Note: r share of the Abernethy lands, Esquire to the Earl of Angus, knighted on 1368, Justiciary 1378; married 1st 1358 Catherine, daughter of Sir John Stirling of Edzell and heiress of Glenesk; married 2nd Marjory, niece of Robert III,m and died 1381 at Candia, Cyprus, on his way to the Holy Land. [Burke's Peerage]
Local tradition says Catherine Stirling had a deformed brother known by the sobriquet of �Jackie Stirlin,' who was heir to the property. He was to marry the daughter of a neighbouring baron, but this union did not approve itself to Sir Alexander and his lady. Remonstrance proving of no avail, the laird was despatched at a place a little to the north of the Castle, and the body was buried in the family vault. The crime embittered the latter days of the Lord of Edzell, and he
made atonement for the murderous deed of his youth by large gifts to the Church. He rebuilt the Church of Finhaven, and gifted it to the Cathedral of Brechin, then went on a pilgrimage to Palestine. The prebendary had a stall in the choir of Brechin, and said mass daily for his safe conduct. Gifts to the Church and penance have ever been Rome's panacea for crimes, even of the blackest dye. We are told of a better way. The blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin."
Sir Alexander Lindsay profited little by his pilgrimage and the daily masses for his soul. They did not stay the hand of the avenging angel, he having struck the penitent down long before he reached Palestine.
Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
Page: 701 Text: 1381
Note: Sir Alexander de Lindsay, of Glenesk, Angus; succeeded his mother in he
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