James Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay

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The Earl of Lindsay

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
6 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded bySir Hector Monro
Succeeded bySam Galbraith
Government Whip
In office
12 January 1995 – 6 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Lord Inglewood
Succeeded byThe Earl of Courtown
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
1 October 1989
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byThe 15th Earl of Lindsay
Personal details
Born19 November 1955 (1955-11-19) (age 63)
Political partyConservative
FatherDavid Lindsay, 15th Earl of Lindsay
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
University of California, Davis

James Randolph Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay, DL (born 19 November 1955) is a Scottish 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. Between 2012 and 2017, Lord Lindsay was President of the National Trust of Scotland.

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:

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

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


  1. ^ "Patronesses". Royal Caledonian Ball.
  2. ^ "Aristocrat Countess of Lindsay strips off for fox hunt fund". Daily Express. Retrieved 28 March 2016.


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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
David Lindesay-Bethune
Earl of Lindsay