NameUNNAMED , F
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1502
Birth PlaceEdzell, Forfarshire, Scotland
Death Date20 Sep 1558
Death PlaceInvermark, Angus, Scotland
FatherMaster Walter LINDSAY Of Edzell , M (~1475-1513)
Unmarried
ChildrenJanet , F
Notes for David (Spouse 1)
VIII. David, eighth Earl of Crawford ... obtained a new charter of entail 2 September 1527. ... His son, Alexander, ... having been indicted 16 February 1531 and found guilty of a number of crimes, and so being disqualified from succession, renounced all his rights on 20 March March 1537, whereupon the Earl obtained a new charter, dated 16 October 1541, propelling the earldom to David, son of his second cousin, Walter Lindsay, younger of Edzell, deceased, with the same ultimate remainders as in 1527. He also assigned to Edzel all his letters of reversion for lands mortgaged.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol III, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 25-26
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It so happened, indeed, that David of Edzell was peculiarly acceptable to the aged [8th] Earl. He had stood over by his side as his protector and friend, had released him from the captivity into which his son had cast him, and had shewn him throughout these years of suffering the love that was his due as the chief of his clan, and an earnest anxiety to preserve the family from ruin. It was therefore with the confidence of gaining a son in liew of the one who had forsaken him, that the old Earl presented him to King James as his rightful heir, and executed a long seried of charters by which he invested him in fee of all his lands and revenues, and finally settled on him the barony of Auchtermonzie and lands of Cairnie, inherited from his grandmother, Moaret of Dunbar - no convayed by the entail of 1474, and to which Edzell consequently had no right - in token, as he expresses it, of his “cordial love” and grateful acknowledgement.

All these charter were confirmed by King James, who executed, in Earl David’s resignation, an especial charter of entail, under the Great Seal, dated the 16th of October, 1541, in virtue of which the whole “Comitatus,” or Earldom, with all its rights of regality and otherwise was conveyed to David Lindsay of Edzell and the neirs-male of his body, whom failing, to the next male descendants, enumerated seriatim, of the House of Edzell, and the heirs-male respectively of their bodies, whom failing to his remoter kinsmen, the Lindsays of Evelick and Dowhill successively, and finally, on the contingency of all these lines becoming extinct, to his own nearest heirs-male, bearing the name and arms of Lindsay, for ever.

Source: LIVES OF THE LINDSAYS, ... Houses of Crawford and Balcarres, by Lord Lindsay, Vol. 1, London, 1858, pp. 196-7
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IX. David, ninth Earl of Crawford, retoured heir to his grandfather, Sir David Lindsay of Edzell, 9 December 1532.


He was made fiar of the earldom by the royal charter of 16 October 1541, and having succeeded his cousin in 1542, sat in Parliament as Earl 13 March 1542-43. He was a member of the Privy Council 5 October 1546.

The negotiations for his succession to the earldom in consequence of the forfeiture of the ‘Wicked Master,’ required the approval of the Crown, and he signed a bond on 28 September 1541 to resign the earldom when called upon into the hands of the King ‘ad perpetuam remanentiam.’ It was presumably the intention of all the parties concerned, including himself, that he should be life-tenant of the earldom, and stand in loco parentis to the natural heir. Accordingly, David, son of the Wicked Master, having been adopted by Earl David, was by a new royal charter dated 2 May 1546, made fiar of the earldom, with remainder, failing issue of the said David, to the substitutes mentioned in the charter of 16 October 1541 The new Master thereupn executed a bond accepting the conditions, and binding himself on failure, to again resign the earldom for himself and his heirs for ever. The documents are printed in the Crawford Case, 1845-48.

The tenure of the ninth Earl was greatly to the advantage of the estate, for he and his second wife redeemed several mortgages.

(1) The Earl married, first, Jonet, daughter of Lord Gray and widow of Thomas, Lord Fraser of Lovat, who had died 21 October 1524. She had conjunct fee of the barony of Ferne, as wife of David Lindsay of Edzell, 12 June 1525. Her will is dated at Edzell 5 February 1549-50. She had no issue by Earl David.

(2) The Earl married, secondly, Catherine, daughter of Sir John Campbell of Calder (by Muriella, daughter and co-heir of John, eldest son of the thane of Cawdor), and the widow of James, Master of Ogilvie. She was infeft in the barony of Ferne as wife of Earl David 12 November 1550.

Countess Catherine was a woman of great talent, and her dealings with land and money are recorded in a large collection of writs in the possession of the Earl of Crawford. She died at Brechin Castle 1 October 1578, having made her testament on 10 June and 10 August previously, in which she mentions her children, Ogilvies and Lindsays with much detail.

Earl David died 20 September 1558, at Invermark, having made a deathbed will, confirmed 1 October, constituting his widow executrix and guardian, and desiring to be buried at Edzell.

Earl David and his second wife had issue five sons and two daughters:

1. Sir David Lindsay of Edzell
2. John, rector of Lethnot, Secretary of State, Lord Menmuir, ancestor of the present Earl of Crawford.
3. Sir Walter Lindsay of Balgavies
4. James, parson of Fettercairn.
5. Robert Lindsay, of Balhall.
6. Elizabeth, who was married to Patrick, third Lord Drummond.
7. Margaret, married to John, Lord Innermeath, afterward Earl of Atholl. Contract dated 27 October 1580.

Earl David had also a natural daughter, Janet, married to William Marshall, son and heir of George Marshall of Auchnacrie (contract dated 13 March 1562). She was married secondly, before 22 August 1594, to George Jamesone.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol III, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 27-29
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David Lindsay of Edzell succeeded as ninth Earl of Crawford on the death of the eighth Earl, through the forfeiture of his son Alexander, generally known as the “Wicked Master,’ but reconveyed the earldom to the son of that latter.

He had issue by his second wife, Catherine, daughter of Sir John Campbell of Calder, widow of James, Master of Ogilvie.
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