Likely derived from the region of Lindsey in England (the name of which comes from the Old English for “island of Lincoln”) the Lindsays were prominent in both Scotland and England from the late 11th century.
The family would go on to control the lands of Ercildum, Crawford and Luffness in the Scottish Lowlands and would at one time call Crawford Castle and Edzell Castle their clan seat. It is Edzell Castle in Angus that remains a legacy of the Lindsay clan today – having been built by David Lindsay, 9th Earl of Crawford in the 16th century.
The current clan chief is Robert Lindsay, 29th Earl of Crawford. His clan seat is Balcarres House in Fife – another building constructed by David Lindsay, 9th Earl of Crawford.