10 Dec

Duncan Sinclair

Archive, Norman Mowatt, People of the Picture House

Duncan Sinclair was born in Inverchaolain, Cowal in 1877 and was educated at Dunoon Grammar School. He was apprenticed to a bank on leaving school and soon joined the volunteers of the 8th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders which was to become his lifelong interest. He served with the battalion in France in WW1 with distinction becoming Company Quarter Master sergeant. After the war, he was demobilized but was recalled to become an instructor on permanent staff which was when he moved to Campbeltown to work with Company “B” Territorials in Kintyre.

In addition to being the manager of the Picture House for 19 years, Duncan Sinclair also held a range of other posts. Fuel overseer for Kintyre in WW2, Factor and secretary of the Campbeltown Building Society, Special Constable, and Agent for L.M.S. steamers. He also served as secretary of the Kintyre Agricultural Society, secretary of the Kintyre Heavy Horse Breeding Association, and as a member of the committee of the Victoria Hall.

Duncan Sinclair passed away in 1952 and was survived by his wife Elizabeth and daughter Jean.

Norman Mowatt July 2017

Biography File: People of Campbeltown Picture House
Full NameDuncan Sinclair
Maiden name / other names
Birth date1887Birth place: Inverchaolain, Cowal, Argyll
Death date          17th May 1952Death place: Campbeltown
Father’s full nameDuncan Sinclair b 1835 Inverary, Argyll
Mother’s full name
(maiden name in brackets)
Euphemia Sinclair (Lyle) b 1856 Islay m 1882 Inverchaolain, Cowal, Argyll
  • Elizabeth Ross Cuthbertson b 1891 m 1920 (Kirkmabreck) d 1977 (Newington)
  • Jean Sinclair b 1924 Campbeltown m James Peter Storrier 1944 Campbeltown
Places of residence
  • Inverchaolain
  • Campbeltown
Occupation history
  • Apprentice Messrs Stewart and Bennet of Dunoon (Bank)
  • C.Q.M.S. 8th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.
  • Instructor, “B” Company, Territorlas, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Campbeltown.
  • Factor and secretary of the Campbeltown Building Society.
  • Manager of the Picture House for 19 years.
  • Fuel Overseer for Kintyre (WW2)
  • Special Constable.
  • Agent for L.M.S. steamers.
  • Secretary of the Kintyre Agricultural Society
  • Secretary of the Kintyre Heavy Horse Breeding Association
Relationship with Picture House / Rex CinemaPicture House Manager for 19 years
External source references (e.g. census, BMD, valuation rolls, probate index, wills, parish records etc.) include ref. numbers
  • Kilkerran Cemetery Campbeltown, headstone photograph
  • Obituary, Campbeltown Courier 22nd May 1952
  • Death Notice, Campbeltown Courier 22nd May 1952
  • Scotland’s People births 1887 Ref 514/1 Inverchaolain
  • Scotland census returns 1891 to 1911
  • Scotland’s People marriages 1882 Ref 514/1 Inverchaolain
  • Scotland’s People marriages 1920 Ref 893/9 9 Kirkmabreack
  • Scotland’s People deaths 1977 Ref 746/841 Newington
  • Scotland’s People births 1924 Ref 507/103 Campbeltown
  • Scotland’s People marriages 1944 Ref 507/3232 Campbeltown
ResearcherNorman MowattCreation Date: 19th July 2017
James Durward Lyall December 10, 2017 George Roger December 10, 2017