The Lindsay family

My maternal great grandfather was James Lindsay who was born in Tannadice, Angus on 28 July 1858 and who died aged almost 95 on 1 March 1953 in Kirriemuir, Angus. His parents were John Lindsay (1816-1898) (see below) and Jane Stark (1825-1907) who married on 30 January 1853 in Kennettles, Angus. Together they had seven children between 1851-1866: Agnes (1851-1864); John (1854-1924), Jean (1856-1937); James (1858-1953); Mary (1860-1937); Stewart Middleton (1863-1886); and David (1866-1943). Some details about them are provided below.


My great great grandfather John’s father was David Lindsay (1784-1858) (see below) and his mother was Mary Duncan (1789-1855). The exact date of their marriage is not known, but was probably around 1815 since David and Mary had three children born between 1816-1830. David’s parents appear to have been George Lindsay (see below) and Elspeth Findlay who had at least two other sons: Robert and George (see below).


My great grandfather James Lindsay married Eliza Jane Drummond on 24 June 1881 in Little Brechin, Angus. Eliza was born on 20 July 1858 in Brechin to William Drummond (1819-1884) and Elisabeth Ann Duncan (1825-1891) who married on 31 December 1850 in Lethnot and Navar, Angus. Elisabeth was the fifth of six children and died in Kirriemuir on 24 April 1936. Details of her maternal ancestors can be found on another page.  James and Eliza had ten children between 1882-1902: John (1882-1970); Jane (1885-1960); Eliza (1886-1963); James (1887-1954); Stewart (1889-); Annie (1893-1975); William (1896-1975); David (1898-1970); Alexander Ogilvie (1900-1969); and Albert (1902-1956.)


The family home of James and Eliza Lindsay was at Sidlaw View, 41 Victoria St, Kirriemuir to where they had moved in the 1920s.  An old newspaper cutting from probably a Kirriemuir paper gives photos of four sons and two sons-in-law of Mr and Mrs James Lindsay of  Northmuir, Kirriemuir serving the colours (i.e. during 1st World War). The photos show, left to right, Private W. Lindsay, 3/5th Black Watch; Sergeant D. Lindsay, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; Trooper S. Lindsay, Scottish Horse; Lance-Corporal J. Lindsay, Scottish Horse; Driver G. Milne (Canadians); Sergeant H. G. Taylor, Grenadier Guards.

John Lindsay (1816-1898)


My great grandfather James's father, John Lindsay was born on 16 November 1816 in Tannadice, Angus, the eldest son and possibly eldest child of David Lindsay (see below) and Mary Duncan. John died on 11 May 1898 at Craigton, Cortachy, Angus. He married Jane Stark on 30 January 1853 in Kinnettles, Angus. Jane was born on 21 November 1825 in Oathlaw, Angus and died in Kirriemuir on 10 April 1907. She was the apparently illegitimate daughter of Peter Stark and Agnes Walker, who subsequently married John Stiven (Stephen). Agnes’s parents were John Walker and Ann Anderson who married on 20 December 1799 in Brechin, Angus and both of whom died before 1851. They had four children between 1800-1809, with Agnes being the second born. William, the eldest, married Margaret Nicoll and they had five children.


John and Jane had seven children: Agnes (1851-1864); John (1854-1924); Jean (1856-1937); James (see above); Mary (1860-1937); Stewart Middleton (1863-1886); and David (1866-1943.) Their spouses and descendants are given in the Lindsay family tree. I may provide census details at a future date. However, it is interesting to point out here that John Lindsay and Jane Stark's eldest son, also John, married Mary Turner in 1873 and had eight children between 1874-1891, one of whom, James Reid Lindsay, born 29 January 1880, married Florence Young in 1907 and after two children subsequently emigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where they had another seven children born. Full details of this family (as well as all the other Lindsays here can be found on the Lindsays of Cortachy website.


A headstone in Tannadice Cemetry reads:


In memory of John Lindsay, Craigton, Cortachy, who died 11 May 1898, age 81. His wife Jane Stark, died 10 April 1907, age 80. Their daughter, Agnes, died 22 Jan 1864, age 15. Their son, Stewart, died 28 Feb 1886, age 23.


A gravestone in Cortachy churchyard reads:


Sacred to the memory of Agnes Lindsay who departed this life 22nd January 1864 aged 13 years.


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In the 1841 census a John Lindsay, age 24, was an agricultural labourer residing at Ingliston Bothie, Kinnettles


In the 1851 census for East Mains Kinnettles Bothy, Kinnettles, Angus a John Lindsay, aged 30 (born Tannadice) is an agricultural labourer.


In 1861 census for Tannadice, living at Craigton, is John Lindsay, head, 44, born Tannadice, farmer of 8 acres;  wife Jane, 34, born Oathlaw; children Agnes, 18, born Forfar, scholar; John, 6, born Tannadice, scholar; Jane, 4, born Tannadice; James, 2, born Tannadice; Mary, 4m, born Tannadice.


In the 1871 census for Tannadice, living at Craigton Farm House is John Lindsay, head, 54, born Tannadice, farmer of 10 acres arable, wife Jean (44, born Oathlaw); and children Jean (14 - scholar), Mary (10 - scholar), Stewart M (8 - scholar), David (4) - all born in Tannadice. (Son John, 16, seems to be working as a page at Middleton Mansion House, Kirkden; son James, 12, is an agricultural labourer on a farm at Kinrose, Cortachy; daughter Agnes had died in 1864.)


In the 1881 census for Tannadice, still living at Craigton Farm, is John Lindsay, 64, born Tannadice, farmer of 16 acres (9 arable); wife Jane Lindsay, 54, born Oathlaw; son Stewart M., unmarried, 18, born Tannadice, bank clerk; daughter Mary, 20, unmarried, born Tannadice, farmer's daughter; and Jane Rough, 5, granddaughter, born Tannadice (Jane (Jeannie) was the daughter of Jean Lindsay and David Rough). (Son John, 28, is married with children and is a bank messenger living in High Church, Midlothian; daughter Jane, 24, is a general servant at Kinalty Farm, Tannadice; son James, 22, is head ploughman living at Goynd bothy, Tannadice; son David, 14, is a farm servant at Hornie Haugh Farm House, Tannadice.)


In the 1891 census for Tannadice, living at Craigton Farm House, is John Lindsay, aged 75, farmer; wife Jane, 65; daughter Jane, 34, unmarried, farmer's daughter; and Jeannie Rough, granddaughter, 15, scholar. (Son John, 37, is a bank messenger living with his family in Tollbooth, Edinburgh; son James is married with children working as a farm servant in Airlie; daughter Mary is married to William Gold with children and living in Oathlaw; son David, 24, is married and a coachman at Skaterwo Farm Cottages, Innerwick, Haddingtonshire; son Stewart had died in 1886.)


In the 1901 for Craigton, Tannadice we find Jean Lindsay, 74, widow, living with daughter Jane, 44, single, housekeeper. Also in the household are three Gold grandchildren: David, 13; Margaret, 7; and Stewart, 5 (their parents William and Mary Gold and the rest of the children are at East Inch Cottage Farm in Kirriemuir.) (Son John, 48, is still a bank messenger living with his family in Edinburgh; son James, 42, is a farm grieve in Tannadice living there with his family; son David, 34, is now an insurance agent, married and living with his family in Dundee.)

James Lindsay (1858-1953)


In the 1861 census for Tannadice, Angus living at Craigton, is John Lindsay, head, 44, born Tannadice, farmer of 8 acres;  Jane, 34, born Oathlaw, Angus, farmer's wife; children Agnes, 18, born Forfar, scholar; John, 6, born Tannadice, scholar; Jane, 4, born Tannadice; James, 2, born Tannadice; Mary, 4m, born Tannadice.


In the 1871 census there is a James Lindsay, age 12, born Tannadice, working as an agricultural labourer on the large farm of Stewart Wilkie at Kinrose, Cortachy.


In the 1881 census for Tannadice, living at Goynd Bothy is James Lindsay, 22, unmarried, head, ploughman, born Tannadice. A couple of other ploughmen lived there too.


In the 1891 census for Airlie, living at Braidestone Cottage is James Lindsay, head, 32, farm servant, born Tannadice; wife Eliza J., 31, Brechin; children John, 8, scholar, born Tannadice; Jane, 6, scholar, born Menmuir; Eliza, 5, born Fearn; James, 3, born Eassie; Stewart, 1, born Eassie.


The 1901 census for Tannadice, Newton Grieve's House has James Lindsay, head, age 42, farm grieve; Eliza Jane, wife (41), and children Eliza (15), James (13 - ordinary worker on farm), Stewart (11 - scholar), Annie (8 - scholar), William (4), David (2), Alexander O. (12m). (Son John, 18, is a ploughman in Airlie living at Bothy Cookston; daughter Jane, 16, is a general domestic servant at Denmill Farm House, Kirriemuir in the household of her uncle David Rough.)


The 1911 census for Newton of Inshewan, Tannadice has James Lindsay, 52, farm grieve, born Tannadice; Eliza Jane, wife, 51, born Brechin; children James, 23, joiner, born Eassie; Annie, 18, born Airlie; David, 12, school, born Airlie; Alexander 10, school, born Tannadice; Albert, 8, school, born Tannadice; and grandson Kenneth Ormond, 4, born Tannadice. Kenneth was the son of Jane Lindsay. (Daughter Jane, 25, is a general domestic servant in London in the household of painter Henry Macbeth Raeburn; son Stewart, 21, is working as a horseman on a farm at Burnside of Inshewan, Tannadice; son William is a farm labourer living at Wester Lednathie bothy. The whereabouts of son John and daughter Eliza are unknown at present.)


James Lindsay is buried in Kirriemuir Cemetery (grave ref I/463) along with his wife Eliza Jane Drummond and their daughters Eliza and Jean (my grandmother) and their son Albert. The stone reads:


In ever loving memory of Eliza Jane Drummond, wife of James Lindsay, who died 24th April 1936 aged 77 years. The above James Lindsay died 1st March 1953 in his 95th year. Their son Albert, husband of Jessie Smith, died 21st Nov 1956. Their daughter Jean, wife of Herbert George Taylor, died 20th Nov 1960 and their daughter Eliza died 22nd April 1963.

After the war, there was little work to be had in Scotland and my Lindsay family members emigrated to the four corners of the Earth. Stewart and his wife went to the Argentine and became cattle ranchers; William and David emigrated to Invercargill in New Zealand and became sheep farmers; Annie and her husband George Milne went (back) to Canada. John had already gone to Canada. Jane and her husband Herbert George were in England, as was Alexander. Only three of the children - James, Liza and Albert - stayed in Kirriemuir. What is currently known about the children of my great grandparents James Lindsay and Eliza Jane Drummond is outlined below from oldest to youngest. Their families and descendants are included in the overall Lindsay tree given on a separate page.


John


Some confusion initially surrounded John (also known as Jack), the eldest child of James Lindsay and Eliza Jane Drummond, who was believed to have emigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada after WWI, possibly even before. Whether he went with his sister Annie was unclear. As Jack, he apparently married there and had five girls, one of whom, Minnie, was said to have married a McPherson who was either the brother or cousin to Stuart McPherson, a well-known Canadian news broadcaster during the 2nd World War. However, further information has now come to light on John and his family which seems to disprove much of this story.


John was born on 8 April 1882 in Tannadice and he died in Winnipeg on 23 October 1970. It transpires that he married Betsy Kermack Smith in Kirriemuir, Angus on 29 May 1907. Betsy was born on 12 May 1881 in Kirriemuir and she died on 14 June 1953 in Winnipeg. Her parents were Skene Smith and Annie Heron. John and Betsy had six children between 1903-1918: Anne Heron Smith, born 21 September 1903 in Kirriemuir; Eliza, born 25 April 1908 in Winnipeg; Margaret Drummond, born 23 July 1910; Marion Burns Mill, born 27 July 1912 in Winnipeg; James, born 1917 and dying 1919 in Winnipeg; and Evelyne Beatrice Conway, born 30 September 1918 in Winnipeg.


John actually seems to have gone to Canada in 1903 (the 1921 census gives 1902, but the 1916 one gives 1903) and there is a John Lindsay, age 21, farm servant, born Forfarshire arriving in Montreal from Glasgow on 23 June 1903 aboard the Sardinian. This means that he set off for a new life in Canada just a couple of months before his daughter Anne was born! However, aged 24 and with a secure job as a farmer, he returned on 15 January 1907, arriving in Liverpool, with a through passage to Glasgow, from St John's New Brunswick aboard the Lake Erie. A few months later, he married Betsy and almost immediately he returned to Canada with his wife and daughter in tow. The 1921 census records they immigrated in 1906, but the 1916 one gives 1907. In fact, the family arrived on 15 June 1907 in Montreal from Liverpool aboard the Lake Manitoba. John was 25, a farm labourer, Betsy was 26 and Anne was 3. Their destination was given as Belleview, Manitoba.


None of John and Betsy's daughters appears to have the name of Minnie and none of them seems to have married a McPherson. Interestingly, alone out of the five daughters (three of whom stayed put in Winnipeg, while one moved to Ontario), Evelyn emigrated to England - arriving in Liverpool in August 1946 from Montreal on her way to Lewisham in London where she married Kenneth Oakman a few days later. Presumably she had met her English husband-to-be in Canada. Two daughters were born to the couple in Lewisham, who subsequently moved to (and remained in) Bath, Somerset.


John and Betsy made a trip back to the UK in 1950 - arriving from St John, New Brunswick in Liverpool on 20 Apr 1950 aboard the Empress of France. John was 68, retired, and Betsy was 68, housewife and their proposed address was 21c Hall Drive, Sydenham, SE26. The reason for their vist was undoubtedly to visit their daughter Evelyn and their not quite a month old granddaughter Tessa.


Evelyn, 34, accompanied by her daughter Tessa, 2, residing at 21c Hall Drive, London SE26 made a trip to Canada on 28 May 1952 aboard the Atlantic bound for Quebec from Southampton. They arrived back  in Liverpool from St John, New Brunswick on returned on 21 January 1953 on board the Empress of France.


In the 1891 census for Airlie, living at Braidestone Cottage is James Lindsay, head, 32, farm servant, born Tannadice; wife Eliza J., 31, Brechin; children John, 8, scholar, Tannadice; Jane, 6, scholar, Menmuir; Eliza, 5, Fearn; James, 3, Eassie; Stewart, 1, Eassie.


The 1901 census for Bothy Cookston, Airlie finds John Lindsay, 18, ploughman, born Tannadice - also in the bothy is George Milne, 17, ploughman, born Kilry, Forfarshire.


John is not yet identified precisely in the 1906 census for Manitoba (assuming that is where he was). There are several John Lindsays born about 1882 who are hired men. The assumption is he is one of these.


John and his family are also not yet found in the 1911 Canada census.


In the 1916 census for 22, Winnipeg Center, living at 637 Victor St, there is John Lindsy, 34, teamster, born Scotland; wife Bessie, 34, born Scotland; daughters Anne, 12, born Scotland; Alice (presumably Eliza), 12, born Scotland; Margaret, 6, born Manitoba; and Monsan (presumably Marion), 4, born Manitoba. The immigration year for John is 1903 and for Betsy, Anne (and Alice!) it is 1907.


In the 1921 census for Winnipeg Center, District 38, Winnipeg City Ward 2, living at 621 Victor St, there is John Lindsay; wife Betsy, 41; daughters: Annie, 17, assistant; Eliza, 14 (born Manitoba), student; Margaret, 11; Mirian, 9; and Evelyn, 3. The immigration year for John is given as 1902 and for Betsy and Annie is given as 1906.


Jane


My grandmother Jane (also known as Jean) was the second child and eldest daughter of James Lindsay and Eliza Jane Drummond and was born on 2 February 1885 in Knowehead, Menmuir, Angus. After becoming pregnant whilst in service and giving birth in 1906, she moved (or was sent) to London where she eventually married Herbert George Taylor. She died in Reading, Berks on 20 November 1960 and her husband died a few months later at home in Mortimer, Berks on 27 March 1961.


Eliza


Eliza was born on 21 February 1886 in Fearn, Angus. She never married and died on 22 April 1963 in Dundee. She was in service with the Ellis family in Forfar for many years and they were hugely disappointed when she had to return home to Kirriemuir to look after her sick mother.


In the 1891 census for Airlie, living at Braidestone Cottage is James Lindsay, head, 32, farm servant, born Tannadice; wife Eliza J., 31, Brechin; children John, 8, scholar, Tannadice; Jane, 6, scholar, Menmuir; Eliza, 5, Fearn; James, 3, Eassie; Stewart, 1, Eassie.


1901 census for Tannadice, Newton Grieve's House has James Lindsay, head, age 42, farm grieve; Eliza Jane, wife (41), and children Eliza (15), James (13 - ordinary worker on farm), Stewart (11 - scholar), Annie (8 - scholar), William (4), David (2), Alexander 0 (12 m).  


Eliza is not yet found in 1911.


James


James was born on 3 May 1887 in Eassie and Nevay and married Violet Smith from Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire on 28 May 1917 in Brechin, Angus. Violet was born on 29 September 1884, one of five children of Robert Smith and Elizabeth Brown. James died in Brechin on 3 February 1954 and Violet was buried there on 27 October 1972. James was a Lance Corporal in the 6th Black Watch Royal Highlanders during WW1 and was with the British Expeditionary Force. Afterwards he trained as a joiner. James and Violet had one son, James Smith Lindsay, born in 1920 in Brechin and buried there on 16 March 2001. He was semi-crippled and very small and although he could have had an operation to fix the problem, his mother was against it and this caused ructions with her husband. Little Jim, as he was known, kept budgies and was a member of the Brechin Cage Bird Society in the 1960s, earning a place in the Brechin Bobbie-dazzler. He never married and is buried in Kirriemuir cemetery long with his parents.


In the 1891 census for Airlie, living at Braidestone Cottage, James, age 3, is at home with his father James Lindsay, head, 32, farm servant, born Tannadice; mother Eliza J., 31, Brechin; and siblings: John, 8, scholar, Tannadice; Jane, 6, scholar, Menmuir; Eliza, 5, Fearn; James, 3, Eassie; Stewart, 1, Eassie.


In the 1901 census for Tannadice, Newton Grieve's House, James, age 13 is an ordinary worker on the farm; together with his parents and siblings: James Lindsay, head, age 42, farm grieve; Eliza Jane, wife (41), and children Eliza (15), Stewart (11 - scholar), Annie (8 - scholar), William (4), David (2), Alexander 0 (12 m).


In the 1911 census for Newton of Inshewan, Tannadice we have James Lindsay, 52, farm grieve, born Tannadice; Eliza Jane, wife, 51, born Brechin; children James, 23, joiner, born Eassie; Annie, 18, born Airlie; David, 12, at school, born Airlie; Alexander 10, at school, born Tannadice; Albert, 8, at school, born Tannadice; and grandson Kenneth Ormond, 4, born Tannadice.


Stewart


Stewart, born 12 September 1889 in Eassie and Nevay, married Christina McKenzie Lunan on 31 December 1915 in Arbroath, Angus. She was born in Craig, Angus about 1888 to Patrick Wilson Lunan and Susan McKenzie and appears in the 1891 census for Kettins, Angus living with her parents aged 2.

The fact that he was working as a horseman on a farm in the 1911 census probably accounted for Stewart becoming a Trooper in the 4th Troop, A Squadron, 3/2 Scottish Horse during 1WW. Upon his marriage, aged 26, he was already in the Scottish Horse, and gave his address as Rose Cottage, North Muir, Kirriemuir.


After the war was over, Stewart and Christina emigrated to Argentina where they had two sons: James,

born about 1922 in Coronel Suarrez, Pcia, Buenos Aires; and William, born in 1925 also in Argentina.

Son James joined the Canadian Air Force in World War II. He was apparently a volunteer from the Republic of Argentina and flew Hampdens, Wellingtons, Warwicks, Bristol Beauforts and Liberators. On his return to Argentina after the war he flew DC4s, DC6s, Comet IVs and Boeing 707s for Aerolineas Argentinas.


Stewart may well have been considering emigrating before war broke out as a Stewart Lindsay travelled from London to Buenos Aires in 1912 - though no occupation is given and the manifest has the English box as opposed to Scottish ticked. He may have gone again after the war as an S. Lindsay travelled from Buenos Aires to London in 1919, and a Christina Lindsay, age 32, from Scotland made the trip to Buenos Aires from Liverpool on 15 December 1920 aboard the Davro. However, the whole family arrived in London on 19 December 1925 from River Plate, South America aboard the Highland Loch. Ports of call were La Plata, Las Palmas and Montevideo. The family comprised Stewart Lindsay, 36, stockman; Christina Lindsay, 37; children James Lindsay, 3; and William Lindsay, 7m. Their proposed address in Scotland was Tweedsire, Coupar Angus in Perthshire where possibly Christina’s parents were residing. Christina returned to Buenos Aires from London aboard the Highland Laddie on 17 November 1926 accompanied by her two sons - there last address in the UK being Newhill North, Kirriemuir. Presumably Stewart could not be away from his work for nearly one year, so had already returned.


Nothing further is known about the family at the moment.


Annie


Annie was born on 1 February 1893 in Airlie, Angus and died in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 13 January 1975. Although it was thought she had gone to Canada with her elder brother Jack (John) this turns out to be not the case, although it looks as though she followed her brother to Winnipeg where she married George Henderson Milne from Turriff, Aberdeenshire shortly thereafter. It would appear they knew each other beforehand because there is a record of an Annie Lindsay, age 21, domestic servant, going to husband-to-be in Winnipeg and arriving on 4 May 1914 in Quebec from Glasgow aboard the Grampian. They married on 13 November 1915, though George had signed his army papers on 7 October 1915 having been found fit for duty on 19 September 1915 at Camp Hughes (Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) training camp in Manitoba). He was aged 26 years and two months. His height was 5ft 6.5in and his chest girth when fully expanded was 37.35in - a range of expansion of 2.25in. His complexion was fair, eyes blue and hair brown. His sign-up papers give his father as John Milne with an address, in 1915, as East Craighill, Turriff, Aberdeenshire. George was a Driver (i.e in charge of a team of horses - most transport in 1WW was horse-drawn) with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. They had three girls born in the 1920s:  


Where Annie met George is not known. He was born on 28 July 1889 in East Craighill, Turriff, Aberdeenshire and died on 20 March 1976 in Winnipeg. It looks as though he may have had links to both the Lindsays and Kirriemuir, with his putative mother, Isabella Lindsay, being born there and his father born in Dunnichen nearby - and thus maybe visiting relatives or even working in the area. Annie used to send food parcels back to her brother James in Brechin after WW2 including huge newspapers full of cartoons!


There is a record of an Annie, age 60 and George Milne, age 64, secretary, arriving in Liverpool on 9 May 1953 from Quebec on the Franconia. Their destination was 36 Oarside Drive, Wallasey in Merseyside. Assuming thisis the correct couple, the why this destination is not known - perhaps it was a boarding house for the night before the onward journey to Scotland - this was a couple of months after Annie's father, James, had died.


In the 1901 census for Tannadice, Newton Grieve's House, Annie, aged 8 and a scholar, is at home with her father James Lindsay, head, age 42, farm grieve; mother Eliza Jane (41); and siblings Eliza (15),

James (13), ordinary worker on farm, Stewart (11), scholar), William (4), David (2), and Alexander  (12 m).


In the 1911 census for Newton of Inshewan, Tannadice we have James Lindsay, 52, farm grieve, born Tannadice; Eliza Jane, wife, 51, born Brechin; children James, 23, joiner, born Eassie; Annie, 18, born Airlie; David, 12, at school, born Airlie; Alexander 10, at school, born Tannadice; Albert, 8, at school, born Tannadice; and grandson Kenneth Ormond, 4, born Tannadice.


The 1916 census for Annie St, 04, Selkirk, Manitoba has a lodger named George Milne, age 27, Canadian nationality, but born Scotland, a farmer. This could be him, especially as a George H. Milne, age 22, occupation farming (for six years) arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 22 March 1910 aboard the Parisian with final destination Toronto.


In the 1921 census for Winnipeg North, living at 477 Garlies St, we find George Milne, 31, seaman; wife Fanny, 28; and daughters Elizabeth, 3; and Florence, 8 m. Both parents were born in Scotland and both daughters in Manitoba. George was said to have immigrated in 1908 and Fanny in 1914. I believe his occupation as seaman is misread - it looks like Teamster or similar with the industry being Transfer (?) which would be more in keeping with his Army occupation.


William and David


William was born on 7 July 1896 in Braidestone, Airlie, Angus where his father was grieve. He died in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1975. He was in the 3/5th Battalion Black Watch in WW1 and was wounded during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. He convalesced in Belfast and emigrated to New Zealand in 1921 with his younger brother David, born 8 April 1898 also at Braidestone. They travelled from Southampton to Auckland on 18 September 1921 aboard the Remuera (588 passengers). William was 24 and David was 23 - both were farm labourers and their last address in the United Kingdom was Rose Cottage, North Kirriemuir. After working on various Southland farms, they became sheep farmers in the Thornbury district outside Invercargill on the South Island. William (Will) never married, unlike David (Dave) who married Alice Hanan there in 1952, though they had no children. Alice was the sister of Josiah Ralph Hanan who represented Invercargill in Parliament from 1946-1969. He was one-time Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Justice and Minister of Maori Affairs. David had joined the 13th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and fought at the Battle of the Somme when he was only 16. He rose to the rank of Sergeant. During the 2nd World War, David served with the National Military Reserve in Invercargill and Bluff.


They came back to Scotland at least a couple of times on the proceeds of wool sales. There is a record of David, wife Alice and brother William departing Liverpool in late 1956 for New Zealand. In fact they had arrived on 15 August 1956 at Liverpool on board the Southern Cross having called at Southampton, Port of Spain, Curacao, Suva, Papeete, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Cape Town, Durban and Las Palmas. They were planning to stay five months and their proposed address was 41 Victoria St, Kirriemuir - the family home, Sidlaw View. A news item in the Kirriemuir Courier and Advertiser for 2 November 1956 gives reminisces of old Black Watch comrade as Will prepared to go back to New Zealand with brother David.


David retired to the city after 18 years of farming and occupied himself with gardening and fishing. They lived at 15 Rugby St in Invercargill and are buried in St John’s Cemetery, Block 3, Plots 1&2. A brief obituary notes “With his wife, the former Alice Hanan, a sister of Mr Roy Hanan, and the late Mr Ralph Hanan, former Minister of Justice, he (David) travelled extensively to many parts of the world and had just returned from a visit to Surfers Paradise before his death aged 72. He is survived by his brother William in Mossburn and brothers in Argentina, Canada and Scotland.” David died on 1 October 1970 and Alice on 19 May 1977, aged 76. Additional information on David, Alice and the Hanan family is provided on a separate page. They did return to the UK in the 1960s for a short visit. As a retired mixed farmer, William lived in Mossburn but when no longer able to cope alone he moved to an aged care facility in Riverton, 30 kms west of Invercargill. He died on 29 December 1974, aged 78, and is buried in the the Soldiers Avenue, Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill, Block 2, Plot 651.


In the 1901 census for Tannadice, Newton Grieve's House, we have James Lindsay, head, age 42, farm grieve; wife Eliza Jane (41); and children Eliza (15); James (13)  - ordinary worker on farm; Stewart (11), scholar; Annie (8), scholar; William (4); David (2); and Alexander (12 m).


In the 1911 census for Newton of Inshewan, Tannadice we have James Lindsay, 52, farm grieve, born Tannadice; Eliza Jane, wife, 51, born Brechin; children James, 23, joiner, born Eassie; Annie, 18, born Airlie; David, 12, at school, born Airlie; Alexander 10, at school, born Tannadice; Albert, 8, at school, born Tannadice; and grandson Kenneth Ormond, 4, born Tannadice. William, 14, born Airlie, is a farm labourer at Wester Lednathie bothy working on the famr of Davild Milne.


Alexander


Alexander Ogilvie (Eck) was born on 12 April 1900 in Graigton, Tannadice, Angus and remained a bachelor. His hair had turned white after a motorcycle accident when he was young. He worked at a power station in Leeds and lived for many years with his sister Jean (Taylor) and her family in Rotherham, Yorkshire until they moved down south about 1936. After they left, he took lodgings with a Mrs Aspinall. He was a prominent mason, but sadly his regalia and all his possessions were kept and presumably sold by his landlady when he died in 1969 in Rotherham.


In the 1901 census for Tannadice, Newton Grieve's House, we have James Lindsay, head, age 42, farm grieve; wife Eliza Jane (41); and children Eliza (15); James (13)  - ordinary worker on farm; Stewart (11), scholar; Annie (8), scholar; William (4); David (2); and Alexander (12 m).


In the 1911 census for Newton of Inshewan, Tannadice we have James Lindsay, 52, farm grieve, born Tannadice; Eliza Jane, wife, 51, born Brechin; children James, 23, joiner, born Eassie; Annie, 18, born Airlie; David, 12, at school, born Airlie; Alexander 10, at school, born Tannadice; Albert, 8, at school, born Tannadice; and grandson Kenneth Ormond, 4, born Tannadice.


Albert


Albert was the youngest child of James Lindsay and Eliza Jane Drummond and was born on 29 June 1902 at Newton of Inshewan, Tannadice, Angus where his father was farm grieve. He was a jobbing gardner and later a school janitor in Kirriemuir. His wife Jessie Smith was apparently adopted, thus no further details are known, though she was thought to have been born about 1910. After Albert’s death, Jessie moved to Glenrothes in Fife with her daughter Aileen Drummond Lindsay where she later died in 2001. She is buried in Kirriemuir with her husband.


In the 1911 census for Newton of Inshewan, Tannadice we have James Lindsay, 52, farm grieve, born Tannadice; Eliza Jane, wife, 51, born Brechin; children James, 23, joiner, born Eassie; Annie, 18, born Airlie; David, 12, at school, born Airlie; Alexander 10, at school, born Tannadice; Albert, 8, at school, born Tannadice; and grandson Kenneth Ormond, 4, born Tannadice.

George Lindsay (Abt 1755-Bef 1856)

The earliest in my Lindsay line so far discovered is George Lindsay, a farmer, and his wife Elspet Findlay - both were born around 1755, possibly in Cortachy and Clova and presumably married about 1780. They had two other sons besides David (see above): Robert, born in farm Colliamy, Cortachy and Clova and christened on 31 March 1782 in Cortachy; and George, born in Dalmoulin, Cortachy and Clova and christened in 20 September 1786 also in Cortachy.


There are various possibilities for the father George: he could be the one christened on 5 March 1753 in Cortachy and Clova, son of John Lindsay and Jean Tosh; he could be the one born 26 May 1755 in Newtyle to David Lindsay and Elizabeth Mason; or the George christened 2 May 1755 in Edzell, son of Andrew Lindsay - though Andrew does not seem to be a name used by subsequent generations. Given that John Lindsay and Jean Tosh were of Bonhard (probably referring to West Bonhard, a farm in Clova) then it is likely that their son, George, is the correct one.


George and Elspet's eldest son Robert was christened on 31 March 1782 in Cortachy and Clova and since no other details are yet found about him, he may be one of the two Robert Lindsays dying there in 1796.


Their youngest son George was christened in Cortachy and Clova on 20 September 1786 and he died in Bridgened of Balgray, Kingoldrum, Angus on 15 October 1856. He was an agricultural labourer and married Margaret Ferguson (1782-1843) from Kingoldrum around 1810. They had five children between 1811-1828: John (1811-1893), David (1813-1888), Thomas (1819-1913), Betsey (1823-1906) and William (1828-1901). John and Betsey appear not to have married. All the children and their families stayed in the Kingoldrum area, with the exception of William's son James (1868-1948) who emigrated to Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada with his family in summer 1906 and his youngest child was born there in 1907 (see the Lindsay family tree).


Gravestone 6 (cross) in Kingoldrum churchyard says "Thos Lindsay in Kirkstyle here died Over Ascreavie 18.3.1913 aged 93, wife Ann Couper died 2.3.1877 aged 52, son William died 9.5.1875 aged 13, daughter Susan did 23.5.1878 aged 28, mother Margaret Ferguson died 28.8.1843 aged 61, father George died 15.10.1856 aged 71.”


1841 census for Bridgend, Kingoldrum has George Lindsay, head, 55, ag lab; wife Margaret Ferguson, 56; children: John, 30, ag lab; Betty, 17; William, 13 - all born Angus.


1851 census for Bridgend, Kingoldrum has George Lindsay, head, widower, 65, ag lab, born Cortachy; daughter Betsey, unmarried, 27, housekeeper, born Cortachy; granddaughter Isabella, 10, scholar, born Kinnettles.


Census information for the children of George Lindsay and Margaret Ferguson is given below.


John


In 1841, John, aged 30, agricultural labourer, is living with his parents George Lindsay, 55, ag lab; and mother Margaret Ferguson, 56; and siblings Betty, 17 and William, 13, at Bridgend, Kingoldrum.


In the 1851 census for Burneyell, Kingoldrum there is John Lindsay, unmarried, 39, ag lab, born Cortachy.


In the 1861 census for Bridgend of Pearsie, Kingoldrum there is John Lindsay, head, unmarried, 49, ag lab, born Cortachy, living with his sister Betsey, unmarried, 37, domestic servant, born Cortachy. They are still there is 1871, John is 59 and Betsey 47 - both unmarried and running a farm of 5 acres of which 2 arable.


The 1881 census for Upper Ascreavie, Kingoldrum has William Lindsay, head, widower, 52, farmer of 393 acres (196 arable) employing 5 men and 2 boys, born Kirriemuir; children: William, unmarried, 17, farmer's son; James, 12, scholar; David, 8, scholar; Thomas, 6, scholar - all born Linrathen. Also in the household are William's brother and sister: John Lindsay, unmarried, 69, farm servant; and Betsy Lindsay, 57, general domestic servant - both born Cortachy. They are both living there with William in the 1891 census: John, unmarried, 79, living on private means; sister Betsy, unmarried, 67, general servant.


David


The 1841 census for Westfield Cottage, Forfar has David Lindsay, 30, ag lab, born Forfarshire. (The 1841 census for Balgore Cot House, St Andrews, Fife has Janet Lindsay, 25, born Fife and Isabella Lindsay, 7m, born Scotland in the household of James Young, 50, ag lab and family - all born Fife. This is David's wife and daughter living with her parents)


In the 1851 census for Dunkenny, Eassie there is David Lindsay, head, married, 37, farm servant, born Cortachy; wife Jannet, 38, born Creich, Fifeshire; daughters Margret, 8, born Forfar; and Betesy, 3, born Eassie. (Daughter Isabella, 10, is living with her grandfather, George, and aunt Betsey in Kingoldrum).


The 1861 census for Village of Balkierie, Eassie and Nevay has David Lindsay, head, married, 47, ploughman, born Cortachy; wife Janet, 47, born Criech, Fife; daughter Betsy, 13, ag lab, born Eassie


In the 1871 census for Wrights House, Eassie & Nevay there is David Lindsay, head, married, 57, ag lab, born Forfarshire. (His wife Janet was in Dundee presumably to help her daughter Isabella with her new baby.)


The 1881 census for Castleton Cottages, Eassie & Nevay has David Lindsay, head, married, 67, ag lab, born Cortachy; wife Jannet, 66, born Creich, Fifeshire.


Thomas


1841 census for Balfour Farm House Bothie, Kingoldrum has Thomas Lindsay, 20, male servant


The 1851 census for Balfour, Kingoldrum has Thomas Lindsay, head, married, 31, ag lab, born Kingoldrum; wife Ann, 25, born Kingoldrum; daughter Susan, 10m, born Kingoldrum


In the 1861 census for Village of Kingoldrum there is Thomas Lindsay, head, married, 41, ag lab, born Kingoldrum; wife Ann, 35, born Kingoldrum; daughter Susan, 10, scholar, born Kingoildrum


In 1871 living in Kirkstyle, Kingoldrum there is Thos Lindsay, head, married, 52, road labourer; wife Ann, 45, born Kingoldrum; daughter Susan, unmarried, 20, dressmaker, born Kingoldrum; son William, 8, scholar, born Kingoldrum. Thomas is still there in 1881, a widower, aged 61 and a road labourer. In 1891 Thomas, aged 71, now retired he is still residing at the same place.


In the 1901 census, Thomas Lindsay, widower, 81, retired road labourer, is living at Aucharroch Cottages, Kingoldrum.


Where Thomas was in the 1911 is not yet discovered.


Betsey


In the 1841 census for Bridgend, Kingoldrum there is George Lindsay, head, 55, ag lab; wife Margaret Ferguson, 56; children: John, 30, ag lab; Betty, 17; William, 13 - all born Angus.


At the same address in the 1851 census daughter Betsey, unmarried, 27, housekeeper, born Cortachy, is living with he father George Lindsay, head, widower, 65, ag lab, born Cortachy; and his  granddaughter Isabella, 10, scholar, born Kinnettles (this is son David's child).


The 1861 census for Bridgend of Pearsie, Kingoldrum finds Betsey, unmarried, 37, domestic servant, born Cortachy living with her brother has John Lindsay, head, unmarried, 49, ag lab, born Cortachy.

They are both at the same place in the 1871 census: Betsey is 47 and John is 59, both unmarried, and running a farm of 5 acres of which 2 arable.


1881 census for Upper Ascreavie, Kingoldrum has William Lindsay, head, widower, 52, farmer of 393 acres (196 arable) employing 5 men and 2 boys, born Kirriemuir; children: William, unmarried, 17, farmer's son; James, 12, scholar; David, 8, scholar; Thomas, 6, scholar - all born Linrathen; John Lindsay, unmarried, 69, farm servant; and Betsy Lindsay, 57, general domestic servant - both born Cortachy. These will be William's brother and sister.


The 1891 census for Upper Ascreavie Farm House, Kingoldrum has William Lindsay, head, widower, 62, farmer, born Kingoldrum; children: William, unmarried, 28; David, 18; Thomas, 16 - all born Linrathen and presumably working on the farm. In the household are also William's siblings: brother John, unmarried, 79, living on private means; and sister Betsy, unmarried, 67, general servant, both born Cortachy.


In 1901, Betsy, 77, general domestic servant is still lving with her brother William Lindsay, head, widower, 73, farmer, born Kirriemuir, at Over Ascreavie, Kingoldrum; together with William's sons David, single, 28; Thomas, 25 - both born Linrathen and working on the farm.


William


In the 1841 census for Bridgend, Kingoldrum, William Lindsay, 13, is living at home with father  George Lindsay, head, 55, ag lab; mother Margaret Ferguson, 56; and siblings: John, 30, ag lab; and Betty, 17.


The 1851 census for Bothy Dunkenny, Eassie has William Lindsay, unmarried, 22, farm servant, born Kirriemuir


In the 1861 census for Glenhead Cothouse, Linrathen we find William Lindsay, head, married, 32, gamekeeper, born Kirriemuir; wife Robina, 29, born St Cyrus, Kincardineshire; daughter Betsy, 11, born Linrathen (age should be 1)


In 1871 William Lindsay, head, married, 43, gamekeeper, born Kirriemuir, is living at Kilhill, Linrathen with his wife Robina, 39, born St Cyrus, Kincardineshire; children: Betsey, 11, scholar; John, 9, scholar; William, 7, scholar; James, 2 - all born Linrathen.


The 1881 census for Upper Ascreavie, Kingoldrum has William Lindsay, head, widower, 52, farmer of 393 acres (196 arable) employing 5 men and 2 boys, born Kirriemuir; children: William, unmarried, 17, farmer's son; James, 12, scholar; David, 8, scholar; Thomas, 6, scholar - all born Linrathen; brother John Lindsay, unmarried, 69, farm servant; and sister Betsy Lindsay, 57, general domestic servant - both born Cortachy.


In the 1891 census for Upper Ascreavie Farm House, Kingoldrum there is William Lindsay, head, widower, 62, farmer, born Kingoldrum; children: William, unmarried, 28; David, 18; Thomas, 16 - all born Linrathen and presumably working on the farm; brother John, unmarried, 79, living on private means; sister Betsy, unmarried, 67, general servant, both born Cortachy.


In the 1901 census for Over Ascreavie, Kingoldrum we have William Lindsay, head, widower, 73, farmer, born Kirriemuir; sons David, single, 28; Thomas, 25 - both born Linrathen and working on farm; and sister Betsy, 77, general domestic servant, born Cortachy.

David Lindsay (1784-1858)


David Lindsay was born in Dalmoulin, Cortachy and Clova, Angus and was christened on 8 August 1784 in Cortachy. He died on 20 December 1958 in Craigton of Kinnally, Tannadice, Angus and is buried in Cortachy. He was a crofter and tenant farmer at Craigton.


David married Mary Duncan probably around 1815, possibly in Tannadice since this is where John, presumably their first child, was born in 1816. They had three children fairly far apart: John (1816-1898 - see above); Agnes (abt 1823-1902); and Stewart (1830-1912 - see below). Mary Duncan was born in Linrathen, Angus on 20 September 1789 and died in Craigton, Tannadice on 28 February 1855. She was the daughter of crofter John Duncan and Agnes (or Ann) Robbie, who also had a son David born in 1786.


Stone 33 in Cortachy graveyard says:


Erected by John, Agnes and Stewart Lindsay, in memory of their parents Mary Duncan or Lindsay, who died 28th February 1855 aged 66 years. And David Lindsay, tenant Craigton; who died 20th December 1858 aged 75 years.


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The 1841 Census for Tannadice with address Craigtown lists David Lindsay, age 55, farmer and wife Mary (age 50), with Agnes (age 19), Stewart (11), Katherine (30 - insane) and James Edward (age 5).  Quite who Katherine Lindsay and James Edward are is unclear. If Kathrine is their daughter, then there is quite an age difference with the other children. James may be the son of Kathrine.


In the 1851 census for Tannadice still living at Craigtown is David Lindsay, aged 66, farmer of 5 acres; wife Mary 60; and farm servant William Lindsay, aged 8 - all born Tannadice. William may or may not be related.


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David and Mary’s son John is discussed above. Their daughter Agnes was born about 1823 in Tannadice and died 13 April 1902 in Northmuir, Kirriemuir. Sometime before 1851, she married William Middleton, born on 23 June 1828 in Strachan, Kincardineshire and who died on 20 March 1908 in Northmuir, Kirriemuir. William, whose parents were Archibald Middleton and Jane Ferguson, who married on 16 December 1820 in Strachan, was a stone dyker and dairyman and sometime crofter. They had no children.


The 1841 Census for Tannadice with address Craigtown lists David Lindsay, age 55, farmer and wife Mary (age 50), with Agnes (age 19), Stewart (11), Katherine (30 - insane) and James Edward (age 5) - maybe son of Katherine?


The 1851 census for Forth, Tannadice has William Middleton, head, 28, ag lab, born Tannadice; wife Agnes, 29, born Tannadice; and house servant Janet Mitchell, 9, born Tannadice


In the 1861 census for Northmuir Village, Kirriemuir there is Agness Lindsay, head, married, 37, linen weaver, born Tannadice.


The 1871 census for Northmuir, Kirriemuir has William Midelton, head, 49, stone dyker, born Tannadice; wife Agnes, 49, born Tannadice.


The 1881 census for Crawford Park, Kirriemuir has William Middleton, head, 58, dyker and dairyman, born Strachan, Kincardineshire; wife Agnes, 58, born Tannadice; Stewart Lindsay, brother-in-law, unmarried, 51, owner of property, born Tannadice.


In the 1891 census at the same address is William Middleton, head, 66, crofter and dyker, born Strachan, Kincardineshire; wife Agnes, 67, born Tannadice; Stewart Lindsay, brother-in-law, unmarried, 61, living on private means, born Tannadice


In 1901 census still at Crawford Park, Caldhame Rd, Kirriemuir we find William Middleton, head, married, 77, retired stone mason, born Strachan, Aberdeenshire; wife Agnes, 78, born Tannadice.


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David and Mary’s son Stewart was born on 22 February 1830 in Tannadice and died in Kirriemuir on 7 April 1912. He seems to have spent much of his life as a butler, domestic servant and house steward in large households - though later he became a Justice of the Peace (JP) and a Parish Councillor. By 1881 he was the owner of property and living with his sister Agnes and her husband William Middleton. In January 1901 at the age of 70, still a bachelor, he married Betsy Bowman, a 69 year old spinster from Kirriemuir. They married at the Palace Hotel in Princes Street, Edinburgh and a witness was William S. J. Lindsay - probably his cousin. His residence was given as Crawford Park, Kirriemuir, while hers was Hillbank House, East Roods, Kirriemuir. After the marriage, Hillbank House changed its name to Crawford House and the property proprietor changed from Betsy Bowman to Stewart Lindsay. Betsy died on 8 May 1912 in Kirriemuir, just a month after Stewart. Her parents were James Bowman (abt 1780-1857), a linen manufacturer, and Robina Nicoll (abt 1785-1859) - both from Kirriemuir; and Betsy was their tenth and last child, born on 17 April 1826 in Kirriemuir. Betsy spent most of her life as a housekeeper for her unmarried brother James who had taken over the family business and was a successful jute manufacturer employing 60 men.


1841 Census for Tannadice with address Craigtown lists David Lindsay, age 55, farmer and wife Mary (age 50), with Agnes (age 19), Stewart (11), Katherine (30 - insane) and James Edward (age 5) - maybe son of Katherine?


1851 census for Cowden Gate, Muckhart, Perthshire has Stewart Lindsay, unmarried, 21, butler, born Cortachy in the large household of Margaret Glen, widow.


1861 census for Gatacre Hall, Bank, Claverley, Bridgmorth, Shropshire has Stewart Lindsay, unmarried, 31, domestic servant, born Scotland.  


1871 census for Gatacre, Claverley, Bridgmorth, Shropshire has Stewart Lindsay, unmarried, 41, domestic servant, born Scotland (Forfarshire) in the large household of Edward Lloyd Gatacre.  


1881 census for Crawford Park, Kirriemuir has William Middleton, head, 58, dyker and dairyman, born Strachan, Kincardineshire; wife Agnes, 58, born Tannadice; brother-in-law, Stewart Lindsay, unmarried, 51, owner of property, born Tannadice


1891 census for Crawford Park, Kirriemuir has William Middleton, head, 66, crofter and dyker, born Strachan, Kincardineshire; wife Agnes, 67, born Tannadice; brother-in-law, Stewart Lindsay, unmarried, 61, living on private means, born Tannadice


1901 census for 77-79 Roods St, Kirriemuir has Stewart Lindsay, head, 71, retired house steward, born Tannadice; wife Betsy, 70, born Kirriemuir.


1911 census for 77 Roods St, Kirriemuir has Stewart Lindsay, head, married, 81, living on private means, born Tannadice; wife Betsy, 80, married 10 years, no children, born Kirriemuir. Plus general domestic servant, Annie Downie, 20, born Alyth, Perth.