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A interesting Lindsay

LINDSAY, DAVID (d. 1641 F), bishop of Edinburgh, was & son of Colonel John Lindsay, laud of Edzell in Forfarshire, and graduated at St. Andrews in 1593. He became, master first of Montrose academy, and then in, 1597 of Dundee Grammar school, holding also from 1599 the ministry of Guthrie parish, and from 1605 of Dundee.

Next year, however, he resigned his mastership while petitioning the town council to take consideration of his estate, and that he may have ane sufficient moyan quhairupou he may lien as ane honest man,but it was not till 1620 that he obtained a full payment of the augmentation then voted to his stipend. Meanwhile, in 1616 he became a member of the high commission; in 1617 defended at St. Andrews, before James VI, some these upon the power of kings and princes,and in 1618 supported the kings articles at Perth assembly. He advanced similar arguments in his Reasons of a. Pastors Resolution touching the reverend receiving, of the Holy Communion, London, 1619, l2mo, and A true Narration of the Proceedings at Perth, London, 1621, 4to. Nevertheless, according to Wodrow, he acknowledged that there was neither reason, scripture, nor antiquity for kneeling, but to avert the kings wrath thought it best to yield. He was rewarded with the bishopric of Brechin, being consecrated at St. Andrews on 23 Nov. 1619. In 1633 he crowned Charles I at Ho1yrood and lived on at Dundee until 1634, when he was translated to Edinburgh, and made one, of the lords of exchequer. On 2 July 1637, the Sunday appointed for, the introduction of the new ser vice book he was present at both the ser vices in the Great Kirk St Giles, Both times he was ,pelted as he left the church, and in the, afternoon there arose a great glamour in the streets, and the cry was Kill the traitor! The Earl of Roxburghe took him .up in his coach, but stones were cast at it and some of them hit Lindsay so that with very great difficulty he reached his lodgings at Holyrood. The anonymous author of A breefe and true Relation of the Broyle, etc., first printed as an appendix to Rothes Relation (Bannatyne Club, 1830), is the sole authority for crediting Lindsay with displaying the most shameful pusillanimity on this occasion. Deposed and excommunicated by the Glasgow general assembly in 1638, he retired says Mr. .Lippe to Eng land, arid died there in 1641. Such is not, however, Wodrows statement, and Tervise places his death between 1638 and 1640, as in the latter year his son John, by his wife Katherine Ramsay of Bamff, Perthshire, was served heir to him in the estate of Dunkeny.
[Biographical Collections, ed by the Rev. Robert Lippe (New Spalding club Aberdeen, 1890); A. Maxwells history, of Old Dundee (Edinb. 1884); Scotts Fasti Eccl Scot. vol. iii. pt. ii.; Lives of ‘the Lindsays; A Jervises Land of the Lindsays; Keiths Scottish Bishops, p. 167.].

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