b. = born

bap. = baptised

c. = christened

c/m = marriage contract

d. = died

d. vita patris = died in the father's lifetime

dsp(decessit sine prole) died without issue

m. = married

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Walter Lindsay, 1st of Beaufort and Edzell, was a younger son of David Lindsay, 3rd Earl of Crawford, and acquired the lands of Beaufort and Arde, in the sheriffdom of Inverness, on 7 November 1458, which had been resigned to him by Margaret de Fenton of Baky.[1] He served as Tutor to his nephew David, Earl of Crawford during his minority and m. Isabel Livingstone, (she survived him and m. secondly, by 12 July 1480, to William, 1st Lord Ruthven, when they had a charter on his resignation, for the barony of Ruthven[2]). He d. in 1476 and was father of :

  1. Sir David Lindsay, 2nd of Edzell, (see below).
  2. John Lindsay,
  3. Walter Lindsay,
  4. Ingelram Lindsay,
  5. Thomas Lindsay,
  6. Agnes Lindsay,

Sir David Lindsay, 2nd of Beaufort and Edzell, had succeeded his father by 13 March 1480 when he was witness to a charter by Thomas, Bishop of Dunkeld,[3] and had Sasine for the lands of Beaufort in 1494.[4] He m. firstly Catherine, daughter of Thomas Fotheringham of Powrie, and in relation to which his mother, Isobel Livingstone, spouse of William, Lord Ruthven, brought an action before the Lords Auditors on 27 June 1496, against Nicholas Fotheringham of Powrie, for the sum of 120 merks due by the marriage agreement and then outstanding.[5] He m. secondly, to Agnes Ogilvy, (she was widow of Alexander Straiton of Lauriston), and thirdly, to Elizabeth, daughter of John Spens of Wormiston, (she survived him and m. secondly, to John Anstruther of that Ilk). He d. in 1527 and was father of :

  1. Walter Lindsay, younger of Edzell, (see below).
  2. George Lindsay, is styled son of Sir David Lindsy of Edzell when witness to a charter by William, Lord Ruthven, granting the lands of Kinnaird to his son Sir William Ruthven of that Ilk, dated 8 November 1512.[6]
  3. Agnes Lindsay, m. George Moray, fiar of Abercairney, (he was k. vita patris at the battle of Flodden in September of 1513), and had issue.
  4. Margaret Lindsay, m. Robert Menzies of Weem, (he d. at Weem, on 12 August 1522[7]), and had issue.
  5. Janet Lindsay, is styled daughter to Sir David Lindsay of Edzell in a letter in favour of Thomas, Lord Fraser of Lovat, dated 27 June 1501.[8]
  6. Alexander Lindsay of Vane and Keithock, was a child by his father’s second marriage. He acquired the lands of Vayne from David, Earl of Crawford, on 1 April, 1550, in which he is styled his uncle.[9] He m. Elizabeth, daughter of Cardinal David Bethune, and had issue, (see Lindsay of Vane).

Walter Lindsay, younger of Edzell, was witness, with his father, to a charter by Andrew, Lord Gray, granting the lands of Woodtowns to John Wishart of Pittarow, and Janet Lindsay, his spouse, on 13 June 1507 and is then styled his eldest son and heir.[10] He was witness to a charter by John Erskine of Dun, granting the lands of Balgasky to George Stirling of Brekie and Margaret Dalgleish, his wife, on 23 April 1510,[11] and was k. during his father’s lifetime at the battle of Flodden on 9 September 1513. He was father of :

  1. David Lindsay, 3rd of Edzell & 9th Earl of Crawford, (see below).
  2. Alexander Lindsay of Haltoun, was included in the remainder of a charter for the lands and barony of Glenesk and others, dated 16 October 1541. He m. Rachel, daughter of Barclay of Mathers, and had issue, (see full version).
  3. John Lindsay, was included in the remainder of a charter for the lands and barony of Glenesk and others, dated 16 October 1541. He m. Catherine Strachan.
  4. Robert Lindsay of Kirkton of Fern, obtained these lands and m. Matilda Lovell.
  5. Katherine Lindsay, m. John Stirling of Culloden.

David Lindsay, 3rd of Edzell & 9th Earl of Crawford, who succeeded his cousin Alexander, Master of Crawford, in the honours of Crawford on his being found guilty of patricide although, with Royal consent, he re-conveyed the Earldom to this Alexander whom he brought up and educated. He also succeeded his grandfather, Sir David Lindsay, in the lands of Edzell and Glenesk on his death in 1527 and had a charter under the Great Seal for the lands and barony of Glenesk and numerous others, on 16 October 1541, with remainder to himself and his heirs male, which failing, to his brothers Alexander, John and Robert, and their heirs male respectively, which failing, by his uncle Alexander Lindsay.[16] He m. firstly by 12 June 1535, to Janet, daughter of Andrew, 3rd Lord Gray,[17] (she was widow of Alexander Blair of Balthayock, and of Thomas Fraser, 2nd Lord Lovat), and secondly in 1549, to Katherine, daughter of Sir John Campbell, 1st of Cawdor, (she was widow of James, Master of Ogilvy, who had been k. at the battle of Pinkie in September of 1547 and by whom she had issue), and d. on 10 September 1558. He was father of :

  1. Sir David Lindsay, 4th of Edzell, (see below).
  2. John Lindsay, 1st of Balcarres, b. in 1552, was appointed Rector of Memuir and was afterwards made a Lord of Session on 5 July 1581 and Secretary of State in 1596. He m. firstly, on 29 November 1581, to Marion, daughter of Alexander Guthrie, Burgess of Edinburgh,[18] (she was widow of David Borthwick of Lochill, King’s Advocate), and secondly on 7 February 1590, to Jean, daughter of Sir William Lauder of Hatton, (she was widow of Sir James Forrester of Corstorphine, and of John Campbell, 2nd of Cawdor), and d. on 3 September 1598 having had issue. (see Lindsay of Balcarres and Crawford).
  3. Robert Lindsay of Balhall, had a charter from Catherine Campbell, Countess of Crawford, his mother, for the lands of Ballhall on 7 December 1573[19] and m. firstly, Katherine, sister of William Fullarton of Ardo, by whom he had issue. He m. secondly, by 28 January 1589 to Elizabeth, daughter of Robert, 3rd Lord Sempill, (she was widow of Robert Graham of Knockdolean[20]), and had issue, (see full version).
  4. Sir Walter Lindsay of Kemphill and Balgavies, m. Margaret, daughter of David Campbell, 1st of Denhead, with whom he had a charter for the lands of Kemphill, on 30 August 1571.[23] He d. on 25 October 1605, and had issue, (see full version).
  5. James Lindsay, was appointed Rector of Fettercairn, on 5 June 1576[26] and had d. by 15 August 1580 when Mr. John Cullace was presented to that charge as his successor.[27]
  6. Elizabeth Lindsay, m. Patrick, 3rd Lord Drummond, (he survived her and m. secondly, by c/m 15 November 1585, to Agnes, daughter of Sir John Drummond, 2nd of Innerpeffrey), and had d. by November 1585 when he contract to marry his second wife.[28] They had issue.
  7. Margaret Lindsay, m. John Stewart, 6th Lord Innermeath, (c/m 6 October 1582.[29] He survived her and m. secondly, to Mary, daughter of William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie, by c/m 31 March 1596).

Sir David Lindsay, 4th of Edzell, who, with Katherine Campbell, his mother, had a charter under the Great Seal for the Lordship and Barony of Glenesk on 1 April 1554, in which he is styled eldest son of David, Earl of Crawford.[30] He was constituted a Lord of Session on 23 February 1597 and d. on 15 December 1610, having m. firstly, Helen, daughter of David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford, (c/m in March of 1570), and secondly, to Isobel, daughter of Arthur Forbes of Rires, (c/m 1 December 1585). He was father of :

  1. Sir David Lindsay, 5th of Edzell, succeeded his father and m. Margaret, daughter of John Wishart of Pittarow, whom he infeft in his lands of Gleneffock, and numerous others, in implementation of a marriage contract between them on 9 December 1613.[31] He d. in 1648 and was father of :

1a} Alexander Lindsay, younger of Edzell, m. Anne, second daughter of John, 1st Earl of Wemyss, (c/m 16 & 21 February 1632.[32] She survived him and m. secondly, Mungo Moray, 2nd Viscount Stormont, who was then widow of Agnes, only child of Andrew Murray of Balvaird, and d. on 20 September 1643), and d. vita patris in 1638, with his father being served heir to him in the barony of Glenesk, and other lands, on 17 March of that year.[33] He was father of :

1b} Jean Lindsay, was served heir to her father on 17 August 1653,[34] and m. in May of 1651 to Walter Sandilands, 6th Lord Torphicen, (Post-Nuptual c/m 8-30 July 1653.[35] He survived her and m. secondly on 28 April 1657, to Catherine, daughter of William, Lord Alexander, eldest son of William, 1st Earl of Stirling, and had issue. He m. thirdly on 11 April 1671, to Anne, only daughter of Alexander, 6th Lord Elphnstone, and fourthly to Christian, only daughter of James Primrose, brother of Sir Archibald Primrose. He d. in May of 1696). She d. in 1655, having had issue.

1a} Margaret Lindsay, m. by 1626, to James Keith, of Benholm, son of George Keith, 5th Earl of Marischal.[36]

  1. John Lindsay, dsp.
  2. Alexander Lindsay of Canterland, (see below).
  3. Katherine Lindsay, m. firstly, to Richard Melville of Baldovie, and secondly to Andrew Arbuthnott, brother of Sir Robert, 1st Viscount of Arbuthnott.
  4. Margaret Lindsay, m. David Carnegie, 1st Earl of Southesk, (c/m 8 October 1595. He d. at Kinnaird, in February of 1658), d. on 9 July 1614 and had issue.
  5. A daughter, m. George Symmer of Balyeordie.
  6. A daughter, m. a Lambie.

He was also father of a natural son ;

  1. Thomas Lindsay, who is styled natural brother to David Lindsay of Edzell in a remission for the death of Alexander, Lord Spynie, expede under the Great Seal on 7 March 1617. [37]

Mr. Alexander Lindsay of Canterland, is styled son to Sir David Lindsay of Edzell when witness to a charter dated 4 August 1604[38] and obtained the lands of Canterland. He m. firstly at Dunfermline on 1 January 1610, to Jean, daughter of James Murray of Pardewis,[39] (c/m at the Canongate, Edinburgh, on 14, 16 & 19 December 1609[40]), with whom, on his own resignation, they had a conjunct charter under the Great Seal for the lands of Canterland to themselves and their heirs male. He m. secondly to Helen, daughter of John Haldane of Gleneagles, (c/m 6 May 1613[41]), d. in 1631 and was father of :

  1. John Lindsay, 7th of Edzell, (see below).
  2. Helen Lindsay, m. firstly, to Andrew Melville, eldest son of Richard Melville of Baldovy, with whom she had a charter for the lands of Baldovie on 28 October 1637.[42] She m. secondly, to Andrew Arbuthnott of Fiddes.

John Lindsay, 6th of Edzell, succeeded his father and was served heir to his uncle, Sir David Lindsay, in the lands and barony of Glenesk and Edzell on 2 June 1648,[43] then, on the death of George Lindsay, 3rd Lord Spynie, in 1672, he became Chief of the Lindsays and put forward a claim for the honours of Crawford although this was disallowed. He m. Jean, second daughter of John Carnegie, 1st Earl of Northesk, (c/m 9 August 1647.[44] She was widow of Alexander Lindsay, Master of Spynie, by whom she had no issue), and d. in April of 1671[45] having had issue :

  1. David Lindsay, 7th of Edzell, (see below).
  2. John Lindsay, who was infeft by his brother David Lindsay of Edzell in an annualrent from the barony of Edzell on 13 March 1673.[46] He served as a Captain in the army and dsp by 35 August 1715, when his nephew, David Lindsay of Edzell, was infeft in an annualrent as heir to him.
  3. Magdalen Lindsay, m. Lachlan MacIntosh of Torcastle, (c/m 23 July 1667.[47] He survived her and m. secondly, Anne, daughter of Sir George Munro of Culrain, who was then was widow of Donald MacKay, Master of Rae; and d. on 9 December 1704), and had issue.

David Lindsay, 7th of Edzell, succeeded his father in 1671 and m. firstly, to Agnes, only daughter of James Graham of Monorgan, brother of Sir David Graham, 7th of Fintry, (c/m 29 & 30 April 1664[48]). He m. secondly on 24 May 1691, to Jean Fullarton and d. on 17 February 1698, being buried at Edzell on 15 March following. He was father of :

  1. David Lindsay, 8th of Edzell, was infeft in the Lordship of Glenesk as heir to his father on 3 November 1699,[49] although his estate being burdened by debt he disponed the majority of it to James Maule, Earl of Panmure, by Disposition dated 31 January 1715.[50] His dsp in 1744.
  2. John Lindsay, who had a Provision from his father 13 July 1695[51] and apparently dsp.
  3. James Lindsay, bap. at Edinburgh on 1 January 1686 and had a Provision from his father on 13 July 1695.[52] He served as a Lieutenant in the army and apparently dsp.
  4. Margaret Lindsay, m. Alexander Watson of Aitherny, (c/m 17 October 1692[53]), and d. on 30 December 1723.
  5. Ann Lindsay, m. in December 1708, to William Moncrieff, Minister of Largo, and d. at Edinburgh, in November of 1769.
  6. Janet Lindsay, bap. on 2 October 1684 and m. Edward Whitmore.




[1] RMS 1424-1513. No. 645.

[2] RMS 1424-1513. No. 1445.

[3] RMS 1424-1513. No. 1469.

[4] Ex. Rolls. Vol. X. P. 769.

[5] Acta Dom Conc. 6/49.

[6] RMS 1424-1513. No. 3808.

[7] Chronicle of Fortingal.

[8] RPS Vol. I. No. 706.

[9] RMS 1546-1580. No. 453.

[10] RMS 1424-1513. No. 3108.

[11] RMS 1424-1513. No. 3456.

[12] C2/44/368.

[13] C2/42/181.

[14] C2/42/181.

[15] RMS 1620-1633. No. 200.

[16] RMS 1514-1546. No. 2484.

[17] RMS 1514-1546. No. 1477.

[18] OPR – Edinburgh.

[19] RMS 1546-1580. No. 2399.

[20] RD1/36/47.

[21] Retours. Forfar. No. 33.

[22] C2/43/288.

[23] RMS 1546-1580. No. 2260

[24] Retours. Forfar. No. 49.

[25] Reg. Privy Council – 1600.

[26] RPS Vol. VII. No. 631.

[27] RPS Vol. VII. No. 2458.

[28] GD160/5/1.

[29] RD1/21/95.

[30] RMS 1546-1580. No. 922.

[31] RMS 1609-1620. No. 1696.

[32] RMS 1620-1633. No. 1950.

[33] Retours. Forfar. No. 242.

[34] Retours. Gen. No. 3832.

[35] GD119/123.

[36] GD4/145.

[37] RMS 1609-1620. No. 1601.

[38] RMS 1594-1608. No. 1716.

[39] OPR – Dunfermline.

[40] RMS 1608-1620. No. 210.

[41] RMS 1608-1620. No. 2009.

[42] RMS 1634-1651. No. 1067.

[43] Retours. Forfar. Nos. 303 & 304.

[44] GD1/383/34.

[45] St. Andrews Tests.

[46] GD45/16/1755.

[47] GD176/511.

[48] GD45/16/1752.

[49] GD45/16/1773.

[50] GD45/16/1883.

[51] GD45/16/1767.

[52] GD45/16/1767.

[53] GD45/16/1796.

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