James Lindsay (Conservative politician)

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The Honourable
James Lindsay
Member of Parliament for North Devon
In office
26 May 1955 – 8 October 1959
Preceded by Christopher Peto
Succeeded by Jeremy Thorpe
Personal details
Born (1906-12-16)16 December 1906
Died 27 August 1997(1997-08-27) (aged 90)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Bronwen Scott-Ellis
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford

James Louis Lindsay (16 December 1906 – 27 August 1997) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Background and education[edit]

Lindsay was the second and youngest son of David Lindsay, 27th Earl of Crawford, and Constance Lilian, daughter of Sir Henry Pelly, 3rd Baronet. David Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford, was his elder brother. He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford.[1]

Political career[edit]

Lindsay fought in the Second World War as a Major in the King's Royal Rifle Corps.[1] At the 1955 general election he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for North Devon, succeeding Christopher Peto. He served for one term until the 1959 election,[2] when he lost his seat by only 362 votes to the Liberal candidate Jeremy Thorpe,[3] who went on to become his party's leader.


Lindsay came from a political family, and was elected to Parliament in the same election as his nephew Lord Balniel (who represented Hertford, also as a Conservative). He married the Hon. Bronwen Mary, daughter of Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden, in 1933. They had three sons and one daughter. He died in August 1997, aged 90.[1]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Christopher Peto
Member of Parliament for North Devon
Succeeded by
Jeremy Thorpe