The Lindsays are not a Highland clan, but rather a Lowland family. There are a number of surnames that have a territorial association with the Lindsay family. These include Byres, Cobb, Crawford, Deuchar, Downie, Fotheringham, Rhynd, and Summers. These families either once lived in or took their surname from an area where the Lindsays were once situated. Members of the Affleck family in Angus were armour-bearers to the early earls of Crawford.
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As the Lindsays are a Lowland family rather than a clan, no septs are recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms – Scotland’s principal heraldic and genealogical executive – or by our Chief, Lord Crawford.
In 1897, Lindsays in Scotland organised as a family group, under the guidance of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, and named their organisation the Clan Lindsay Society.
In 1974, the Clan Lindsay Association USA was formed in North Carolina, USA, followed by the Clan Lindsay Southland in New Zealand later that year. In 2000 the Clan Lindsay Society of Australia was formed and in the same year the Clan Lindsays International web site was created. The Lindsay International Surname DNA Project continues to run successfully in co-operation with our technical partners FTDNA and YFull.