NameSir Alexander de LINDSAY Of Crawford , M
Birth Dateabt 1268
Birth PlaceCrawford, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death Dateaft 1309
Death PlaceCrawford, Lanarkshire, Scotland
FatherSir David de LINDSAY , M (~1240-~1268)
Spouses
Marr Dateabt 1290
ChildrenDavid , M (~1292-<1357)
 Alexander , M (~1294-)
 Reginald , M (~1296-)
 William , M (~1300-<1339)
 Beatrice , F (~1305-<1352)
Notes for Sir Alexander de LINDSAY Of Crawford
Sir Alexander de Lindsay was found by inquisition heir to David in Tynedale 1279, and his ward was granted to John Comyn of Badenoch and Tynedale, whose mother, Alicia, was apparently a Lindsay.

In 1289 he was present as a baron in the Parliament of Brigham. He was knighted by King Edward I, but espoused the cause of Robert Bruce and was a compaion of Sir William Wallace.

Nevertheless, he had done homage to King Edward 28 August 1296, who summoned him on military service in Flanders September 1297. He must have refused to obey, for he was ordered by Edward I to be banished from Scotland for six months, and all his lands were forfeited by King Edward II.

According to Boece, he was killed at the battle of Stirling, but he was present in Parliament in 1308. He previously—as surmised from a charter of his son’s—acquired posession of Crawford.

There is reason to believe that his [Sir Alexander de Lindsay’s] wife was a sister of James, Steward of Scotland.

He left issue:

1. Sir David
2. Alexander, who was imprisoned at Carlisle, 1308-1314, became a knight banneret, and was ancestor, as alleged, of the Lindsays of Ormiston, afterwards represented by Cockburn of Langton.
3. Reginald, prisoner at Carlisle with his brother.
4. William, Rector of Ayr, and Chamberlain of Scotland in 1317, whose close connection with the house of Crawford suggests this affiliation. He died befor 5 Kal. January 1339.
5. Beatrix, married first, to Sir Archibald Douglas, and was mother of the first Earl of Douglas; secondly, to Sir Rober Erskine of Erskine, Great Chamberlain of Scotland

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol III, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 9-10.
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Fortune however, or rather Providence, soon smiled on [Robert] Bruce. He quitted his retreat, landed in Scotland, and his career was thenforth one of victory, the brightest page in Scottish history. Sir Alexander Lindsay, after invading Galloway in 1307, in company with Edward Bruce and Sir James Douglas, the “good Lord James” of history and tradition, - after sitting as one of the great barons in the parliament of the 16th March, 1308-9, which acknowledged Robert Bruce as lawful King of Scotland, - and granting a charter of lands near Montrose to the dominican monks of Cupar in Angus, disappears from the scene.

Note: Sir Alexander is ranked first after the great officers of the Crown, Thomas Randolph, and “Jacobus dominus de Douglas.

Source: LIVES OF THE LINDSAYS, by Lord Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, Vol. I, London, 1858, p. 42.
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In 1297 the Scottish estates, including Crawford, were bestowed by the Scottish nation on Sir Alexander de Lindsay of Luffness,
great grandson of William de Linsday of Lufness;
grandson of Sir David Lindsay, Lord of Brenwevil and the Byres, justiciary of Lothian 1242-9, and a party to the treaty of 1244;
and son of Sir David, who was chamberlain of Scotland in 1255, and is supposed to have died in the crusades in 1268.

Sir Alexander, was also High chamberlain of Scotland under Alexander III.

He was one of the barons who, in 1296, swore fealth to Edward I, but soon afterwards joined Wallace. On 9 July 1297 he, however, swore fealty to Edward, and at the same time became surety for Robert Bruce, earl of Carrick.

On 31 Aug. 1298 he received the lands of James, late steward of Scotland. Subsequently he, however, again joined the patriotic party and was one of those excepted by Edward in 1304-5 from the general pardon then proclaimed.

He was one of the barons who in the convention of 1309 acknowledged Robert Bruce as sovereign.

Source: DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY, edited by Sidney Lee, Vol. 33, London 1893. pp. 300.
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Notes for UNNAMED (Spouse 1)
He [Sir James de Lindsay, Lord of Crawford and Kirkmichael] married Egidia, daughter of Walter, Steward of Scotland, and half-sister of King Robert II. A papal dispensation for this marriage was granted at Avigon 3 Ides of April 1346, which describes the spouses as within the third and fourth degree on the father’s side, and in the fourth degree on the mother’s.

A strong inference thus arises that Sir James’ grandmother, wife of Sir Alexander, was daughter to the Steward.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol III, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 11.
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