Lindsay Clan @ MacBraveHeart

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Updated: 11th March, 2001

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Motto: Endure Fort [endure with strength]

Main branches:

Earldom of Crawford and Balcarres
Lindsay of Glenesk
Lindsay of Edzell


There are several hundred recorded spellings of the Lindsay name. It originates from 'Lindsey' (island of the lime tree) area in Lincoln in England, from where the original Norman barons moved to Scotland in the 12th century.

Baldric de Lindsey held lands in England and in Normandy at the end of the 11th century. Sir Water de Lindseya was made a baron by King David I of Scotland in 1147, after his father had earlier accompanied the king on his return to Scotland. The Lindsay lands at this time were extended in southern Scotland in upper Clydeside and in the Lothians. The Lindsay name then went on to play an important part in Scottish history.

Sir David Lindsay of Crawford and the Byres was made Regent of Scotland, and died in 1286 on a Crusade. The Crawford-Lindsay family branch obtained lands at Glenesk in Angus, while another branch produced Sir David of the Mount (1490-1567), a poet and reformer, who wrote the famous play Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estates, which highlighted pre-Reformation corruption. Robert Londsay of Pitscottie (c1500-1565) wrote the Chronicles of Scotland. The philosopher and educationist A D Lindsay, who was born in Glasgow, became Master of Balliol College and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, and founded Keele University.


Lindsay ...
My name is Lindsay.  I know it comes from a Scottish surname and I am interested in finding out more about it, so I would appreciate it if you could  put some information on this surname onto your clan list.

Thank you kindly
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Kevin Barry ...
I don't particularly have anything to add to your information. Rather, I would like to thank you for it for it was most helpful in putting together an anniversary gift for my fiancee, who is descended from the Lindsay clan. I'm Irish myself, and proud of my heritage.

March 2001


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