By John L. Sinclair
Cited in England and Scotland as a reluctant aristocrat, John L. Sinclair (1902-1993) spent sixty years in New Mexico as a cowboy, museum curator, and author. Sinclair received off a teach in Clovis in 1923, observed saddle ponies and cowboys on the station, and knew that New Mexico was once where for him. He spent the remainder of the Nineteen Twenties cowboying round Roswell and within the Capitan Mountains, relocating to Santa Fe within the Thirties after he offered his first article to New Mexico journal. For ten money a month he rented a home on Canyon street, the place he hobnobbed with artists and writers. After a stint as superintendent of the Coronado country Monument close to Albuquerque, he and his spouse spent the remainder of their days within reach in a stone cabin with a view of the mountains. This memoir, written whilst the writer was once 90, captures his lonely adolescence and his savour the open areas and society of latest Mexico with striking readability. even supposing Sinclair loved residing like a hermit, he used to be a sociable one who enjoyed to inform stories. His tale is a brilliant literary legacy. somebody with a yen for the West within the reliable outdated days will delight in it.
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I first met John about 1950 at the Coronado State Monument near Bernalillo, where he was serving as its curator. He was a big-boned Scot wearing a large, old Stetson, turquoise bolo, denim jacket, and, of course, cowboy boots. His smile was inviting, his grip firm. We hit it off immediately, having much in common. Both of us had been born in the same year, 1902. Both held salaried jobs, myself at Los Alamos, and were writing meanwhile. He took me to have a cup of coffee and to meet his wife, Evelyn, at their small house adjoining the museum.
The clan descended from Norman knights who had come to Scotland in the Middle Ages. By the sixteenth century, they had reached the height of their power in Caithness, on the extreme northeastern tip of the Scottish mainland, and our family descended directly from the chief of the clan. The Sinclairs had a turbulent history from the beginning of their time in Scotland. There were many bloody clan battles and border feuds, the last one fought in 1680. Then, during the Battle of Culloden, which marked the end of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, the clan fought alongside the Highlanders to try to restore the Scottish pretender, Charles Edward Stuart, to the throne.
Later, I became his literary agent, then the publisher of his last novel, The Night the Bear Came off the Mountain (The Rydal Press, 1991), and ultimately, and sadly, the executor for his wife's estate and his. I hadn't known John long or read or listened to many of his stories before I knew I wanted to know him better and to hear and read more of his stories. I especially wondered about his own life story and knew others did too. So in 1988 we conceived a plan. John would tell his story aloud.
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