Lindsay, George (DNB00)

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LINDSAY, GEORGE, third Lord Spynie (d. 1671), was the second son of Alexander, second lord Spynie [q. v.], by his second wife, Lady Margaret Hay, only daughter of George, first earl of Kinnoul. He succeeded to the estates on the death of his father in 1646. Like his father he was a staunch supporter of Charles I. He opposed the surrender of the king to the English (Guthry, Memoirs, p. 238), and as colonel of the Stirling and Clackmannan horse took part in the ‘engagement’ for the rescue of the king from the English in 1648. On 20 Dec. 1650 he was appointed one of the colonels of horse for Forfarshire (Balfour, Annals, ii. 211). Being taken prisoner at the battle of Worcester in 1651, he was on 16 Sept. committed to the Tower (Cal. State Papers, Dom. Ser. 1651, p. 432). He was excepted from Cromwell's act of grace in 1654, and on 5 May forfaulted at the Market Cross of Edinburgh (Nicoll, Diary, p. 125), but was reinstated in his possessions at the Restoration, and on the death of Ludovic Lindsay, sixteenth earl of Crawford [q. v.], in 1666, was served his heir, and became the chief representative of the Lindsays. He died without issue before December 1671, when the title, being limited to heirs male, became extinct.

[Sir James Balfour's Annals of Scotland; Nicoll's Diary (Bannatyne Club); Guthry's Memoirs; Calendar of State Papers, Dom. Ser., Cromwellian Period; Lord Lindsay's Lives of the Lindsays; Lindsay Pedigree, by W. A. Lindsay, in the College of Arms; Douglas's Scottish Peerage (Wood), ii. 518.]

T. F. H.