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Alexander Lindsay

Male - Bef 1382


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  • Name Alexander Lindsay  [1
    Born of Glenesk, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death Oct 1381  Candia, Crete Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died Bef Mar 1382  Crete Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I27285  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2020 

    Father David Lindsay,   d. Bef 13 Oct 1357 
    Mother Mary Abernethy,   b. Abt 1295,   d. Bef 19 Nov 1355  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 28 Nov 1324  [1, 3
    Notes 
    • Date of papal dispensation, "on the narrative that she and her previous husband [Andrew Leslie] were both related in the fourth degree to David de Lindsay of the diocese of Glasgow." [The Scots Peerage, citation details below]
    Family ID F16289  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Stirling,   d. Bef 1378 
    Married Abt 1358  [1, 2
    Children 
    +1. David Lindsay,   b. Between 1359 and 1360,   d. Feb 1407, Finhaven Castle, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F16287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "[He] served in his youth as squire to his cousin Thomas Stewart, earl of Angus. He had inherited his mother's lands north of Tay, and also received grants from his aunt Margaret, countess of Angus, which effectively reconstituted the Abernethy inheritance. About 1358, moreover, he married Catherine Stirling (d. by 1378), daughter and coheir of John Stirling of Glenesk, whose estates in the sheriffdoms of Forfar and Inverness were entailed on him and their joint heirs. His lands of Byres he entailed to his younger brother William in January 1367. Active as a crusader and jouster, Sir Alexander was high in David II's favour, while after 1371 he was equally close to Robert II, whose niece Marjory Stewart he married, probably about the time of Robert's accession. He attended Robert's coronation, together with his nephew James Lindsay of Crawford (the son of Sir James and Egidia), and became a regular charter witness for the new king, as he had been for David II. It may also have been in 1371 that he was made justiciar north of Forth jointly with his nephew; they were certainly acting in this capacity by 1373, though from 1374 Alexander Lindsay held this office on his own. In 1375 he arranged for his son and heir, David, to marry the king's daughter Elizabeth. He retained royal favour and the justiciarship until 1381, when he set off on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Granted a safe conduct on 4 December to travel through England, he died on Crete some time before March 1382." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, citation details below]

  • Sources 
    1. [S800] The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Ed. James Balfour Paul. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904-1914.

    2. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.

    3. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing., year only.