Earl of Lindsay

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For the creation in the peerage of England, see Earl of Lindsey.
John Lindsay, 20th Earl of Crawford and 4th Earl of Lindsay.

Earl of Lindsay is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was created in 1633 for John Lindsay, 10th Lord Lindsay, who later inherited the ancient Earldom of Crawford. The two earldoms remained united until the death of the twenty-second Earl of Crawford, also sixth Earl of Lindsay. Then the earldom of Lindsay passed to David Lindsay, while the earldom of Crawford became dormant because no-one could prove a claim to the title. That title was revived when a claim was proven in 1848. Both David, 7th Earl of Lindsay, and his successor Patrick, 8th Earl of Lindsay, died without sons, and the disputed claim over the earldom was resolved by the House of Lords in 1878 in favour of Sir John Trotter Bethune, 2nd Baronet.

The subsidiary titles of the Earl are: Viscount of Garnock (created 1703), Lord Lindsay of The Byres (1445), Lord Parbroath (1633) and Lord Kilbirnie, Kingsburn and Drumry (1703), all in the Peerage of Scotland. The title Viscount Garnock is used as the courtesy title for the eldest son and heir to the Earl.

The family seat is Lahill House, near Upper Largo, Fife.

Lords Lindsay of the Byres (1445)[edit]

Earls of Lindsay (1633)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son William James Lindesay-Bethune, Viscount Garnock (b. 1990).

Viscounts of Garnock (1703)[edit]

  • John Lindsay-Crawford, 1st Viscount of Garnock (1669–1708)
  • Patrick Lindsay-Crawford, 2nd Viscount of Garnock (1697–1735)
  • John Lindsay-Crawford, 3rd Viscount of Garnock (1722–1738)
  • George Lindsay-Crawford, 4th Viscount of Garnock (1723–1781) (succeeded as Earl of Crawford and Lindsay in 1749)

For further Viscounts of Garnock, see Earl of Lindsay.

Bethune Baronets, of Kilconquhar (1836)[edit]

  • Sir Henry Lindsay Bethune, 1st Baronet (1787–1851)
  • Sir John Trotter Bethune, 2nd Baronet (1827–1894) (established claim to earldom of Lindsay in 1878)