The Clan Lindsay Society of Australia is a non-profit, purely voluntary association that exists solely for the benefit of its members. The purposes of the organisation are to
The Clan Lindsay Society of Australia was founded on 19 September 2000.
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Our Chief is The Rt Hon Robert Alexander Lindsay, 29th Earl of Crawford and 12th Earl of Balcarres, Lord Lindsay, Lord Lindsay of Balcarres, Lord Lindsay and Balniel, Baron Wigan of Haigh Hall, Baron Balniel, KT, GCVO, PC, DL. Our Chief is the premier earl of Scotland.
Our Chieftain is The Rt Hon James Randolph Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay, Viscount of Garnock, Lord Lindsay of the Byres, Lord Parbroath, and Lord Kilbirny and Drumry.
Our Chief has appointed Susan Cooke, BA, as the first Clan Lindsay High Commissioner for Australia. The Warrant signed at Balcarres on 19 September 2009 and renewed in 2014 appoints Susan Cooke for a period of five years to represent the Clan throughout the Commonwealth of Australia.
Our crest-badge features a swan in its natural colours, white with yellow beak, within a gold crest coronet heightened with four (three visible) strawberry-leaves. A monochrome version is shown right.
The swan is Cirean Ceann Cinnidh, the Crest of our Clan Chief.
The badge may be blazoned as "A swan’s head, neck and wings proper issuing from an antique crest coronet Or all within a strap and buckle bearing the Chief’s motto ENDURE FORT".
Our plant badge is the Lime Tree.
This is normally worn as a sprig affixed behind the crest-badge, affixed to the cap, or which, in the case of ladies, fixes the tartan sash at the shoulder.
The distinctive Lindsay tartan of burgundy, green and dark blue is one of the most popular tartans.
There are two principal variants of the Lindsay tartan, the Ancient Lindsay and Modern Lindsay. While the Ancient (1 - far left) is vibrant and striking, based on traditional natural dies, the Modern (2) is more subtle and understated. The Lindsay Dress Blue (3) and Lindsay Dress Red (4 - far right) are commonly selected by competitive highland dancers. The Lindsay Muted and Lindsay Weathered variations (not shown) are rarely seen. Other Lindsay tartans are displayed in The Scottish Register of Tartans.
John Lindsay (1702-49), the 20th Earl of Crawford and 4th Earl of Lindsay, was appointed by King George II on 25 Oct 1739 as the first Colonel of the Black Watch. The name of this famous regiment was derived from the dark colour of their tartan and the original role of the regiment to 'watch' or police the Highlands.
The activities of our Society are overseen by a Board of Management comprising
|Vice President||Chris Lindesay|
|Registrar||Eric Richardson OAM|
|Heraldist & Genealogist||Chris Lindesay|
|Councillor (ACT)||Janette Lindesay PhD|
|Councillor (NSW)||Wesley Batey|
|Councillor (QLD)||Mark Patch|
|Councillor (SA)||Kathleen O'Shea BA|
|Councillor (TAS)||Ian Byers|
We are seeking Councillors to assist us in promoting the Society aims.
We meet electronically to plan and co-ordinate events.