Lindsay was born at Muncaster Castle, the third son of James Lindsay, 24th Earl of Crawford, and the Hon. Maria, daughter of John Pennington, 1st Baron Muncaster. The Hon. Sir James Lindsay was his elder brother.
Lindsay sat as Member of Parliament for Abingdon between 1865 and 1874. He was also a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Grenadier Guards and Colonel in the St George's Rifle Regiment and served as a Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria.
Lindsay married Emilia Anne, daughter of the Very Reverend the Hon. Henry Montague Browne, Dean of Lismore, in 1851. His daughter Violet Lindsay was an artist. She married Henry Manners, 8th Duke of Rutland and was the mother of Lady Diana Cooper. Emilia Anne died in February 1873. Lindsay survived her by 16 years and died in March 1889, aged 72.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Charles Lindsay
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