The Clan Lindsay Gatherings
In September 1898 an event to mark the 500th anniversary of the creation of the Earldom of Crawford was held in Balcarres, where it was agreed that an Annual General Meeting should be held. On the 21st October 1898 the first AGM moved to hold a clan assembly at Edzell Castle the following September and the so began the Gatherings as we know them.
Clan Lindsay Gathering 2017 – Ceres
The Gathering this year will be held in the village of Ceres, which is situated at the heart of the Lindsays of the Byres territory in Fife.
Lunch will be served at the Meldrums Hotel.
This will be followed by a visit to the newly renovated and expanded Fife Folk Museum. The museum features information on Struthers Castle and other Lindsay connections including, in particular, the Craigrothie drum.
Afternoon tea will be served back at the Meldrums Hotel around 4pm and it is anticipated that a musical evening with local guest artists will be arranged in the nearby Ceres Inn, where bar meals are available for those in need of further sustenance, along with liquid refreshments, until late.
For those staying overnight, it may be possible to attend the local church service or arrange a whistle-stop tour of Lordscairnie Castle, The Mount, Crawford Priory and Struthers Castle. These are all within a five mile radius of Ceres.
Meldrums Hotel is situated close to the Parish Church which was built in 1806 by Alexander Leslie on the site of a much earlier building. The interior was restored by the architect Ian G Lindsay (1906-1966) in the mid-twentieth century. The church was historically the place of worship of the Lords of they Byres from Struthers. There is a vault in the churchyard dedicated to the Lindsays in which lies the remains of the 20th Earl of Crawford, his wife Jean and a number of other Lindsay family members.
The 20th Earl of Crawford was the first Colonel of the Lindsay-Crawford Regiment which later became the Black Watch. In the vestibule of the Ceres Parish Church is an effigy of a medieval knight whose identity is unknown. It is highly probable that this is a Lindsay, forgotten after 1808 when the 22nd Earl of Crawford died without heir and the direct line of the Lindsays of the Byres was temporarily terminated. The title of Earl of Crawford lay dormant until 1848 when it passed to the Lindsays of Balcarres.
Another site worth visiting in Ceres is the Bannockburn Monument erected in memory of the men of Ceres who fought in 1314. The memorial was erected and unveiled by the 27th Earl of Crawford in 1914 at the beginning of WW1. This was of course Private Lord Crawford whose diary you will surely have read.
Cost per head: £30.00
Includes lunch, museum entry and afternoon tea.
Payment may be made by bank transfer – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Sterling cheques should be made payable to The Clan Lindsay Society and sent to the Treasurer:
Mr N Lindsay, 4 Church Road, Bo’ness, West Lothian EH51 0EL