Name: *Alexander Lindsay
Given Name: *Alexander
Change Date: 23 Sep 2009
Sir Alexander de Lindsay, of Glenesk, Angus; succeeded his mother in he r share of the Abernethy lands, Esquire to the Earl of Angus, knighted o n 1368, Justiciary 1378; married 1st 1358 Catherine, daughter of Sir Jo hn Stirling of Edzell and
Birth: ABT 1329 in Glenesk, Scotland
Death: OCT 1381 in Candia, Crete
heiress of Glenesk; married 2nd Marjory, niece of Robert III,m and died 1 381 at Candia, Cyprus, on his way to the Holy Land. [Burke's Peerage]
Local tradition says Catherine Stirling had a deformed brother known by t he sobriquet of ‘Jackie Stirlin,' who was heir to the property. He was t o marry the daughter of a neighbouring baron, but this union did not ap prove itself to Sir
Alexander and his lady. Remonstrance proving of no avail, the laird was d espatched at a place a little to the north of the Castle, and the body w as buried in the family vault. The crime embittered the latter days of t he Lord of Edzell, and he
made atonement for the murderous deed of his youth by large gifts to th e Church. He rebuilt the Church of Finhaven, and gifted it to the Cathe dral of Brechin, then went on a pilgrimage to Palestine. The prebendary h ad a stall in the choir of
Brechin, and said mass daily for his safe conduct. Gifts to the Church a nd penance have ever been Rome's panacea for crimes, even of the blacke st dye. We are told of a better way. The blood of Christ cleanseth from a ll sin."
Sir Alexander Lindsay profited little by his pilgrimage and the daily m asses for his soul. They did not stay the hand of the avenging angel, h e having struck the penitent down long before he reached Palestine.
Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-C hief, 1999
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