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The Clan Lindsay Society Gathering 2023 – Falkland Palace, Fife
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
The Memorial Service for the late 29th Earl of Crawford – Wednesday, 26th July 2023
“A Lindsay Family Story”
Christopher Arnander has advised that there are a number of copies of the late James Lindsay’s family history book still available, in both soft cover and hard back bindings. If anyone wishes to buy a hard back copy (with dust cover) or soft cover edition, please do so soon.
Past News and Events
Balcarres Gardens Open Day
Sunday, 21st May 2023
The gardens at Balcarres House were open again to the public this year on Sunday, 21st May between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm. Lord and Lady Crawford were delighted to welcome so many enthousiatic visitors. 60% of the takings this year were gifted to the Royal National Lifeboats Institution (RNLI). There was a record turn out of supporters and they were well rewarded by the magnificent displays of blooms throughout the terraces and garden areas. Visitors were welcomed at the car park by the sound of the pipes and more tunes could be heard drifting round the shrubbery during the rest of the afternoon. The weather was warm and kind, although a short flurry of light rain in the late afternoon encouraged visitors to take cover, for tea and cakes.
Further information on the garden open days can be found on the “Scotland’s Gardens Scheme” website:
Loch Katrine Cruise
The Coronation Ceremony of Charles III, King of Scots
The photographs in this page are taken from videos posted on YouTube. The image of Lord Crawford in the procession can be found at 4:30/12:25 in the following posting.
We are greatly honoured that our Clan Chief was able to represent Scotland at the Coronation of Charles III, deputising for Prince William, heir apparent to the throne. Prince William is also known as the Duke of Rothesay and the “Prince and Great Steward of Scotland”.
The first High Steward of Scotland was created by David I, King of Scots, around 1150 and given to Walter fitz Allen. However, the title of High Steward (or Lord High Steward) merged with the crown in 1371 when Robert II (7th High Steward) came to the throne. It remained with the King until Robert III (8th High Steward) re-granted it to his elder son and heir apparent, David Stewart, together with the newly created title of Duke of Rothesay in 1398. This was the same year that the title Earl of Crawford was created and the two titles bear affinity to one another. It is of interest to note that the first Countess of Crawford, Katherine Stewart, was the daughter of King Robert II, marrying Sir David Lindsay around 1382, before he became 1st Earl of Crawford.
From then on, since 1398, the title of High Steward has been given to the heir apparent to the throne. The title is now more commonly known as “Prince and Great Steward of Scotland” and is currently held by Prince William, Prince of Wales.
It has been common practice over the past generations that the Earl of Crawford, as Premier Earl of Scotland, has been asked to deputise for the Prince of Wales in the role of Great Steward of Scotland, and in particular during the coronation ceremonies of the Monarchs.
“The Great Marquess” comes to rest in Fife
David Lindesay-Bethune, the 15th Earl of Lindsay, died in 1989 and was buried at Kilconquhar Church in the Lindsay Mausoleum. He was a great steam engine enthusiast and proud owner of a magnificent Nigel Gresley, Class K5, locomotive, “The Great Marquess”, which was built 85 years ago in 1938.
Last night (18th April), the locomotive was hauled through Fife to the “Farming and Railway Visitor Centre” at Balbuthie Farm, which will be her new resting place, in the East Neuk of Fife. At about 9 pm, on her way through Kilconquhar, she passed by the Lindsay Mausoleum where David lies. I wish he could have seen his old friend as she passed by within yards of his grave. She looked magnificent.
Seen here as she passed through Lundin Links.
“The Union of South Africa” arrived in Fife a few days later on 22nd April, a locomotive no stranger to Fife. She operated on the local Lochty Railway during the early 1970s and was stationed, on the main line, in the goods shed at Markinch for a period until 1994. Both locomotives are currently owned by John Cameron of Balbuthie Farm, by Kilconquhar.
The passing of Lord Crawford
We are sad to announce the death of Lord Crawford, the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, our Clan Chief who died on Saturday 18th March, around mid-day. He passed away peacefully with his family at Balcarres House in the surroundings that he loved. The Chief’s Banner was lowered to half-mast on the Tower at Balcarres Craig, in acknowledgement of his passing.
The Clan Lindsay Society join with all Lindsay Clan Members around the World in expressing our extreme sorrow at this time of sadness. We send condolences to his close family and carers who have given him so much love and attention over the past few months during his failing health.
His funeral was held on Monday 27th March, attended by his close family only. The Clan Piper played a lament prior to the service and the armorial pipe banner, which Robin loved so much, was proudly carried on the pipes, to mark the passing of our Chief. A Memorial Service to commemorate his life will be held on 26th July at St Salvator’s Chapel in St Andrews. The service will be followed later by a “scattering of ashes” at the roofless Chapel on Balcarres Estate.
Robin will be sorely missed by all those who knew him as the kind, considerate and wonderful person that he was. May he rest in peace. God bless.
2023 AGM in Colinsburgh – Saturday, 25th March
Venue: Galloway Library, 48 Main Street, Colinsburgh, Fife, KY9 1LS.
The AGM this year was held on Saturday, 25th March in the Reading Room of the Galloway Library, in Colinsburgh. The AGM comenced at 2.00 pm, although the Library was open prior to the meeting for refreshments. The AGM proceedings were chaired by Diarmid Lindsay, one of our Trustees, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
Following the death of Lord Crawford, the Secretary paid tribute to our Chief and attendees observed a period of two minutes silence, in reflection of his passing. The meeting was live-streamed to Members around the World who were not able to attend in person, but were able to join in the proceedings, via Zoom. Copies of the Agenda and the Minutes from last year’s AGM were distributed by email to Members, in advance of the meeting. The meeting closed at 3.00 pm.
Following the main business, a short talk was given by Diarmid Lindsay entitled “Lord Menmuir and the Balcarres Estate“. A brief introductory history was given about the Family Branch which became established there in 1586, when the estate was acquired by John Lindsay, Lord Menmuir, a descendent of the Lindsays of Edzell and son of the 9th Earl of Crawford. Balcarres House was built in 1595 on the site of a previous building, dating back to 1511. The talk, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation of photographs, explained historical details of some of the buildings and features that can be seen around the Estate today. Notably, these include the Balcarres Craig Tower, the roofless Chapel, the Golden Gates, the Leuchars Castle Sundial, the old Doocot and more recently the works of the architect Robert Lorimer who designed the Deil’s Lodge and the Estate Office building.
Happy Birthday Lord Crawford
Lord Crawford, the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, our Clan Chief celebrated his 96th birthday today on Sunday, 5th March 2022. The Earl’s Banner was flying from the Balcarres Craig Tower to mark the occasion.
The Clan Lindsay Society sends greetings from all our Members in Scotland and around the World. We wish Robin the very best for his birthday and hope he has an enjoyable day with his family at Balcarres.
A New Era – Charles III, King of Scots
As Charles mourns his mother’s passing, the flag at the Tower flies the ancient Royal Standard of Scotland to commemorate his ascension to the throne. The Coronation will be held in London on Saturday, 6th May, 2023.
Almost 400 years ago Charles II was crowned in Scotland. John Lindsay, the 17th Earl of Crawford, performed the role of Sceptre Bearer at the Coronation, on 1st January 1651 at Scone.
When George VI died on 6 February 1952, Elizabeth ascended to the throne. At the same time her son HRH Prince Charles, who was only 3 years old at the time, became the Duke of Rothesay, the Scottish title given to the heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom. The Duke of Rothesay also holds the title “Prince and Great Steward of Scotland”.
At the Coronation on 2nd June 1953, David Alexander Robert Lindsay, the 28th Earl of Crawford and Premier Earl of Scotland, was given the honour of representing Scotland, deputising for Prince Charles as the “Great Steward of Scotland”. Later in 1953, the Earl of Crawford carried the Sceptre in St Giles’ Cathedral when Queen Elizabeth visited Scotland and accepted the Scottish Crown. The title, the Duke of Rothesay, is now held by King Charles III’s son, HRH Prince William.
The Late Elizabeth Queen of Scots
Tribute by the Editor
The Society is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. Our thoughts are with her children and family at this extremely difficult time. To mark our sorrow and appreciation the flag on Balcarres Craig flies at half-mast.
So many have had experiences of her wonderful charm and personality and nearly everyone who met her has a story to tell. My memories of her go back to June 1953 when my parents took my brother and myself to London during the coronation festivities. It was an atmosphere I will never forget. At school we were presented with coronation mugs to commemorate the occasion and mine was used every day for many years and still survives, although much the worse for wear.
I first encountered her Majesty when she visited our school in Edinburgh in 1958. She addressed us in the Assembly Hall and passed by me so close I could have put out my hand to touch her. My brother, Scott, and I played in the school pipe band which I am sure delighted her at the time, knowing now how much she appreciates pipe music. Both Scott and I served in the Queen’s services, first as army cadets at school and later in the OTC, a Territorial Army unit of the Royal Scots, while at University in Edinburgh.
In recent years I have had the privilege of playing at the Queen’s Garden Party events in Holyrood Palace Gardens. Each year, in July, a contingent of pipers from the “Royal Scottish Pipers Society” form a circle and entertain the guests during the afternoon. We have been honoured for many years to have Queen Elizabeth as our Patron and hope we have returned the pleasure on these sunny afternoons to remember, in the gardens of the Palace.
On watching the progress of Her Majesty as she travelled from Balmoral to Edinburgh, I noticed her Royal Claret Bentley following close behind the hearse. I was reminded of the occasion when, tuning up our pipes in the Royal garage at Holyrood, I had need of a pair of pliers to adjust one of my drone reeds. Enquiring of the driver if he had such a tool, he lifted the boot lid of the Bentley and produced, from the royal toolbox, the royal pliers to save the day. I wonder if the pliers have ever been used since.
We are now entering into a new era with the sad passing of our dear Elizabeth Queen of Scots. She has been the enlightenment and inspiration to all who knew her. Her wisdom and knowledge surpass all understanding and she will be sadly missed by all her subjects.
The Flower of Scotland, “when will we see your like again?”.
2022 Gathering in Inverness – Saturday, 3rd September
Venue: Glen Mhor Hotel and visit to Culloden Battlefield.
Clan Members gathered on the banks of the River Ness at the Waterfront Hotel, part of the Glen Mhor Hotel complex, for lunch. The Clan piper opened the proceedings with a “Gathering” tune on the pipes prior to the meal being served in splendid surroundings at the banqueting table. The Gathering was smaller than usual this year but none the less just as enjoyable with overseas Members, Joe (USA) and Susan (Australia), in attendance. We are delighted that they managed to join us.
Following the most enjoyable cuisine we departed for Culloden Moor and the Battlefield. On arrival, the Clan Lindsay Members assembled in formation and marched, headed by the Clan Piper, in the direction of the Culloden Monument. Ronnie carried a wreath of remembrance for those Lindsays who were engaged in the battle, whichever side they were on, and in remembrance of the aftermath and following recriminations resulting from the defeat of the Jacobites. Although there was not a specific Lindsay contingent fighting in 1746, Lindsays were known to be Jacobite supporters, in particular, Colin Lindsay, 3rd Earl of Balcarres who fought in the 1715 Rebellion. On the collapse of the Rebellion he surrendered and was fortunate to be detained in Balcarres House rather than the jail, guarded by a dragoon. He died in 1722 aged 70 and was buried at Balcarres close to the village of Colinsburgh, which he founded to accommodate men of his regiment.
On arriving at the Monument Ronnie laid the wreath and Diarmid played the tune “Lindsay’s Lament”, a tune written by P/M Archie Lindsay of South Uist. After a tour of the displays and presentations in the Visitors Centre and Museum, we returned to the Hotel for refreshments and a meal before the evening’s entertainments.
Ronnie’s quiz was a good icebreaker with plenty of discussion on controversial answers. However, as usual, the quizmasters decision was final. Then, songs from David who performed some of his own compositions, to the accompaniment of his guitar, and Diarmid who provided some tunes on the small pipes. Many Lindsay orientated prizes were won during a most entertaining evening organised by Ronnie, to whom we gave a sincere vote of thanks to show our appreciation for all the work he had put in to make the Gathering such a success. Thanks were also due to his wife Susan for the support she gave to Ronnie during the event’s preparations and to Mairi, our Secretary, for presiding over yet another very memorable Gathering.
Notice of Invite
We are delighted to invite you to our 2022 Gathering in the Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness where we will be meeting at 12 noon.
Lunch will be provided in the Hotel before we depart to the National Trust for Scotland’s site at Culloden where you can explore the battlefield and museum. We’ll then head back to the hotel after our visit.
For those staying overnight, an evening meal will be arranged. As always, we hope that our Members will volunteer to showcase their own unique talents later in the evening.
The cost for each place on the Gathering is £45, including lunch, entry to Culloden and evening meal if required. We are extremely grateful to Ronnie for organising the Gathering again and for negotiating such a great price for a city-based event.
There are several travel options to get to Inverness, including an airport with direct flights from Manchester and London, and rail services from Aberdeen and the Central Belt.
Please reserve your place before July 31st using direct bank transfer (BACS) or PayPal. Menu options will be shared soon.
The Clan Lindsay Scottish Tour, 2022
by Members of the Clan Lindsay Association USA
The party split into two groups with one group visiting the Folk Museum and the other visiting Ceres Church and the tomb of John Lindsay, 20th Earl of Crawford (1702-1749). They also saw the effigy assumed to be that of John Lindsay, the 1st Lord Lindsay of the Byres (1402-1482). After swopping round, the tour proceeded to Kilconquhar Church and the graves of the Earls of Lindsay.
“The Lindsays of Balcarres” – a talk by Ludovic Lindsay
Balcarres Gardens Open Day
Sunday, 26th June 2022
The gardens were open to the public again this year. The sun shone for most of the afternoon, despite some refreshing showers, and Lord Crawford was able to enjoy the atmosphere and meet with admirers of the wonderful gardens.
This was the first year without Lady Crawford, although her presence was felt very much when walking along the paths, through the landscapes and among the beautiful displays of shrubs and flowers that she had created.
The event was well attended and the Clan piper played a welcome to those who entered the garden gates. The Earl’s banner was flying from the tower on the crag and enthusiasts flocked in to admire the flowers, buy plants and later to enjoy a well-earned cup of tea with cakes. There were several comments made regarding how well the roses, in particular, were blooming this year. The ancient pine trees enjoyed the piping and rewarded the piper with excellent cover during the occasional showers of rain.
“Here in the garden she loved among familiar paths and in friendly earth lie the ashes of Ruth, Countess of Crawford and Balcarres, 1924 – 2021”.
Also, a wooden bench has been placed beside the Chapel on behalf of Robin and Ruth, by their family, commemorating the wonderful life they shared together. Carved along the back of the bench is the inscription –
“For Ruth and Robin – If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
The Big Lindsay Lunch Party in Italy
Sunday, 29th May 2022
Many Lindsays over the centuries have felt an affinity with Italy, none more so than Alexander, 25th Earl of Crawford & Balcarres, known simply as Lindsay in his lifetime. He acquired a magnificent property in the hills above Florence in 1873, the Villa Palmieri. During the Lindsay era, the Villa Palmieri took the fancy of Queen Victoria. She was invited to come by the 25th Earl and twice came to stay for a few weeks, though only after his death in 1880.
A great great granddaughter of the 25th Earl, Anne Parsons, had the inspired idea of arranging a lunch at the Villa Palmieri for some of his descendants. After several Covid-induced postponements, she and her husband John triumphantly succeeded in their plan. A hundred of the Earl’s descendants came from far and wide to enjoy a great gathering of Lindsay cousins, on Sunday 29th May 2022. A group photo was taken by Andrew Hurst, a descendant of the 25th Earl.
– Christopher Arnander
2022 AGM – Saturday, 26th March 2022
The Annual General Meeting for 2022 was held on Saturday, 26th March in the Galloway Library, Colinsburgh, at 2.30 pm. Prior to the meeting coffee, tea and sandwiches were served and a gift to the “Lindsay Cupboard” was received from Ronnie Seiler.
Dr Ronnie Seiler, who was unable to be present himself, delivered a set of three volumes of the “Lives of the Lindsays” (pub. 1858) to the Society, which had belonged to his Aunt, Ida Lindsay, a very regular attender of Society functions in the past years. Ida was born in 1895, joined the Society in 1949 and died in 1985. Ken Lindsay kindly picked up the books from Ronnie and brought them along to the Library. We are very grateful to Ronnie for these volumes which were accompanied by other old Publications and Bulletins. We wish to thank you for your kind thoughtfulness in preserving these historical documents.
This was the first AGM to be held in person since the beginning of the COVID pandemic outbreak and a number of cautious members sent their apologies. Eight Members were able to attend in the Library and the meeting was live-streamed for everyone else in the world to join in virtually.
After the main proceedings, Lord Lindsay, Jamie Lindesay-Bethune, gave a short presentation and shared some of the photographs of his daughter’s wedding, held last September in Sicily. See more details of Princess Charlotte’s wedding in the article below under “Past News and Events”.
Following the meeting, a social get-together was held in the Upper Largo Hotel with refreshments and an evening meal, for those who were able to linger on.
Lord Crawford’s 95th Birthday
Lord Crawford, the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, our Clan Chief celebrated his 95th birthday on Saturday, 5th March 2022. On the return from a celebratory lunch with his family he was delighted to observe his personal banner flying from the Tower at Balcarres Craig to mark the occasion. The flag pole had been damaged a few years ago in a storm and has now been restored by two local members of our Society, in time to observe the custom of flying the Chief’s flag on his birthday.
The Society sent a birthday card to him on behalf of Members and as a special surprise he was presented with his personal Pipe Banner as a gift from the Society. The heraldic design represents the ancient Arms of the House of Crawford and reflects the design displayed on his banner in St Gilles Cathedral and on the house flag flying from the Tower.
The Late Andrew Scott Lindsay
22nd October 1943 – 30th December 2021
I am sad to announce the death of Scott Lindsay, age 78. He passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, 30th December at his home in Chester with his close family present.
The funeral was held on 21st January in the Crematorium at Chester with his coffin covered by the White Ensign and carried by four kilted Lindsay nephews. Scott was a former Chairman of the Society and a serving Trustee and Board Member. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserves and had a great love for the sea. He spent much of his spare time on his yacht with family and friends, who will always treasure these times they spent together with him. He was never happier than when he was behind the wheel of his yacht in a brisk fresh wind sailing round the islands of the Hebrides. Another great interest was in Celtic music, having learnt to play the pipes while at school in Edinburgh. He was also Pipe-Major of the Edinburgh University Pipe band in 1965/66 and frequently played at the annual Clan Gatherings over the past thirty years.
We will greatly miss him, as will all his family and friends.
The Late Countess of Crawford
8th October 1924 – 2nd October 2021
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Ruth, Countess of Crawford, the wife of Robert Alexander Lindsay, 29th Earl of Crawford and 12th Earl of Balcarres, who is Chief of the Clan Lindsay. She passed away peacefully on Saturday 2nd October at Balcarres House in her 97th year.
A private funeral service was held on 15th October at Balcarres House followed by a cremation. Members of The Clan Lindsay Society sent their sincere condolences and joined with Members of the other Lindsay Clan organisations from USA and Australia to prepare a wreath reflecting Lindsay tartan colours. Her grave will be located on the sunny side of the family chapel at Balcarres, overlooking the garden she created.
The proposed inscription on the stone will read:- “Here in the garden she loved, among familiar paths and in friendly earth, lie the ashes of Ruth, Countess of Crawford and Balcarres.”
Her family and all who knew her will miss her greatly.
A New Lindsay Publication
Ludovic Lindsay, grandson of the 28th Earl of Crawford, has recently finished compiling a history of the Lindsays of Balcarres – “A Century of an Ancient Scottish Family in Photographs”. It was published on 7th October 2021 and is available through various retailers at competitive prices. Further details will be posted shortly on this page. Keep watching this link.
Wedding of Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune
The Duke of Noto married Lady Charlotte at The Cathedral of Monreale on 25 September 2021, near the town of Palermo in Sicily.
Charlotte, 28, is the youngest daughter of James Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay, and Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald. The Duke, 29, is the heir apparent to Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and his wife, the former Doña Sofia.
The Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies – or Bourbon des Deux Siciles – is an ancient branch of the Spanish royal family which ruled parts of southern Italy for more than 100 years from 1734 to 1861. Its descendants still carry the name today, some 150 years later.
The Earl of Lindsay is the head of the “Lindsay of the Byres” branch of the family. He is distantly related to our Chief, the Earl of Crawford, who is head of the “Crawford and Balcarres” branch, the senior branch of the family. Their common ancestor goes back to Sir David Lindsay of Crawford, around 1325.
Charlotte’s father, Jamie, was born in 1955, the son of David, Earl of Lindsay and his first wife Mary Douglas-Scott-Montagu. He studied at Eton, the University of Edinburgh and the University of California before succeeding his father as Earl of Lindsay in 1989. According to People Pill, he soon became vice-chairman of the Inter-Party Union Committee on Environment then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1995–97.
He married Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald in 1982, who is a granddaughter of Sir Alexander Somerled Angus Bosville Macdonald of Sleat, 16th Baronet.
The Jamie and Diana have four other children Lady Frances Lindesay-Bethune, 35, Lady Alexandra Lindesay-Bethune, 33, William Lindesay-Bethune, Viscount Garnock, 30, and David Lindesay-Bethune, 28, who is Charlotte’s twin.
Both families have a long aristocratic history, with Euro History Journal claiming Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Lady Charlotte are both descendants from Duke Friedrich II of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and Princess Magdalena Auguste of Anhalt-Zerbst. As distantly related cousins, the pair are also descendants of King George II of Great Britain. Jaime has even more distant links to the Jacobite Kings and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Annual Gathering – 4th September 2021
This location was inspired by the 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s birth on 15 August 1771. The location is also close to the village of Earlston where Walter de Lindsay and his family first settled in Scotland around 900 years ago.
Members and guests were welcomed at the front door of the Hotel by the Clan Piper and assembled in the dining room for a most enjoyable 2-course lunch. The character of the former coaching inn was well preserved by the fittings and furnishings which, along with the magnificent staircase banister and heavy carpeting, provided a most pleasant and tranquil atmosphere. Those who stayed in the hotel over the weekend certainly had no complaints about the high standard of the food provided.
The Melrose Pipe Band were playing in the town square as we left the Hotel after lunch. The early morning rain had cleared up and the party proceeded to Abbotsford House around 2.30 pm where we divided into two groups and were guided through the property by well versed and extremely helpful staff members. The artifacts on display were quite fascinating, placed in the setting of Walter Scott’s original furnishings. The views from the windows across the grounds were stunning and must have been a great inspiration for his writings.
Following a walk round the gardens, we returned to the Hotel for afternoon tea, coffee and handmade shortbread biscuits and then had a quiet spell before the Saturday evening entertainments began, arranged by Ronnie. Steak pie at 7.30 with accompanying refreshments provided the foundations for a highly entertaining and most convivial social evening.
Dumbarnie Links – Lindsay Golf Course
Dumbarnie Links opened on May 29th, 2020. The Championship Links course was designed by Ryder Cup player Clive Clark. Set on 345 acres of amazing true links land on the historic Balcarres Estate, overlooking the Firth of Forth with views from all 18 holes across Largo Bay. Dumbarnie Links lies within the 5,000-acre Balcarres Estate, a property that has been in the hands of Lord Balniel’s family for more than 400 years.
Development of the Year Competition
This magnificent golf course has also attracted worldwide attention. Each year, the “Development of the Year” competition seeks to identify the best new golf developments around the globe. This year the judges selected Dumbarnie Links as the winner of the competition for its world-class design and its focus on environmental stewardship and long-term sustainability. The Golf Club has bonded well with community groups in the surrounding area, offering generous donations to local worthy causes.
Balcarres Gardens Open Day
Sunday, 13th June 2021
This year’s open day was attended by about 300 visitors who were not disappointed by the wonderful variety of plants and shrubs on display. Even the weather was able to contribute to the enjoyment with plenty of sunshine and summer warmth. The Clan Piper provided a traditional welcome to visitors on arriving and a background atmosphere during the rest of the afternoon.
Minnie and Anthony (Lord and Lady Balniel) were delighted to see so many people able to attend, despite the COVID restrictions. Allison and Alexander (Master of Lindsay) were also enjoying the sunshine with young Ludovic in his element. It was wonderful that we were able to meet Robin (Lord Crawford) and Ruth again who were also mingling as best they could in their motorised mobiles.
The takings amounted to about £2,300 of which 60% will go to the Galloway Library and Town Hall in Colinsburgh. This is very welcome, especially for the Library, as income has been almost zero over the past year. Our Society continues to support the Library where we keep our artifacts and records in the “Lindsay Cupboard”.
AGM 2021 – Saturday 17th April
The AGM was held by way of “Zoom” and very successfully conducted by Mairi, as Zoom Convenor. Office Bearers were elected, as recorded on the “Office Bearers” page, and the audited accounts passed. Welcome to our new Treasurer, Donna, who made her first Zoom appearance today to present the 2020-21 financial statement. There were 20 participants and business was completed in under one hour. Thanks to all participants for contributions and assistance in keeping the meeting to schedule. Thanks again to Mairi for the organisation and pre-planning.
Lord Crawford’s Birthday
On 5th March 2021 Lord Crawford celebrated his 94th Birthday during COVID restrictions in the Balcarres bubble. The occasion was marked by a classic photograph taken of the “four generations” – Lord Crawford, Lord Balniel, The Master of Lindsay and Ludovic – by Alexander Lindsay, Photographer. A copy was circulated to Members for restricted and personal enjoyment but will be published later in the Clan publications.
A message of congratulations was sent to Robin offering him our very best wishes on this occasion, with his new great grandson. – Editor
The Late Ursula Hodgson: 1933 – 2021
She was last able to attend a Gathering in 2015 at Edzell and Hamish and Ursula have created a noted absence at recent Gatherings.
Hamish has been a regular attender of Gatherings back to his first Gathering in 1948 at Perth, soon after he joined the Society. The photo attached below shows Hamish and Ursula (second from the front) in happier times at Floors Castle in 2008. At the front are John and Helen who have also passed away since that Gathering.
Ursula was such a lovely person and will be sadly missed by us all but especially by her family, 2 girls and 2 boys, and we convey our heartfelt condolences to Hamish who will miss her so very much. Ursula loved sunflowers and we have been urged by Hamish to plant seeds this year in remembrance. We will certainly remember the radiance that Ursula spread with her smile at the Lindsay Gatherings when the flowers are blooming later in the year.
The Honorable Ludovic James Lindsay
The Society is pleased to announce the birth of The Master of Lindsay’s son Ludovic who was born on 11th December 2020 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. A great grandson for our Chief, Lord Crawford – congratulations to the proud parents, Allison and Alexander.
Ludovic has been named after traditional family names. His mother, Allison, and her family have their roots in New York although she has made the UK her home since 2011. “We are overjoyed at Ludovic’s safe arrival and it is made even more special by the fact that he was born here with his family. We hope that he will make Balcarres his home one day and that he will grow to love and cherish it as much as we do,” said Alexander and Allison.
Whatever the future may hold for him we offer him, as Clansmen, our warmest wishes for his future success and fully expect he will someday inherit the title of Earl of Crawford and return to the Balcarres Estate in Fife as our Clan Chief. – Editor
Balcarres Gardens Open Day
Sunday, 13th June 2021
The gardens will be open again this year from 2.00 pm until 5.00 pm, when there will be the usual sale of plants and afternoon tea will be available. Admission for adults is £6 and chidren are free. Please maintain social distancing and wear face masks when and where appropriate. All Lindsays are particularly welcome to visit the gardens and meet the family (possibly young Ludovic?). Hope to see you there. – Editor
The following link provides some detailed background information to Balcarres House and the Estate.
Balcarres House has been owned by the Lindsay family since the late 16th century and each generation has made their mark on the house and gardens. The formal gardens with their magnificent yew hedges and terraces were laid out by Sir Coutts Lindsay in the 1870s. Since then other changes have been made but the largest impact has come from Lady Crawford (aged 96). She has been the inspiration for the garden and the driving force of much of what has been created in the past fifty years. The gardens come into their own in early summer with the Rose Garden in full bloom with a variety of Hybrid Teas and climbing roses such a Blairi II, Shropshire Lad & Lady Hillingdon. Herbaceous borders are bursting into life with a variety of Geranium, Astrantia, Viola, oriental poppies and Aquilegia. The Woodland & Chapel Walks will also be at their best with many different Hostas, Smilacina, and other diverse plants, shrubs and trees. Enjoy the walks to the Sawmill Pond planting, the Den and the Balcarres Craig.
Directions: Half-a-mile north of Colinsburgh off A942. X95 Bus to Colinsburgh.
Colinsburgh KY9 1HN
Lord and Lady Balniel
T:01333 340205 (Estate Office)
AGM 2021 – Saturday 17th April at 1.30 pm
Yet again, we are unable to hold our AGM in the usual manner due to the COVID pandemic. This year the meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
Members have been contacted by e-mail and the Zoom link, Agenda, and Minutes of the previous AGM have been circulated. If any Member has not received this information please contact the Society at email@example.com
Please note that the meeting has been brought forward to start at 1.30 pm so that we will be finished before the live broadcast of The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. It is understood that there will be a minutes silence at 3.00 pm.
The intention is that the AGM will be a fairly short meeting to deal with necessary and essential business. If the Zoom experience is successful, then we will hopefully conduct a further social discussion meeting shortly thereafter, when we can focus on items of particular interest to Members.
Look forward to seeing those who can make it on Saturday.
Annual Gathering August 2020 – CANCELLED
We had hoped that the situation with the Coronavirus pandemic might have improved by August, enough to make a limited Gathering possible, but that is not the case. Three weeks before the Gathering date the guidance is still very restrictive. In fact, if there was to be a new spike in COVID-19 cases, local “lock-down” could be reimposed in Fife at very short notice by the Scottish Government.
Consequently, the Society would like to make the following statement –
“The formal Clan Lindsay Society Gathering, due to be held on 22nd August 2020, has been cancelled for this year The Society takes no responsibility for any transmission of the COVID-19 Virus caused by personal arrangements that Members may wish to undertake on that day. The Society is in full support of the Scottish Government’s guidance, as it applies to the circumstances.”
We hope all our Members will be able to stay free of the virus by respecting the National guidance, especially on safe distancing and the wearing of face coverings, as and when appropriate. Good luck and best wishes to you all.
– see Merchandise Page for Lindsay face coverings
Annual Gathering, Saturday 22 August 2020
We have now received confirmation that the American tour has been cancelled for this year and the visit to Balcarres House in August has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It is still possible that a much reduced event could take place in the East Neuk of Fife on the same date but with no formal booking arrangements. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June when we can assess the position depending upon the developments with the on-going pandemic.
Cancellations, Cancellations, Cancellations
The Balcarres Gardens Open Day scheduled for 18th May has been cancelled. This annual event is always a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, relax with a cup of tea and buy some plants. Unfortunately, this year a proportion of the takings were to be donated to the Galloway Library, where we have the Lindsay Cupboard, so we are disappointed that this boost to the funds will not be available this year.
The grand opening of the Lindsay Golf Course at Dumbarnie Links has also been cancelled, which was to have been on the 17th May.
The Annual Gathering, to be held this year at Balcarres on 22nd August is currently under review. Keep watching the News page for the up-dated position. We will keep you posted.
Our other social event, involving a cruise on Loch Lomond this summer, will also have to be cancelled.
Clan Lindsay Society AGM, 2020
The Annual General Meeting which was to be held on Saturday, 21st March at Prestonfield Golf Clubhouse in Edinburgh was cancelled and replaced by an on-line “virtual” AGM.
The meeting lasted for four days of intercommunication and the Draft Minutes will be circulated in due course. Nigel stood down as Treasurer and was replaced by Donna Gibson. The other Office Bearers were re-elected unchanged and Sharon Easton joined the Board of Management.
Social events for the rest of the year were subject to review and more information will be posted on the website as the position with the Coronavirus develops.
The 2019 Gathering took place on Saturday, 7th September with over 40 Members and Guests attending the visit to Inveraray Castle. The weather held out with a bright and sunny afternoon allowing those who, following an excellent lunch at the Loch Fyne Hotel, were able to make the walk from the town, through the gates and up the magnificent driveway to the castle entrance.
Afternoon tea back at the Hotel was followed by the homecoming of the current World Champions, the Inveraray Pipe Band, who gave a special performance to the delight of the locals and tourists alike who flocked into the town for the occasion. What an unexpected treat.
More entertainment followed back at the Hotel where the “Brambelles” were performing an enchanting selection of old favourites including a superb rendering of “Will ye gang tae the Highlands Leezie Lindsay”, specially rehearsed for the occasion. Later, Ronnie and Mairi applied some gentle persuasion to uncover the hidden talents lurking among the Members who continued to enhance the ceilidh atmosphere to the enjoyment of the company. Special thanks to all those who took part, especially Ronnie who was the inspiration behind this most enjoyable and memorable Gathering.
“A Lindsay Family Story”
The Lindsay book has now been published and copies will be posted to those who have pre-ordered copies. If anyone wishing a hard back copy (with dust cover) has not ordered a copy yet, please do so soon as it is a limited edition. Commemorative bookmarkers are also available.
Further details of this publication, edited by Christopher Arnander, are to be found on the Lindsay Publications page under The Lindsay Cupboard tag. Click here for more information.
Flanders Day Celebrations
Following the publication of the book “Scotland and the Flemish People” a celebratory event commemorating Flanders Day was held in Edinburgh on 27th June when the authors, Alex Fleming and Roger Mason, gave an introductory talk followed by a questions and answers session. Three Members of the Board of Management attended to represent our Society. Further details can be found by clicking here.
Balcarres Gardens Open Day
Sunday, 19th May 2019
The Earl and Countess of Crawford welcomed visitors to Balcarres on their annual open day. Although Ruth and Robin were unable to spend the whole afternoon out of doors it was really good to see Ruth in her garden following her stroke last year. The weather was kind with a fair amount of sunshine to show the blooms at their best. While the formal gardens were wonderful to behold, a real effort had been made to expand into the more wooded areas, particularly the Chapel walk and surrounding landscape, as shown below.
Lady Balniel was unable to be present but Lord Balniel, Anthony, was the perfect host ably assisted by his son Alexander, Master of Lindsay, and new daughter-in-law Allison. Lord Balniel’s brother, Alexander, with Sophie and the children were also enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of this romantic setting.
With more than 300 people attending, a sum close to £3,000 was raised of which 60% was donated to the charity ‘East Fife and Scooniehill Riding for the Disabled’.
Please contact the website if you have difficulty in obtaining a copy of this article.
https://scotlandsgardens.org/balcarres/ for more information and pictures.
Edzell Castle and Garden
“The Lindsays and the Covenant”
Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May, 2019
The First Captain’s Company of Erskine’s Regiment visited Edzell Castle with a display of weapons, flags and uniforms to give an insight into conditions during the 17th century. Of particular interest was the Surgeon’s tent where a gruesome selection of surgical instruments was on display.
Sir Arthur Erskine’s Regiment fought at the Battle of Dunbar in September 1650 alongside Colonel John Lindsay of Edzell’s Regiment of Foot when 10,000 Scottish troops were captured and about 3,000 killed. The English army, which attacked about an hour before dawn, surprised the Scottish army and suffered very few casualties themselves.
John Lindsay’s Regiment wore uniforms of grey and their Regimental Flag was a white saltire on a red background. It is recorded that the Regiment lost 5 colours during the battle. Colonel John Lindsay survived the battle and is recorded to have fought at Stirling in May 1651 and possibly the Battle of Worcester in September 1651. John died in 1671 and was the great grandson of the 9th Earl of Crawford.
During the afternoon the leader of the Erskine’s Regiment, Dale Haigh, who lives locally, conducted a tour of the Castle Gardens. This was a most interesting and comprehensive guide to the monuments and inscriptions on the garden walls displaying the Cardinal Virtues, the Liberal Arts and the Planetary Deities.
- Ref:- ‘A Regimental History of the Covenanting Armies, 1639 – 1651’ – by Edward M Furgol.
Clan Lindsay Society AGM, March 2019
The AGM was held on Saturday, 30th March 2019 in the Galloway Library, Colinsburgh, Fife.
Following the AGM a talk was given on the subject “The House of Crawford after Bannockburn: 1314 – 1414“. by Diarmid Lindsay, our newly appointed Secretary.
We were delighted that our Vice-Presidents, the Earl of Lindsay, from nearby Lahill, and Lord Balniel from Balcarres, were able to attend. Lady Balniel very kindly allowed us to share some video clips from her son’s Wedding Ceremony which was held last September in St Andrews, with the Reception at Balcarres House.
Christopher Arnander also attended the Meeting and gave us a presentation of slides from his latest publication, soon to be released, “A Lindsay Family Story: An Informal and Selective Chronicle of a Scottish Clan across Four Continents and Nine Centuries“.
The AGM was a very successful gathering of the Society’s Members, a number of whom departed from the Galloway Library after the proceedings had finished to the Upper Largo Hotel, close by, where they were able to enjoy a very pleasant relaxed evening meal together in the dining room, feeling at home with the hotel’s welcoming Lindsay tartan carpets.