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Where did the Scottish Lindsay family come from? What is the Scottish Lindsay family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lindsay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lindsay family history?

The Lindsay family originally lived in the parish of Lindsay in the northern English county of Northumberland. Ealdric de Lindsay held estates in both Normandy and in Lincolnshire, England. He was a tenant of English estates for the Earl of Chester.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lindsay, Lyndsay, Lyndsey, Lindesey, Lindsey and many more.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow where they were descended from Randolph Lord of Toeni who was banished by Duke William from Normandy in 1058 along with many other knights. He settled on the borders of Lincolnshire and Leicestershire and erected a barony known as Linesi including Belvoir Castle. When the Duke of Normandy invaded England he was again forced to move and settled on the lands of Crawford in Lanarkshire Scotland. Earl David of Huntingdon then King David of Scotland confirmed the lands to the Clan in 1124.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lindsay research. Another 549 words(39 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1340, 1513, 1483, 1513, 1618, 1659, 1652, 1722, 1552, 1598, 1597, 1598, 1679, 1737, 1788, 1713, 1652, 1722 and are included under the topic Early Lindsay History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 225 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lindsay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lindsay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lindsay Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Lindsay settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Christopher Lindsay, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1668
  • Thomas Lindsay settled in Virginia in 1699

Lindsay Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Lindsay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1708
  • Donald Lindsay, who landed in New York in 1739
  • Philip Lindsay, who landed in Virginia in 1791
  • Joseph Lindsay, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1798

Lindsay Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Lindsay, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Richard Lindsay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Robert Lindsay, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Susan Lindsay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Esabella Lindsay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816


  • John Vliet Lindsay, American politician, mayor of New York City (196673)
  • Howard Lindsay (1889-1968), American theatrical producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor awarded a 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Teamed with Russel Crouse they won a Tony Award for Best Musical for The Sound of Music
  • Lieutenant-General Richard Clark Lindsay (1905-1990), American Commander of the Allied Air Forces in Southern Europe, Naples, Italy (1957-1960)
  • Arthur Morgan Lindsay (b. 1953), American guitarist, singer, record producer and experimental composer
  • Nicholas Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931), American poet
  • Mark Lindsay (b. 1942), American musician, best known as the lead singer for Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • Maurice Lindsay (b. 1918), Scottish poet
  • Wallace Martin Lindsay (1858-1937), Scottish classical scholar, Professor of Humanity at St Andrews University
  • Alexander Dunlop "Sandie" Lindsay CBE (1879-1952), 1st Baron Lindsay of Birker, Scottish academic and peer
  • Frederic Lindsay (1933-2013), Scottish crime writer



  • The Albermarle Lindseys (also Lindsay) and their Descendants by Gordon C. Jones.
  • The Descendants of 1. Thomas John Weston Lindsey (also Lindsay) and Mary Kaala Fay and The Descendants of 2. George Kynaston Lindsey (also Linday) by John Vincent Duey.
  • Grandpas, Inlaws, and Outlaws: (a Lindsay Family Genealogy) by Kenneth Gene Lindsy.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Endure fort
Motto Translation: Endure with strength.


Lindsay Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Lindsay
Bayer, Bayers, Berres, Beyers, Bires, Birres, Birse, Bushes, Busses, Buyers, Byars, Byas, Byass, Byer, Byers, Byres, Byris, Cobb, Cobbe, Cobbs, Deuchar, Deuchars, Dewiny, Dewney, Doona, Doonand, Doonane, Doonant, Doonen, Doonend, Doonent, Dooney, Doonind, Doonint, Doonyn, Doonynd, Douney, Dounie, Douny, Downey, Downie, Downy, Duenny, Dueny, Duney, Dunney, Dunny, Duny, Duwney, Eldowney and more.


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  3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Lindsay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lindsay Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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