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  • Abigail Lindsay (1762 - 1789)
  • Sir Alexander Lindsay of Crawford (1267 - c.1308)
    Sir Alexander Lindsay married (Miss) Stewart, daughter of Alexander Stewart, 4th Great Steward and Jean MacSorley. Sir Alexander Lindsay was born in 1267 at of Crawford, Scotland. He died after 1308. ...
  • Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812 - 1880)
    Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford, 8th Earl of Balcarres (16 October 1812 – 13 December 1880), styled Lord Lindsay between 1825 and 1869, was a Scottish peer, art historian and ...
  • Alexander Lindsay, 1st Earl of Balcarres (1618 - 1659)
    From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Alexander Lindsay, 1st Earl of Balcarres Alexander Lindsay, 1st Earl of Balcarres [1] M, #20447, b. 6 July 1618, d. 30 August 1659 Last Edited=19 Feb 2...
  • Alexander Lindsay (deceased)

About the Lindsay surname

"From an English and Scottish surname which was originally derived from a place name in Lincolnshire meaning "island of Lincoln" in Old English." Source: []

"The name Lindsay is a common English and Scottish name, meaning "linden tree by the sea." Another source states that it is derived from a Scottish surname derived from an Old English place name meaning "Lincoln's wetland." Source: []

"The Lindsay family originally lived in the parish of Lindsay in the northern English county of Northumberland. Baldric de Lindsay held estates in both Normandy and in Lincolnshire, England. He was a tenant of English estates for the Earl of Chester. Spelling variations of this family name include Lindsay, Lyndsay, Lyndsey, Lindesey and many more." Source: []

"Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were french and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in." Source: []

Clan Lindsay is a Lowland Scottish clan

"There is currently no known proven path pertaining to the origin of the Clan Lindsay. However, several possible theories have been advanced over the years. First is the theory proposed in 1769 by biographer/historian, Richard Rolt, in which he claimed that the Lindsays were of Anglo-Saxon descent. In his “Lives of the Lindsays”, first published in 1840, the 25th Earl of Crawford discounted Rolt's Anglo-Saxon descent theory and stated that the Lindsays were "distinctly" of Norman descent. Then in 1985/1990, British historian, Beryl Platts established, via an analysis of heraldic devices, the Lindsays were of Flemish descent. Much work is yet to be done before the origin of the Lindsays can be stated as proven without any doubt." Source: []

See also

The Lindsay International Web Site []

Lindsay One-Name Study []

History of the Lindsay Clan []

Clan Lindsay []

Baldric de Lindsay [Baldric De de Lindsey]

Scots Connection []