Interesting Facts About the Lindsays

  • The first Lindsay documented in Scotland is Walter de Lindsay.
    He signed charters in 1146 but is said to have been in Scotland since 1120.
  • Sir Walter’s great-grandson, Sir William de Lindesay, sat in the Parliament of 1164 and was afterwards a justiciar.  He held the lands of Crawford, the earldom of which was to ultimately be the premier title of the chiefs.
  • For 40 generations the Lord of your family, by tradition, has born the same name forty generations, from father to son, father to son, all through the family’s history.
  • The Lindsay shield: that red shield with the blue and white cheques across it is exactly the same as the Stewarts, the Kings of Scotland. There is only one difference, the Stewarts use a gold background while the Lindsay’s use a red.
  • The Lindsays brought the swan from Flanders into England, then into Scotland.
  • The Lindsays lived in Flanders just outside of Boulogne, the greatest port on the North Sea for the Roman Empire.
  • The head of the Lindsay family was created an earl, a symbol of great authority. Earls were individuals who convened their own parliaments, raised their own armies and conducted their own justice. David Lindsay was raised to the first Earl of Crawford. The Earldom of Crawford (Chief of Clan Lindsay) was created in 1398 It is the oldest Earldom in Scotland. The Earldom of Lindsay was created in 1633.
  • When the Queen came to Scotland to be crowned, someone carried the Crown, the Sceptre and someone carried the Sword of State. To this day for each new monarch, a Lindsay has carried the Crown, the Sceptre, or the Sword of State.
  • A Lindsay was one of the 10 people who signed the Declaration Of Arbroath/Scottish Declaration of Independence.
  • Lindsays were allies of Robert the Bruce and fought in the Battle of Bannockburn.
  • Lindsays intermarried with the family of William Wallace. Lindsays, in fact, handed over some of their castles to help William Wallace in his great battle for the independence of Scotland. Wallace’s mother was a Crawford.
  • The Regiment of the Line (Black Watch) was formed officially in 1739 as the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot under John Lindsay, the Earl of Crawford and first mustered in 1740 at Aberfeldy. In May, 1740, when the Independent Companies were formed into the 43rd Highland Regiment (later the 42nd Royal Highlanders), John the Earl of Crawford and Lindsay was appointed its colonel.
  • The highest award and honor in British military terms is the Victoria Cross. The very first Victoria Cross ever won went to a Robert Lindsay.