The Clan

In heraldry, a blazon is a formal description of a coat of arms, from which the reader can reconstruct the appropriate image. The visual depiction of a coat of arms traditionally has considerable latitude in design, while a blazon specifies the essentially distinctive elements; thus it can be said that a coat of arms is defined not by a picture but rather by the wording of its blazon.

Blazon also refers to the specialized language in which a blazon is written, and, as a verb, to the act of writing such a description.

Below is a written description or blazon of the Lindsay Coat of Arms.

The Heraldic Achievement of Robert Lindsay, Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, Chief of Clan Lindsay

These quartered arms date back to the marriage of the 10th Lord Lindsay and feudal Lord of Crawford, Sir David Lindsay of Crawford, to Mary, the daughter of Lord Alexander Abernethy of that Ilk, in 1325.

A heraldic description or blazon of the arms reads:
Quarterly, 1st and 4th Gules, a Fess chequy Argent and Azure (for LINDSAY); 2nd and 3rd Or, a Lion rampant Gules, armed and langued Azure, debruised of a Ribbon in Bend Sable (for ABERNETHY).

The Crest

Crest: A Swans neck and wings Proper issuant from a Crest Coronet Or.

Supporters: Two Lions rampant guardant Gules, armed and langued Azure. The arms in the first and fourth quarters depict a silver and blue check pattern on a red background and in the second and third quarters a red rampant lion with blue tongue and claws on a gold field. Over each lion is a thin black stripe. Supporting the shield on a compartment are two red lions with blue tongues and claws. The crest features a white swan within a gold crest coronet, above a helm and coronet of suitable rank. Please NOTE: There are two version of the crest and the coat of arms; one with a demure swan for the people of the clan and one with a confident and authoritative looking swan for the chief.

The Earl of Crawford Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Titles Held by Our Chief

  • Master of Lindsay (1927-1940)
  • Lord Balniel (1940-1972)
  • Lord Balniel MP (1955-1972)
  • The Rt Hon Lord Balniel MP (1972-1974)
  • The Rt Hon Lord Balniel (1974-1975)
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Balniel, PC
    (January 1975-December 1975)
  • The Rt Hon The Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, PC (1975-1996)
  • The Rt Hon The Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, KT, PC (1996-2002)
  • The Rt Hon The Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, KT, GCVO, PC (2002- )
  • Chief of Clan Lindsay (1975-)

Taken from old Clan Lindsay Association USA, Inc. web site. Coloration provided by James Edward Lindsey, 2010 Clan Lindsay Association USA, Inc. Area Representative, Southern California

Clan Lindsay Crest-Badge & Motto

Clan Lindsay Crest-Badge


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A clans crest-badge signifies their allegiance to a specific clan Chief. Those who fought for the Chief wore a belt or strap around their arm with the badge to signify the clan and Chief to whom they are loyal.

All members of the Clan Lindsay Association are encouraged to wear the Clan Lindsay crest-badge with pride.

The Clan Lindsay crest-badge displays the head and wings of a white swan within a crest coronet. Etched on the strap is our clan motto, Endure Fort which is Latin for ‘Endure with Strength’.

The Motto

Endure Fort means
“Endure with Strength”

The Crawford Crest

The Crawford Crest

The Crawford Crest

The most familiar crest for Crawford is shown. The Latin motto on the crest-badge reads: Tutum Te Rebore Reddam which translates to ‘Our strength in exchange for your trust’.