The Late Countess of Crawford

Ruth Beatrice Crawford

Ruth’s Funeral Service

on 15th October 2021

The service was conducted by the Reverend David Scott in the Drawing Room at Balcarres House, attended by family and close friends.   Due to so many people being unable to attend, it was lived streamed on-line for other members and people who knew her to watch the service round the world.  Individual tributes were paid by Ruth’s two daughters, Bettina and Iona, and two sons, Anthony and Alexander.  A collective reading was also given by eleven of Ruth’s thirteen grandchildren.

Anthony, Lord Balniel, read a tribute on behalf of his father which had been prepared largely by Lord Crawford a number of years ago.  Piano pieces and accompaniments to the hymns were played by Michael Chamberlain and contributions were also made by a small choir of singers from St Andrew’s University.

Following a short interlude, the willow coffin was taken from the Drawing Room, down the main staircase and out of the front door, carried by four of her grandchildren.  A number of local people had gathered at the front entrance to pay their respects as Ruth left the house.  The Clan Lindsay piper led the procession from the front door to the awaiting hearse.  Following the cremation, her grave will be located on the south east 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.”

All who knew her will remember, with love, her generous minded and kind personality for many years to come.

–  Editor


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.

She had been suffering over the past few years from the effects of a serious stroke from which she never fully recovered.  Only recently she attended the christening of her new great grandson, Ludovic, in the chapel at Balcarres and earlier in the year she was able to greet visitors to her beloved garden at Balcarres for the annual open day.  Her family and all who knew her will miss her greatly.  A private funeral service was held on 15th October at Balcarres House.  The attached picture of her was taken at the Master of Lindsay’s wedding in September 2018.

Members of The Clan Lindsay Society sent their sincere condolences and joined with Members of the other Clan organisations from USA and Australia to prepare a wreath reflecting Lindsay tartan colours.  This picture of Lord Crawford was taken just after the funeral admiring the wreath and showing their appreciation with his two daughters, Bettina and Iona, and grand daughter, Tamsin.

–  Editor