Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Balcarres

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Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Balcarres (died 25 July 1736) was a Scottish peer.

Alexander Lindsay was born the son of Colin Lindsay, 3rd Earl of Balcarres and Lady Margaret Campbell. He inherited his title on the death of his father in 1722. He married in 1718 Elizabeth Scott, the daughter of David Scott of Scotstarvet.

Colin Lindsay, 3rd Earl of Balcarres (1652–1722) was a Scottish aristocrat and politician, one of the most important supporters of James II of England.

He joined the army as an ensign then lieutenant in the grenadier horse guards. He then transferred, as a captain, to Lord Orkney's regiment and saw much action in Flander, where he was wounded at the Siege of St Venant. He was in Ireland with his regiment at the time his father and brother took part in the Jacobite rising of 1715, which caused him to lose any chance of promotion in the army. He thus returned home to a commission in the foot guards.

Jacobite rising of 1715

The Jacobite rising of 1715, was the attempt by James Francis Edward Stuart to regain the thrones of England, Ireland and Scotland for the exiled House of Stuart.

At the general election in 1734, he was returned as one of the sixteen representative peers of Scotland.

He died on 25 July 1736. As he had no children, he was succeeded by his brother James Lindsay, 5th Earl of Balcarres.

James Lindsay, 5th Earl of Balcarres was a Scottish peer, the son of Colin, 3rd Earl of Balcarres and Lady Margaret Campbell, daughter of the Earl of Loudoun. He became the 5th Earl of Balcarres on 25 July 1736 on the death of his brother Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Balcarres.

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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Colin Lindsay
Earl of Balcarres
17221736
Succeeded by
James Lindsay