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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Alexander McLeod Sinclair, K.C.


Alexander Macleod Sinclair is accorded a position of distinction in the ranks of Calgary's legal fraternity and his life record is proof of the fact that success is not a. matter of fortunate circumstances nor of genius, as is held by some, but is the outcome of clear judgment, experience, careful preparation for the work in hand and the ability to separate the nonessential from the important elements of a case. He was born at Taynuilt, Argyleshire, Scotland, June 24, 1880, a son of Robert and Jane (Macleod) Sinclair, who were also natives of that country. The father was a successful contractor, devoting his life to that business. His death occurred in November, 1905, while the mother passed away in October,

After his graduation from the Oban high school, Alexander Macleod Sinclair was articled to A. S. Black, a solicitor, and later completed a course in law at Edinburgh University. He was called to the bar in April, 1905, and practiced at Bathgate, Scotland, from November of that year until October, 1913, when he decided to avail himself of the opportunities presented in a new and rapidly developing country. Making his way to western Canada, he first located at Edmonton, Alberta, and became junior member of the firm of Hawie & Sinclair, with which he was connected until April, 1916. He then removed to Calgary and joined the firm of Lougheed, Bennett, McLaws & Company, with which he was associated until its dissolution on the 31st of July, 1922, when the present firm of Loughheed, MeLaws, Sinclair & Redman was formed. In February, 1918, Mr. Sinclair was appointed King's Counsel and he is recognized as an astute barrister, whose knowledge of the law is comprehensive and exact.

On September 22, 1906, Mr. Sinclair was married to Miss Edith May Pringle, a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Towler) Pringle, natives of Scotland. Both have passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair have two children: Elspeth Macleod, born June 28, 1907; and Sheila Macleod, whose birth occurred on the 28th of December, 1911. Mr. Sinclair is a Conservative in his political views and his religious faith is in accord with the doctrines of the Presbyterian church, with which he is affiliated. His interest in the welfare and advancement of this city has prompted him to become a member of the Board of Trade, and the nature of his diversion is indicated by his connection with the Calgary Golf & Country Club. Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order, being a charter member of Patricia Lodge of Edmonton, and a past master of Grand Lodge, No. 13, of Scotland. His professional colleagues unite in bearing testimony as to his breadth of mind and legal acumen and during the period of his residence in Calgary he has won many friends by reason of his high principles and fine personal qualities.


 


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