Catherine Sinclair

Standard Name: Sinclair, Catherine
CS was perhaps best known during her lifetime as a prominent Edinburgh philanthropist, but as a writer she is best remembered for her Evangelical fiction aimed at young people or children, such as Modern Accomplishments (1836), Modern Society (1837), and Holiday House: A Series of Tales (1839). She also wrote three books based on her travels around Great Britain, as well as several advice or conduct books with a strong Protestant emphasis. Although many of her texts have heavy anti-Catholic themes, CS is ultimately remembered for didactic texts that still appeal to the child's imagination.


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Education Anne Ridler
Her education began with her mother and a governess. At six she began attending a class run by the sister of another Rugby master. Later came visits to a piano teacher, and at home a...
Education Lucy Walford
Typically for her class, the young Lucy Colquhoun was placed in the care of a nurse, whom she referred to as Mistress Aitken. She was educated at home by two German governesses, Fräulein Emma Lindemann
Family and Intimate relationships Lucy Walford
Janet, Lady Colquhoun (née Sinclair), kept a diary for forty years. After her health began to decline, she became the author of five published evangelical texts, from the first, Despair and Hope (1822, anonymous and...
Family and Intimate relationships Lucy Walford
Catherine Sinclair , a children's writer and novelist, was LW 's great-aunt (the younger sister, by a second marriage, of her maternal grandmother). LW praised Sinclair's work in Recollections of a Scottish Novelist: Catherine...
Intertextuality and Influence Lucy Walford
In Recollections of a Scottish Novelist, LW records her early love of literature. The books she read as a child, especially at the age of seven—including Charlotte Yonge 's The Little Duke, works...


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Sinclair, Catherine. Beatrice; or, The Unknown Relatives. R. Bentley, 1852.
Sinclair, Catherine. Charlie Seymour. Robert Carter, 1847.
Sinclair, Catherine. Hill and Valley. William Whyte and Co., 1838.
Sinclair, Catherine. Holiday House. Whyte; Carter, 1839.
Sinclair, Catherine. Holiday House: A Series of Tales. James Wood; Houlston & Wright, and Greenwood & Co.; D. Bryce, 1865.
Sinclair, Catherine. Jane Bouverie. W. Whyte, 1846.
Sinclair, Catherine. London Homes. Richard Bentley, 1853.
Sinclair, Catherine. Memoir of Sir John Sinclair. William and Roberts Chambers, 1853.
Sinclair, Catherine. Modern Accomplishments. Waugh and Innes, 1836.
Sinclair, Catherine. Modern Accomplishments. W. Whyte and co, 1837.
Sinclair, Catherine. Modern Flirtations. Stringer and Townsend, 1841.
Sinclair, Catherine. Modern Flirtations. W. Whyte, 1841.
Sinclair, Catherine. Modern Society. William Whyte & Co.; James Nisbet & Co., 1837.
Sinclair, Catherine. Popish Legends, or, Bible Truths. Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1852, http://
Sinclair, Catherine. Scotland and the Scotch. D. Appleton & Co., 1840.
Sinclair, Catherine. Shetland and the Shetlanders. D. Appleton and Co., 1840.
Sinclair, Catherine. The Journey of Life. Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1847, http://
Sinclair, Catherine. “The Murder Hole: An Ancient Legend”. Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Vol.
, William Blackwood, pp. 189-92.