William the Conqueror Connection
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William the Conqueror Connection

Last update to this page: July 14, 2009

The connection detailed below between William the Conqueror and the Lindsay surname has been documented and published extensively going back as early as 1444.

In September 2002, after significant research, Mr. Graeme Wall, a genealogist of  Southampton, England, forwarded me his challenge to this "Lindsay connection to William the Conqueror".  He stated .......

"Gundred [see item #1 below], Countess de Warenne, was not the daughter of William, she was the sister of Gerbod, Earl of Chester.  The allusion to Gundred being William`s daughter, is a later interpolation into a charter of 1081-1083: Confirmation by William I to the monastery of St. Pancras at Lewes, for the souls of Edward the Confessor and others, including William of Warenne and his wife Gundred, of the manor of [West] Walton in Norfolk. This error was later expanded in a narrative pedigree contained in a Lewes cartulary of 1444."

Mr. Wall further states ....

"Further down, there is some doubt as to whether William Lindsay`s wife Marjory [see item #5 below]  was in fact the widow of Gilchrist of Angus, as he (Gilchrist) died between 1207-11 and William Lindsay`s son William appears to have been born about 1182.  If you have access to 'The American Genealogist' issue 75, No 4 (October 2000), there is apparently (I haven`t been able to access a copy this side of the Atlantic) an article: "The Pinckney Claim to Scotland" by Charles M. Hansen, FASG which, inter alia, discusses this issue."

We thank Mr. Graeme Wall for his willingness to share his research with us.

If there is anyone in the global community who recognizes any additional errors in this lineage, please notify Ron Lindsay with the details .

If someone knows and can delineate yet another Lindsay surname connection to William the Conqueror, please notify Ron Lindsay  if you would like to share it.

  1. William the Conqueror (b. 1027, d. September 9,1087), King William I of England (1066-1087) and Matilda (daughter of Count Baldwin of Flanders), had a daughter;

William was the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy and Herleva of Falasia.  William became King William I of England in 1066.

  1. Gundred who married William, Earl of Warren, who had a son; 
  2. William, Earl of Warren and Surrey, who married Elizabeth de Vermandois, who had a daughter; 
  3. Adeline de Warren who married Henry, Prince of Scotland, who had a daughter; 
  4. Princess Majory (b. 1152), first married Gilchrist of Angus (d. 1207/11), her 2nd marriage was to William de Lindsay (b. ca 1148, d. 1236), who had a son;
  5. William Lindsay of Luffness, who had a son;   
  6. Sir David Lindsay, High Justiciary of Lothian who married the daughter of Sir John Crawford of Crawford, who had a son;
  7. Sir David Lindsay, who had a son;
  8. Sir David Lindsay, Baron Crawford, who had a son;
  9. Sir David Lindsay of Crawford who married Mary, daughter of Sir Alexander de Abernethy, who had a son;   
  10. Sir Alexander Lindsay who married Catherine, daughter of Sir John Stirling of Glenesk, who had a son;
  11. Sir David Lindsay of Glenesk (b. ca 1360, d. Feb 1406/7), 1st Earl of Crawford who married 22 Feb 1374/5 Princess Elizabeth (b. ca 1362), daughter of Robert II of Scotland, who had a daughter; 

Sir David Lindsay of Glenesk was created Earl of Crawford by his brother-in-law, Robert III, on the 21st of April 1398 in the Parliament held at Perth.  This act was accompanied by the creation of the Lindsay herald.  Though the Lindsays were now situated in Glenesk, Crawford was their principal fief and remained so until the 5th Earl resigned the superiority of the various lands in the barony of Crawford. The Earl of Crawford established the main dwelling place of his family at the castle of Finhaven in Angus. The urban dwelling of the House of Crawford was in Dundee.   

  1. Majory Lindsay who married Sir William Douglas of Lochleven.