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Alexander de Lindsay

Male Aft 1258 - 1314  (< 50 years)


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  • Name Alexander de Lindsay 
    Born Aft 18 Nov 1258  of Crawford, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth of Barnweill, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Alternate death Aft Jul 1306  [2
    Died Between 1309 and 10 Dec 1314  [4
    Person ID I27437  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2020 

    Father David Lindsay of the Byres,   d. 1279, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Margaret de Lindesay 
    Family ID F16292  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
    +1. David Lindsay,   d. Bef 13 Oct 1357
    +2. Beatrice Lindsay,   b. Abt 1286,   d. Bef 6 Dec 1352  (Age ~ 66 years)
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F16291  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The identity of his wife is unknown. The Scots Peerage (citation details below) says "There is reason to believe that his wife was a sister of James, Steward of Scotland."

      From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      Of age by 1290, when he attended the parliament of Birgham, Lindsay is said to have been knighted by Edward I, and in August 1296 did homage for his Scottish lands to the English king. He is also recorded in that year as holding Luffness and Ballencrief from Henry de Pinkney, the English heir to those Lindsay estates and possibly also to Crawford.

      Despite his early links with Comyn and Edward I, after 1296 Alexander Lindsay is usually found among the adherents of the younger Robert Bruce; his wife was probably a sister of James the Steward, a prominent Bruce supporter. Lindsay refused to participate in Edward I's expedition to Flanders in 1297, and with his younger brother John instead joined Wallace and Bruce in their short-lived rising against the English king in July 1297. Following the Scottish capitulation, Lindsay stood surety for Bruce's handing over of hostages. Lindsay appears to have been briefly in Edward's peace after the battle of Falkirk (22 July 1298), but was forfeited again later that year, and presumably continued to fight against the English until the general surrender of 1304. Recognized as a prominent figure in the Scottish resistance, Lindsay was exiled from Scotland for half a year by Edward's ordinance of September 1305, but he seems to have returned early, in time to be present in Bruce's company when the latter killed John Comyn of Badenoch on 10 February 1306 and declared himself king. Lindsay then remained with King Robert during the difficult months which followed, until he was himself captured at Kildrummy in September and his lands forfeited. However, Lindsay was free again by the summer of 1308, when he was one of the leaders of that year's Galloway campaign. As a prominent Bruce supporter he was a signatory of the letter sent to Philippe IV of France from the St Andrews parliament of 1309. He may have witnessed a royal charter in 1312, but was certainly dead by 10 December 1314.

  • 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., place only.

    2. [S49] Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.

    3. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013., place only.

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