James Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay

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James Randolph Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay DL, (born 19 November 1955) is a Scottish nobleman, businessman and Conservative politician.

The son of David, Earl of Lindsay and his first wife Mary Douglas-Scott-Montagu, he was educated at Eton, the University of Edinburgh and the University of California, Davis. He succeeded his father as Earl of Lindsay in 1989. He was vice-chairman of the Inter-Party Union Committee on Environment 1994–95, and was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1995–97, during which time he was responsible for agriculture, fisheries and environment. His work has been involved with the environment and the food industry.

In 1982 he married Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald, a granddaughter of Sir Alexander Somerled Angus Bosville Macdonald of Sleat, 16th Baronet; the two have five children:

  • William James Lindesay-Bethune, Viscount of Garnock (b. 30 December 1990)
  • Hon. David Nigel Lindsay-Bethune (b. 1993)
  • Lady Frances Mary Lindsay-Bethune (b. 1986)
  • Lady Alexandra Penelope Lindsay-Bethune (b. 1988)
  • Lady Charlotte Diana Lindsay-Bethune (b. 1993)

The Countess is a Patroness of the Royal Caledonian Ball [1] and a Master of the Fife Foxhounds.[2]

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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
David Lindesay-Bethune
Earl of Lindsay
1989–present
Incumbent