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David Lindsay, 1st Duke of Montrose (1440-December 25, 1495) was a Scottish nobleman.

He was the son of Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Crawford, and inherited the Earldom of Crawford on his father's death in 1453. During his political career he held the posts of Lord High Admiral of Scotland, Master of the Royal Household, Great Chamberlain and Justiciar.

In 1488 he was created Duke of Montrose, the first Scotsman not of royal blood to be granted a Dukedom. Lindsay had won the favour of James III, by remaining loyal to the king during the rebellion of his son Prince James. Lindsay was deprived of his dukedom by James IV when he acceded to the throne later that year, but it was restored in 1489 for life only. On his death in 1495 the title therefore became extinct, although the Earldom continues to this day.

He married Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton in 1459. They had three children before divorcing in the 1480s.


Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Alexander Lindsay
Earl of Crawford
Succeeded by
John Lindsay
Preceded by
(New creation)
Duke of Montrose
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by
William Sinclair
Lord High Admiral of Scotland Succeeded by
Alexander Stewart
Political offices
Preceded by
Master of the Household of Scotland Succeeded by
Preceded by
James Stewart
Great Chamberlain
Succeeded by
Alexander Home


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