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Alexander Lindsay of Glenesk

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Birthplace: Crawford, Clydesdale, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Candia, Crete
Cause of death: on pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir David Lindsay of Crawford and Mary Abernethy
Husband of Catherine Stirling, of Glenesk and Marjory Stewart, of Ralston
Father of David Lindsay, of Glenesk, 1st Earl of Crawford; Eupheme Lindsay of Glenesk and William Lindsay
Brother of Philip de Lindsey; Beatrix de Lindsay; Sir James de Lindsay of Crawford; David de Lindsay; Sir William Lindsay of the Byres and 6 others
Half brother of Walter Leslie, Seventh Earl of Ross; George de Leslie, 1st Baron of Balquhain; Andrew de Leslie, 7th Dominus Ejusdem; Norman Leslie and James Leslie

Occupation: In 1308 he sat in Parliament Scotland, Earl of Crawford, Lord of Crawford, Parliament, Justiciar of Scotland/Scotland
Managed by: Hannelore Caulk Scheu
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About Alexander Lindsay of Glenesk

Sir Alexander de Lindsay, of Glenesk, Angus; succeeded his mother inher share of the Abernethy lands, Esquire to the Earl of Angus, knighted on 1368, Justiciary 1378; married 1st 1358 Catherine, daughter of Sir John Stirling of Edzell and heiress of Glenesk; married 2nd Marjory, niece of Robert III, m and died 1381 at Candia, Cyprus, on his way to the Holy Land. [Burke's Peerage]

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About the middle of the fourteenth century the male line of the Stirlings of Glenesk failed in two co-heiresses. One of these ladies,Catherine Stirling, was married to Sir Alexander Lindsay, third son of Sir David of Crawford, and she was the mother of the first Earl of Crawford. The other daughter was married to Robert de Atholia, grandson of Angus - Lord of the Isles. He succeeded to the Invernessand Moray portion of the Stirling estates; Sir Alexander Lindsay inherited the Angus section of them, and they formed a noble domain. Catherine Stirling died some time before 1378, as Sir Alexander Lindsay had married his second wife, Marjory Stuart, cousin to Robert, Duke of Albany, prior to that date.

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Local tradition says Catherine Stirling had a deformed brother knownby the sobriquet of ‘Jackie Stirlin,' who was heir to the property. Hewas to marry the daughter of a neighbouring baron, but this union didnot approve itself to Sir Alexander and his lady. Remonstrance provingof no avail, the laird was despatched at a place a little to the northof the Castle, and the body was buried in the family vault. The crimeembittered the latter days of the Lord of Edzell, and he madeatonement for the murderous deed of his youth by large gifts to theChurch. He rebuilt the Church of Finhaven, and gifted it to theCathedral of Brechin, then went on a pilgrimage to Palestine.

The prebendary had a stall in the choir of Brechin, and said massdaily for his safe conduct. Gifts to the Church and penance have everbeen Rome's panacea for crimes, even of the blackest dye. We are toldof a better way. The blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin."

Sir Alexander Lindsay profited little by his pilgrimage and the dailymasses for his soul. They did not stay the hand of the avenging angel,he having struck the penitent down long before he reached the Holy Land.

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Sources

  1. Balfour Paul, Sir James, Scots Peerage, vol i pp 14-15

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Alexander Lindsay of Glenesk's Timeline

1290
1290
Of, Crawford, Lanarkshire, Scotland
1329
1329
Crawford, Clydesdale, Lanarkshire, Scotland
1358
1358
Age 29
Glenesk, Angusshire, Scotland
1360
1360
Age 31
1360
Age 31
Glenesk, Angusshire, Scotland
1360
Age 31
Glenesk, Angusshire, , Scotland
1381
October 1381
Age 52
Candia, Crete
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Crawford, Lanarkshire, Scotland
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