First posted 10th April 2011
Thanks to Alastair Scouller for helping to solve this mystery. There is only one Sonish Sinclair in all of the Scotland’s People website, and she is the niece of Elizabeth and Janet Sinclair, who owned no 2 Dalrymple Crescent. She was staying with her aunts, in Stirling, at the time of the 1881 census. Alastair suggested that Sonish might be an anglisation of the Gaelic ‘Seonaid’ (pronounced ‘shaw-nitch’), which is the Gaelic equivalent of Janet. The sisters certainly had a niece called Janet, of the right age, so it is quite possible that the younger Janet was called by her Gaelic name, to distinguish her from her aunt.