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 Name||Duncan Sinclair|
|Maiden name / other names|
|Birth date||1887||Birth place: Inverchaolain, Cowal, Argyll|
|Death date||17th May 1952||Death place: Campbeltown|
|Father’s full name||Duncan Sinclair b 1835 Inverary, Argyll|
|Mother’s full name|
(maiden name in brackets)
|Euphemia Sinclair (Lyle) b 1856 Islay m 1882 Inverchaolain, Cowal, Argyll|
|Places of residence|
|Relationship with Picture House / Rex Cinema||Picture House Manager for 19 years|
|External source references (e.g. census, BMD, valuation rolls, probate index, wills, parish records etc.) include ref. numbers|
|Researcher||Norman Mowatt||Creation Date: 19th July 2017|