NameSir William LINDSAY Of The Byres , M
Birth Dateabt 1345
Birth PlaceByres, East Lothian, Scotland
Death Date1414
MotherHeiress Christian MURE Of Abercorn , F (~1329-1387)
Spouses
1UNNAMED , F
Unmarried
ChildrenAndrew , M
Birth Dateabt 1361
Birth PlaceDunottar Castle, Kirncardineshire, Scotland
Marr Datebef 27 Dec 1375
Marr PlaceByres, East Lothian, Scotland
ChildrenJohn , M (~1377-1462)
 William , M (~1379-)
 Alexander , M (~1383-)
Notes for Sir William LINDSAY Of The Byres
[Sir William of the Byries] married Christiana, daughter of Sir William Mure of Abercorn, with whom he obtained that barony,

and had issue:


1. Sir William, his heir.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 391
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Sir William, Lord of the Byres, received, through his wife, Christian, daughter of Sir William Keith, Knight Marischal of Scotland, the barony and castle of Dunnottar,

which lands he afterwards by charter dated 8 March 1392, exchanged with the Keith for the lands of Ochterotherstruther, in Fifeshire, reserving the privilege that the eldest son of the family should be sheltered in the castle during infancy in time of intestine warfare.

On 1 July 1393, he had a charter of said lands from Walter, bishop of St. Andrews, to him and his spouse, upon the resignation of Sir William Keith, and

on 29 June 1393 he had a Crown charter from Robert III of the lands of Pittendreich, in Stirlingshire, upon the resignation of William de Keith and Margaret Mure, his spouse, which lands, on 6 June 1397, he conveyed to William of Elfinstoun.

He granted a charter to the chapel of saint Mary of Drem, for the welfare of the souls of himself and Christian, his spouse, of certain lands and tenements in Drem, circa 1412, and in 1413 founded a chapel to the Holy Trinity in the Cathedral of St. Andrews, to be supported by eight pounds yearly parable from the barony of Aldie, in Strathearn.

He died in 1414.

He married, as before mentioned, Christian Keith,

and had issue:

1. John his heir.
2. William
3. Alexander


Sir William had also a natural son,

Andrew of Garmylton, ancestor of Sir David Lindsay, Lyon King of Arms 1542-55.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 391-2
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Sir William was the father of another Sir William, who obtained by his marriage with Christiana, daughter of Sir William Keith, the hereditary Marischal of Scotland, the barony of Dunotter, with its impregnable castle,
on the dreary coast of Kincardine, which he afterwsards, however, exchanged with his father-in-law for the lordship and castle of Struthers in the more pleasant vales of Fife, which became the chief residence of his posterity, under the service, however, on the part of the Keiths, that in time of war the infant heir of the Lindsays of the Bires should reside with his attendants in Dunotter.

This second Sir William was the father of

Sir John, the first Lord Lindsay of the Byres
; his descendants acted a distinguished part in Scottish history and eventually succeeded, in prejudice of the heirs-male, to the honours of the elder branch, or House of Crawford.

Source: LIVES OF THE LINDSAYS, by Lord Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, Vol. I, London, 1858, pp. 50-53.
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Christian Keith, the youngest [daughter of Sir William Keith and Margaret], married in 1363, Sir John Hay of Tullibody who also possessed the forest of Enzie and Boyne. By this marriage there was a son, Sir John Hay, who married Margaret Stewart, “the King’s Niece,” and had one child, Egidia “Lady of Tullibodie” ...

“Christian Keith married secondly Sir William Lindsay of the Byres, and, on the 5th of August 1378, Sir William Keith conveyed to them the lands of Touch Fraser. This must have been a temporary arrangement as, in 1407, the lands were back in the hands of Margaret Fraser and her husband.”

Source: THE HOUSE OF SETON, A Study of Lost Causes, by Sir Bruce Gordon Seton, Br., C.B., Volume II, Lindsay and Macleod, Edinburgh, 1941, p. 394.
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Notes for Christian (Spouse 2)
He [Sir William] … married Margaret, only child and heiress of John Fraser (and granddaughter of Sir Alexander Fraser, High Chamberlain of Scotland), and Mary, sister of King Robert I.

By her he left issue:

1. John, who married Jean, youngest daughter of King Robert II by Elizabeth Mure ...
2. Sir Robert who Succeeded.
3. Sir Alexander, who had a charter from King Robert III ...
4. Muriella, married, in terms of a papal dispensation dated 4 May 1380 ...
5. Janet, married to Philip de Arbuthnott.
6. Margaret, married to Sir James de Lindsay of Crawford...
7. Elizabeth, married, first, to Sir Adam Gordon of Huntly ...

8. Christian, had dispensation to marry John, son of John Hay of Tulibody, 1 March 1363. Later, before 27 December 1375, she was married to Sir William lindsay of the Byres.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VI, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 35-8
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Christian Keith, the youngest [daughter], married in 1363, Sir John Hay of Tullibody who also possessed the forest of Enzie and Boyne. By this marriage there was a son, Sir John Hay, who married Margaret Stewart, “the King’s Niece,” and had one child, Egidia “Lady of Tullibodie” ...

Christian Keith married secondly Sir William Lindsay of the Byres, and, on the 5th of August 1378, Sir William Keith conveyed to them the lands of Touch Fraser. This must have been a temporary arrangement as, in 1407, the lands were back in the hands of Margaret Fraser and her husband.”

Source: THE HOUSE OF SETON, A Study of Lost Causes, by Sir Bruce Gordon Seton, Br., C.B., Volume II, Lindsay and Macleod, Edinburgh, 1941, p. 394.
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Sir William Lindsey, who obtained by his marriage with Christiana, daughter of Sir William Keith, the hereditary Marischal of Scotland, the barony of Dunotter, with its impregnable castle, on the dreary coast of Kincardine, which he afterwards, however, exchanged with his father-in-law for the lordship and castle of Struthers in the more pleasant vales of Fife, which became the chief residence of his posterity, under the service, however, on the part of the Keiths, that in time of war the infant heir of the Lindsays of the Bires should reside with his attendants in Dunotter.

This ... Sir William was the father of

Sir John, the first Lord Lindsay of the Byres
; his descendants acted a distinguished part in Scottish history and eventually succeeded, in prejudice of the heirs-male, to the honours of the elder branch, or House of Crawford.

Source: LIVES OF THE LINDSAYS, by Lord Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, Vol. I, London, 1858, pp. 50-53.
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William of Keith, Marischal of Scotland, and Margaret [Fraser] his spouse, with joint consent and assent, after full consideration of their common weal and that of their heirs, grant and confirm to Sir William of Lyndesay, Knight, and their well-beloved daughter, Christian [Keith], his spouse, and the longer liver of them, and to the lawful heirs of their bodies; whom failing, to the heirs and assignees of Sir William Lyndesay, the lands of Ochtirothirstruthir, of Wester Markynch, of Petyndreich, with eight pounds annualrent out of the lands of Dunotyr with the castle thereof, in excambion for the lands of Dunotyr and the castle, with all their right pertinents, as in their charters made thereupon : And in case it should happen that William of Keith, or Margaret his spouse, or any of their heirs, successors, or assignees should gainstand the premises in whole or in part, or come in the contrary thereof by word or deed, they bind themselves in the sum of one thousand pounds sterling money of Scotland, to be paid to Sir William Lyndesay and Christian his spouse, and the heirs of their bodies; whom failing, to their heirs and assignees whomsoever, without any gainsaying or exception, in name of skaith and expenses; and further, in the sum of one thousand pounds sterling, in name of penalty, to be proportionally paid to the fabric of the kirks of St. Andrews, Aberdeen, and Glasgow, before they be heard before any judge, spiritual or secular, in plea or complaint anent the premises : With a clause of warrandice in the usual terms : Renouncing for themselves and their heirs all remedy of law, canon and civil, in the contrary of the premises : And for greater faith, Margaret [Fraser], touching the holy evangels, gave her bodily oath not to come at any time in contrary of the premises. They also bind and oblige themselves to surrender of new, at any future time, all charters and evidents of these lands; to grant infeftment therein and fulfil all other things needful for security : For the observance of all which they bind themselves by oath, their heirs and executors, and all their goods, moveable and immoveable, their lands and tenements, to be distrained, taken, poinded, and led away, at the will of Sir William Lyndesay and Christian his spouse, without license of any judge, to be possessed or sold till satisfaction be made. In witness of all which they caused their seals to be appended at Fetheresso, the eighth day of the month of March 1392.

On 14 June 1395 a papal bull was issued by Pope Benedict XIII removing the excommunication placed on William by the Bishop of St. Andrews for building a tower upon the Rock of Dunottar which had been the site of the parish church. The picturesque ruins of Dunnottar remained in the Keith family until their forfeiture in 1716.

Source: KEITH - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~....htm#ROBERT(13)KEITH
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