Lieutenant-General Sir James Lindsay KCMG


The Hon James Alexander Lindsay was born in 1815 at Munchaster Castle near Ravenglass in Cumbria. He was the second son of the 24th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres. After Eton he went into the Grenadier Guards which he commanded from 1860 to 1861 in which year he commanded the Brigade of Guards in London. He was a Major-General on the staff in Canada from 1863 to 1867. He was then Inspector General of the Foot Guards from 1867 to 1868 and Inspector General of the reserve forces for two years after that. He was Commander-in-Chief in Canada during the Red River Expedition. He and Wolseley were appointed KCMG in 1870 for their services in Canada. He was also a Member of Parliament for Wigan between 1845 and 1866. He married Lady Sarah Savile in 1845 and they had 5 children, 2 of which died young. Sir James died at Cranmer House, Mitcham, Surrey on 13th Aug 1874 and his coffin was carried by Grenadier Guardsmen.


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