS JENKINSON, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, 27 items, 1807-1823. BL Add. MSS. 38243-38572.

SIR ROBERT MURRAY KEITH, four letters, 1786-1787. BL Add. MSS. 35537-35538.

SIR ROBERT LISTON, 21 letters, 1821-1830. NLS, MS. 5665.

SIR ROBERT PEEL, 36 letters, 1816-1834. BL Add. MSS. 40261–40407.

WILLIAM PITT the Younger, 50 letters, n.d. Chatham papers, PRO

DAVID RICARDO, two letters, 1814. Ricardo papers, Cambridge UL, MS. 7510.

ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS, ten letters, 1794-1819. Royal Society of Arts Library, London.

SIR WALTER SCOTT, nine letters, 1809-1831. NLS, MS. 3878 et seq.

GRIM JONSSON THORKELlN, 18 letters, 1786-1824. Edinburgh UL

SAMUEL WHITBREAD, nine letters, 1810-1813. Whitbread papers, Bedfordshire RO

SIR ROBERT JOHN WILMOT-HORTON, two letters, 1827. Catton collection, Derby Borough Library.

PHILIP YORKE, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke, 18 letters, 1794-1820.

BL Add. MSS. 33642-35735,

ARTHUR YOUNG, c. 50 items, 1787-1816.

BL Add. MSS. 33126-33133.

Printed Material

The Correspondence of Sir John Sinclair , 2 vols. ( Edinburgh, 1831).

ROSALIND MITCHISON, Agricultural Sir John ( London, 1962).

JOHN SINCLAIR, Memoirs of the Life of Sir John Sinclair ( Edinburgh, 1837).

Palgrave III 402; ODNB; ESS XVI 62.

Portraits: BL (P); NPG; see Mitchison (above).