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The Lord Wantage
16 April 1832 – 10 June 1901
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Place of birth Balcarres, Fife
Place of death Wantage, Oxfordshire
Resting place Ardington Church (Vault)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Brigadier-General
Unit Scots (Fusilier) Guards
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath
Other work Member of Parliament

Brigadier-General Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, 1st Baron Wantage, VC, KCB, FRS, (16 April 1832 – 10 June 1901) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British forces. He was later a notable MP, a benefactor to Wantage, one of the founders of the British Red Cross Society, for which he crucially obtained the patronage of Queen Victoria, and a distinguished philanthropist and luminary of Victorian society.



Robert James Lindsay was born in 1832, the second son of Lieut-General Hon. James Lindsay and Anne, daughter of Sir Coutts Trotter, Bart In 1858, he married Harriet Sarah Loyd, the only child and heiress of Lord Overstone, one of the richest men in the country, who endowed the couple with a considerable fortune and the Lockinge estate near Wantage.

Military service

He was 22 years old, and a captain in the Scots (Fusilier) Guards, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deeds on 20 September 1854 at the Battle of the Alma and 5 November at the Battle of Inkerman took place for which he was awarded the VC.

Depiction of the Battle of Inkerman.
When the formation of the line of the Regiment was disordered at Alma, Captain Lindsay stood firm with the Colours, and by his example and energy, greatly tended to restore order. At Inkerman, at a most trying moment, he, with a few men, charged a party of Russians, driving them back, and running one through the body himself.


He was later involved in the volunteer movement, serving as Colonel of the Royal Berkshire Volunteers, and subsequently Brigadier-General of the Home Counties Brigade.

Life and offices

He served as Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Berkshire from 1865 until he was elevated to the peerage in 1885, and Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire from 1886 until his death. Having been initiated as a freemason, passed and raised in Malta en route to the Crimea in 1854, he became Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire from 1898 until his death in 1901. As he died childless, his title became extinct.

Wantage Hall

In 1908, Lady Wantage officially opened Wantage Hall, the first Hall of Residence in the University of Reading, in honour of Lord Wantage.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Philip Pleydell-Bouverie
John Walter
Richard Benyon
Member of Parliament for Berkshire
With: with Richard Benyon 1865–1876
Sir Charles Russell, Bt 1865–1868
John Walter 1868–1885
Philip Wroughton 1876–1885
Constituency abolished
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Ailesbury
Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
Succeeded by
James Herbert Benyon
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Wantage


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