Birth Dateabt 1421
Birth PlaceCrawford, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death Date1453
Death PlaceFinhaven Castle, Angus, Scotland
Burial Date1453
Burial PlaceDunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Burial MemoGrey Friars’ Church
FatherEarl David LINDSAY 3rd Of Crawford , M (~1404-1446)
MotherLady Marjory OGILVIE Of Auchterhouse , F (~1403->1476)
ChildrenAlexander , M (-1493)
Notes for Alexander “The Tiger” (Spouse 1)
He married Marjory, daughter of Alexander Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, who founded a mass for her husband with the Friars Minors at Dundee, and Bishop Ingelram Lindsay of Aberdeen also founded an obit.

Earl David and Marjory (who was living 1476) had issue:

1. Alexander, fourth Earl.

2. Walter of the Arde and Beaufort, Inverness-shire, Edzell, and Kynblethmont, co. Forfar ...
3. William of Lekpquhy ...
4. Sir John, killed at the Battle of Brechin, 1 May 1450, said to be ancestor of the Lindsays of Pittairlie
5. James, who went with the Princess Eleanor Stewart to Germany, and married an heiress near Augsburg
6. Janet, married, before 1440, to William, sixth Earl of Douglas ...
7. Elizabeth, married to Thomas Maule of Panmure, who died 1498.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol III, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 18-21

Alexander, fourth Earl of Crawford, was knighted in his father’s lifetime. Succeeding 1446, he sat in Parliament 1449, sat as Sheriff in Aberdeen, 6 october 1450, was Commissioner of truce and ambassador 1451, and guardian of the Marches 1453.

Earl Alexander, having entered into a league with the Earl of Douglas, rose in rebellion, but was defeated by the King’s army under the Earl of Huntly at Brechin on Ascension Day, 18 May 1452. Being under attainder, he, according to Lindsay of Pitscottie, addressed the King in a long speech, asking for mercy for his relations and vassals. He was pardoned, but that a vow made by the King might be literally kept, the Sovereign went with him to Finhaven Castle, and mounting the keep, threw the highest stone of the building to the ground.

This Earl was named “Earl Beardie,” or the “Tiger Earl,” from the length of his beard and stern appearance.

He died in 1453, and was buried at the Grey Friar’s Church, Dundee, with his predecessors.

Earl Alexander married Margaret, daughter and heiress of Sir David Dunbur of Cockburn, co. Berwick, and Auchtermonzie, co. Fife, which last barony was granted for the heroic defence of King James I when he was assassinated in 1437. She was afterwards married to Sir William Wallace of Craigie, and in frequent litigation 1474-96.

The Earl had issue by her:

1. David, fifth Earl, Duke of Montrose
2. Alexander, who inherited his mother’s estates, and was styled of Auchtermonzie till 1513, when he succeeded his nephew as seventh Earl.
3. Elizabeth, a daughter, is said to have been married to John, first Lord Drummond.

Earl Alexander had also a natural son, Alexander, who was admitted to holy orders, and became rector of Balhelvie and canon of Aberdeen. He died September 1493. According to the Auchinleck Chronicle, buried at Dundee.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol III, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 21-22
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