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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.


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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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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 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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