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Balcarres, Earl of (S, 1650/1)


Creation: let. pat. 9 Jan 1650/1


Family name: Lindsay




Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Gules a Fess checky Argent and Azure; 2nd and 3rd, Or a Lion rampant Gules surmounted of a Cost Sable, all within a Bordure Azure powdered with fourteen Stars Or


A Tent Azure fringed and powdered with Stars Or the top thereof a Vane Gules


On either side a Lion sejant guardant Gules gorged with a Collar Azure charged with three Stars Or


Astra, Castra, Numen, Lumen, Munimen



Alexander [Lindsay], 2nd Lord Lindsay of Balcarres later 1st Earl of Balcarres, PC

1st son and heir of David [Lindsay], 1st Lord Lindsay of Balcarres, by his wife and first cousin once removed Lady Sophia Seton, 5th dau. by his first wife of Alexander [Seton], 1st Earl of Dunfermline


6 Jul 1618


after Apr 1640 his first cousin Lady Anne Mackenzie (mar. (2) 28 Jan 1670 as his second wife Archibald [Campbell], 9th Earl of Argyll;  d. 2 May 1707), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Colin [Mackenzie], 1st Earl of Seaforth, by his wife Lady Margaret Seton, 3rd dau. by his first wife of Alexander [Seton], 1st Earl of Dunfermline


1. Hon David Lindsay, Master of Balcarres (bapt. 3 Jun 1641; d. an infant)

2. Hon John Lindsay, Master of Balcarres (bapt. 9 Oct 1648; d. an infant)

1. Hon Charles Lindsay, later 2nd Earl of Balcarres

2. Hon Colin Lindsay, later 3rd Earl of Balcarres

1. Lady Henrietta Lindsay (d. after 11 Jul 1707), mar. bef. 28 Feb 1679/80 Sir Duncan Campbell of Auchinbreck, 4th Bt., MP, and had issue

2. Lady Anne Lindsay, a nun (bapt. 29 Nov 1642)

3. Lady Sophie Lindsay (bapt. 9 Oct 1649; dsp. 1698), mar. Feb 1676 her stepbrother Col Hon Charles Campbell MP, 3rd son of Archibald [Campbell], 9th Earl of Argyll, by his first wife Lady Mary Stewart, 1st dau. of James [Stewart], 4th Earl of Moray


30 Aug 1659


9 Jan 1650/1 Lord Lindsay and Balniel and Earl of Balcarres, "sibi, ejusque heredibus masculis talliae, et provisionis in ejus infeofamentis expressis, seu exprimendis"

suc. by



suc. his father Mar 1640/1 as 2nd Lord Lindsey of Balcarres;  took the part of the Covenanters against the King; Privy Councillor [S] 1641;  at the battles of Marston Moor 1644 and Alford 1645; Governor of Edinburgh Castle 1645;  supported King Charles II on his return to Scotland; Hereditary Governor of the Castle of Edinburgh and High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1651;  in command of the King's troops north of the Forth 1651; surrendered to Cromwell after the Battle of Worcester 1651; Secretary of State for Scotland to the exiled King Charles II


Charles [Lindsay], 2nd Earl of Balcarres


7 Feb 1651


15 Oct 1662

suc. by



Colin [Lindsay], 3rd Earl of Balcarres, PC


23 Aug 1652

mar. (1)

c.1670 Lady Mauritia de Nassau (bur.spms. 14 Aug 1671), dau. of Louis de Nassau, Baron of Lecke and Beverwaet (by his wife Elizabeth, dau. of Jean, Count of Hornes, Seigneur de Kessel), illegitimate son of Maurice, Prince of Orange

mar. (2)

Lady Jean Carnegie (dspms. c.1680), 1st dau. of David [Carnegie], 2nd Earl of Northesk, by his wife Lady Jean Maule, 1st dau. by his first wife of Patrick [Maule], 1st Earl of Panmure

children by second wife

1. Hon Charles Lindsay, Master of Balcarres (bapt. 1675; d. an infant)

2. Hon Colin Lindsay, Master of Balcarres (bapt. 1680; d. an infant)

1. Lady Anne Lindsay (bapt. 20 May 1674; d. 4 Feb 1742/3), mar. (1) 11 Jun 1699 Alexander [Erskine], 4th Earl of Kellie, and (2) bef. 16 Apr 1714 James [Seton], 3rd Viscount Kingston, and had issue by her first husband

mar. (3)

Lady Jean Ker, only dau. of William [Drummond later Ker], 2nd Earl of Roxburghe, by his wife Hon Jean Ker, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Hon Harry Ker, styled Lord Ker (by his wife Lady Margaret Hay, only dau. of William [Hay], 10th Earl of Erroll), 1st son and heir ap. of Robert [Ker], 1st Earl of Roxburghe, by his second wife Hon Jean Drummond, 3rd dau. by his first wife of Patrick [Drummond], 3rd Lord Drummond

children by third wife

3. Capt Hon Colin Lindsay, Master of Balcarres, ADC to 1st Duke of Marlborough (dvp. Nov 1708)

2. Lady Margaret Lindsay (dsp. bef. 8 Feb 1711), mar. 14 Mar 1697/8 (div. 1708) as his first wife her third half-cousin John [Fleming], 6th Earl of Wigtown, and had issue

mar. (4)

bef. 4 Jul 1689 Lady Margaret Campbell (d. May 1747), dau. of James [Campbell], 2nd Earl of Loudoun, by his wife Lady Margaret Montgomerie, 2nd dau. by his second wife of Hugh [Montgomerie], 7th Earl of Eglinton

children by fourth wife

4. Hon Alexander Lindsay, later 4th Earl of Balcarres

5. Hon James Lindsay, later 5th Earl of Balcarres

3. Lady Eleanor Lindsay (d. 7 Aug 1735), mar. Mar 1726 Hon James Fraser of Lonmay (d. 10 Aug 1729), 3rd son of William [Fraser], 12th Lord Saltoun of Abernethy, and had issue

4. Lady Elizabeth Lindsay (d. 1745)


Nov 1721

suc. by

son by fourth wife


Privy Councillor 1680 and 1705;  Sheriff of Fifeshire 1682;  Commissioner of the Scottish Treasury 1686; took part in the 1715 Rising but later pardoned


Alexander [Lindsay], 4th Earl of Balcarres




1718 Elizabeth Scott (d. 14 Sep 1778), dau. of David Scott of Scotstarvet, co. Fife


s.p. 25 Jul 1736

suc. by



a Representative Peer for Scotland 1734-36; became heir male of the Lindsays on the death of David Lindsay of Edzell 1744


James [Lindsay], 5th Earl of Balcarres


14 Nov 1691


24 Oct 1749 Anne Dalrymple (b. 25 Dec 1727; d. 20 Nov 1820), dau. of Sir Robert Dalrymple of Castleton, by his second wife Anne Cunningham, dau. of Sir William Cunningham of Caprington


1. Hon Alexander Lindsay, later 6th Earl of Balcarres later de jure 23rd Earl of Crawford

2. Hon Robert Lindsey of Balcarres (b. 25 Jan 1754; d. 18 May 1836), mar. 25 Nov 1788 Elizabeth Dick (d. 4 Jul 1835), dau. of Sir Alexander Dick of Prestonfield, 3rd Bt., and had issue

3. Brig Gen Hon Colin Lindsay, ADC to the King (b. 5 Apr 1755; d. 1796)

4. Capt Hon James Stair Lindsay, mortally wounded at Cuddalore in an engagement with the French Mahrattas (b. 16 Dec 1758; d. 13 Jun 1783)

5. Hon William Lindsay (d. 1785)

6. Rt Rev and Hon Charles Dalrymple Lindsay PC DD, Bishop of Kildare 1804-46 (b. 15 Dec 1760; d. 8 Aug 1846), mar. (1) 1 Jan 1790 Elizabeth Fudell (d. 7 Feb 1797), only dau. of Thomas Fudell, of Boston, co. Lincoln, and (2) 2 Jun 1798 Catherine Eliza Coussmaker, dau. of Evert George Coussmaker, of Dane Court, co. Kent, and had issue by both wives

7. Lt Col Hon John Lindsay (b. 15 Mar 1762; dsp. 6 Mar 1826), mar. 2 Apr 1800 Lady Charlotte North, a Lady of the Bedchamber to Charlotte, Princess of Wales (d. 25 Oct 1849), 3rd dau. of Frederick [North], 2nd Earl of Guildford, by his wife Anne Speke, dau. and hrss. by his third wife of George Speke, of White Lackington, co. Somerset

8. Hon Hugh Primrose Lindsay, of Plaistow Lodge, co. Kent, a Director of the Hon East India Company, Marshal of the Court of Admiralty (b. 30 Oct 1765; d. 23 Apr 1844), mar. 14 Jan 1799 Jane Gordon (d. 26 May 1865), 2nd dau. of Hon Alexander Gordon, a Lord of Session as Lord Rockville (by his wife Anne Dalrymple-Crichton, widow of William [Dalrymple-Crichton], 5th Earl of Dumfries and 4th Earl of Stair, and dau. of William Duff of Crombie), 3rd son by his third wife of William [Gordon], 2nd Earl of Aberdeen, and had issue

1. Lady Anne Lindsay (b. 27 Nov 1750; dsp. 6 May 1825), mar. 31 Oct 1793 Andrew Barnard, son of Rt Rev Thomas Barnard DD, Bishop of Limerick

2. Lady Margaret Janet Lindsay (b. 14 Feb 1753; dsp. 1 Dec 1814), mar. (1) 26 Jun 1770 Alexander Fordyce, of Roehampton, co. Surrey, and (2) 8 Sep 1812 as his second wife Sir James Bland Burges later Lamb, Bt.

3. Lady Elizabeth Scot Lindsay (b. 11 Oct 1763; d. 26 May 1858), mar. 24 Jul 1782 Philip [Yorke], 3rd Earl of Hardwicke, and had issue


20 Feb 1768

suc. by



joined his father in the 1715 Rising and fought at the Battle of Sherrifmuir; pardoned and commissioned as Lt in the Royal North British Regiment of Dragoons (Scots Greys) ; at the Battle of Dettingen 1743 but retired after the Battle of Fontenoy 1745


Alexander [Lindsay], 6th Earl of Balcarres later de jure 23rd Earl of Crawford


suc. his kinsman George [Lindsay], 22nd Earl of Crawford, 30 Jan 1808 as de jure 23rd Earl of Crawford


The Earldom of Balcarres has been held by the Earls of Crawford since 30 Jan 1808.


 Last updated 17 Mar 2005



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