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Alexander Lindsay of Glenesk

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Crawford, Clydesdale, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: October 1381 (48-56)
Candia, Crete (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, 9th Lord of Crawford, 1st Earl of Crawford; Eupheme Lindsay of Glenesk; Baron Alexander Lindsay of glenesk; Christine Lindsay; Elizabeth Lindsay and 1 other
Brother of Philip de Lindsey; John Lindsay; Beatrix Lindsay; Sir James de Lindsay of Crawford; Sir William Lindsay of the Byres, Kt. and 7 others
Half brother of Sir George Leslie, 1st Baron of Balquhain; Walter Leslie, Seventh Earl of Ross; 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, LVVW-D4L
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About Alexander Lindsay of Glenesk

Sir Alexander de Lindsay, of Glenesk, Angus; succeeded his mother in her 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]


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.


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.


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


Alexander Lindsay of Glenesk From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sir Alexander Lindsay of Glenesk (died 1381) was a Scottish knight banneret. Active in jousting and as a crusader he was in favour with the Scottish kings David II and Robert II.[1]

Contents 1 Biography 2 Family 3 Notes 4 References 5 Further reading Biography Lindsay was the second surviving son to Sir David de Lindsay of Crawford and the Byres,[2][1] and Mary Abernethy, widow of Andre de Leschelyn (Leslie), and a daughter and co-heiress of Alexander de Abernethy.[3] Lindsay's father had been Constable of Edinburgh Castle and Berwick and active during the Wars of Independence.[3]

Lindsay was esquire to his cousin Thomas Stewart, 2nd Earl of Angus.[1][4] Lindsay inherited his mother's lands in Angus, and also aquted some of the baronies alloted to his aunt Marget Aberhethy, Countess of Angus.[5] Upon his marriage to Catherine Stirling around 1358, he consolidated his already large maternal inheritance, with that of his wife, which would add to the extensive landholdings of the Earldom of Crawford in north-east Scotland and elsewhere.[5]

Lindsay was knighted before 1368,[citation needed] He was party to a truce with England as "Chevalier et Baron" in 1369. He sealed with his nephew the settlements of the Crown (1371–1373) and was Justiciary in the North possibly as early of 1371 but definitely by 1373.[1][5]

He had many safe-conducts from the English kings Edward III and Richard II, and on December 1381, he obtained a passport to travel through England on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He died on Crete some time before March 1382.[1][5]

Family Lindsay married Catherine Stirling (died by 1378), widow of Andrew Leslie of that Ilk and daughter to John Stirling of Glenesk.[1][a] They had children:

David Lindsay, 1st Earl of Crawford.[5] Sir Alexander Lindsay of Baltrody. He fought in a tournament with Ralph de Nevill 1391, a warrant to this effect being granted by King Richard II 20 June 1391. He had a pension from Crail, the entries in the Exchequer Rolls proving that he died between 1397 and 1398. He probably died childless.[5] unnamed daughter, who married David Stewart, Earl of Strathearn[6] Lindsay married secondly to Marjorie,[1] daughter to Sir John Stewart of Ralston, and niece to Robert II of Scotland.[6] They had children:

Sir William Lindsay of Rossie, known as one of those responsible for the death of David, Duke of Rothesay. He was tutor to David, younger son of the Earl of Crawford in 1407, executor to the Earl, had charter of lands in Ballenbreich from Earl Alexander in 1423. He married Matilda Stewart (died 1485). He died between 1435 and 1437.[6] Sir Walter Lindsay of Kinneff who was killed at the battle of Verneuil (1424). Katherine his widow marred Walter Dempster. Sir Walter had a son also Walter [7] Euphemia Lindsay who was engaged to David Duke of Rothesay, but the marriage did not take place.[8] Lindsay also had an illegitimate son Jon who was living in 1378. He also had a son James, Rector of St. Brioc, Canon and Treasurer of Aberdeen. He had dispensation for illegitimacy on taking Holy Orders, but as Sir Alexander Lindsay and his second wife must have been cousins James may have been their son.[8]

Notes Jump up ^ or John Stirling of Edzell (Paul 1906, p. 13) ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g Cameron 2004. Jump up ^ Paul 1906, p. 11. ^ Jump up to: a b Paul 1906, p. 10. Jump up ^ Paul 1906, pp. 12–13. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f Paul 1906, p. 13. ^ Jump up to: a b c Paul 1906, p. 14. Jump up ^ Paul 1906, p. 14–15. ^ Jump up to: a b Paul 1906, p. 15. References[edit] Cameron, Sonja (2004), "Lindsay family of Barnweill, Crawford, and Glenesk (per. c.1250–c.1400)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.), Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/54260 (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Paul, Sir James Balfour (1906), Scots Peerage, volume III (IX volumes ed.), Edinburgh: David Douglas, pp. 11–12

Further reading Wikisource has the text of the 1885–1900 Dictionary of National Biography's article about Lindsay, James. Carwford, Alexander Lindsay (1858), Lives of the Lindsays; or, A memoir of the houses of Crawford and Balcarres 1 (IV volumes ed.), London, p. 53

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Crawford, Clydesdale, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Age 27
Age 30
Glenesk, Angusshire, Scotland
Age 31
Glenesk, Angusshire, , Scotland
Age 31
Age 33
Tannadice, Angus, United Kingdom
October 1381
Age 52
Candia, Crete
Age 52