William Alexander Lindsay
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William Alexander Lindsay (1846 - 1926)

Portcullis Pursuivant - UK (1883 - 1894)

Windsor Herald - UK (1894 - 1919)

Norroy King of Arms - UK (1919 - 1922)

Clarenceux King of Arms - UK (1922 - 1926)



William Alexander Lindsay was born 8 June 1846 in Scotland and died 13 September 1926.  William Alexander Lindsay was the eldest son of the Honorable Colin Lindsay and Lady Frances Howard.  His father, Colin Lindsay (1819 – 1892), was the fourth son of James Lindsay (1783-1869), 24th Earl of Crawford. 

On 7 May 1870, William Alexander Lindsay married Lady Harriet Gordon, a daughter of Sir George John James Hamilton-Gordon, the 5th Earl of Aberdeen and Mary Baillie. 

William Alexander Lindsay was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.  His heraldic career began in 1883 when he was appointed Portcullis Pursuivant in Ordinary at the College of Arms.  In 1894 he was promoted  to the office of Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary.  In 1919, he was again promoted Norroy King of Arms after Charles Athill was promoted to Clarenceux King of Arms.  Three years later, William Alexander Lindsay followed Charles Athill to the role of Clarenceux upon Athill’s death.  William Alexander Lindsay held the Clarenceux office from 1922 until his death in 1926.

William Alexander Lindsay and Harriet Gordon were the parents of seven children, five sons and two daughters.

More information regarding this Lindsay lineage can be found by clicking on the Lunga Web Site.

Our thanks to Johanna, the great-great granddaughter, of William Alexander Lindsay, for providing a digital copy of this fine portrait and authorizing Lindsay International to publish it with his biographical sketch.