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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

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."

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.