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“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.

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.


Clan Gathering 2019

This year’s Gathering will be held at Inveraray Castle in Argyll on 7th September 2019.  There will be an informal evening session on Friday 6th September when Members can meet together in the Loch Fyne Hotel lounge bar.  The program for Saturday is:-

12.00   Meet for lunch to be served at 12.30
12.30   Two course lunch
2.00     Leave the hotel for Inveraray Castle
4.15     Return to the hotel for afternoon tea
7.30     Bistro Entertainment featuring a local group “The Brambelles
8.30     Buffet Supper
9.00     More from the Brambelles
10.00  Continue at Leisure

More detailed information can be found on the Gatherings page.  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.


Past Events

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’.

In the May edition of the ‘Scottish Field’ an article was published entitled ‘Park Life’ featuring the gardens, providing quotes from interviews with Minnie and Anthony.

Please contact the website if you have difficulty in obtaining a copy of this article.

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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.


Publication of James Lindsay’s “A Lindsay Family Story”

The late James Lindsay, second son of the 27th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres (Clan Chief: 1913 – 1940), wrote an informal history of his branch of the Lindsays in 1989. It is now being published privately.  It will have about 420 pages, with over 120 illustrations, including some of James’s own work – he was a talented artist.  The price will be £30 (hardback) and £20 (paperback), plus post and packing.  Any interest can be notified to Christopher Arnander at

Further details of this publication, edited by Christopher, are to be found on the Lindsay Publications page under The Lindsay Cupboard tag.  Click here for more information