many thanks for restarting this thread
Below are some notes I made re Crawford some time back
From "The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal"
James Ludovic (Lindsay), 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres, 3rd Baron Wigan, K.T., LL.D., F.R.S.
Haigh Hall, Wigan; Balcarres, Colinsburgh, Fife; 2 Cavendish Square, W.
Born 28 July 1847
Married 22 July 1869 to Emily Florence, daughter of Colonel the Hon. Edward Bootle-Wilbraham.
1) David Alexander Edward Lindsay, Lord Balcarres, F.S.A.
74 Brook Street, W.; Carloton; Burlington Fine Arts.
Born 10 October 1871
Married 25 january 1900 to Constance Lilian, daughter of Sir Henry Carstairs Pelly.
2) Walter Patrick Lindsay (Grosvenor)
Born 13 February 1873
Married 26 November 1902 to Ruth, daughter of Isaac Henderson of Rome
3) Robert Hamilton Lindsay
Born 30 March 1874
Married May 1903 to Mary Janet, daughter of Sir William John Clarke
4) Rev. Edward Reginald Lindsay, M.A. Curate of St Matthews, Bethnal Green
5) Ronald Charles Lindsay, 3rd Secretary in Diplomatic Service
Born 3 May 1877
6) Lionel Lindsay
Born 20 July 1879
7) Lady Evelyn Margaret Lindsay
Born 8 May 1870
Married 9 February 1895 to James Francis Mason (1 Chesterfield Gardens, W., Freeland Lodge, Woodstock)
The body of Crawford's father suffered a strange fate:
The body of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, which was stolen from the vault at Dunecht last year, with the supposed object of obtaining a ransom, was on Tuesday discovered buried about two feet in the earth in Dunbrea Wood, within a short distance of Dunecht House. The discovery was brought about by a story told by a man, since taken into custody, who states that he witnessed the concealment of the body by men with blackened faces, who compelled him to take an oath that he would not divulge the secret. The body, which was wrapped in a blanket, bore no traces of violence.
Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2255—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, July 22, 1882, p.87
James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres (1847–1913) was a Victorian astronomer, politician, bibliophile and philatelist. A member of the Royal Society, Lindsay was elected president of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1878.
Lindsay was elected as a Member of Parliament for Wigan in 1874, and held the seat until his elevation to the peerage in 1880.
Memoir available online of the family:
Lives of the Lindsays: Or, A Memoir of the Houses of Crawford and Balcarres By Alexander Crawford Lindsay Crawford
Sir James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford was born on 28 July 1847 at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Ile de France, France.1 He was the son of Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford and Margaret Lindsay.1 He was baptised at Episcopal Church, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Ile de France, France.1 He married Emily Florence Bootle-Wilbraham, daughter of Colonel Hon. Edward Bootle-Wilbraham and Emily Ramsbottom, on 22 July 1869 at St. George's Church, St. George Street, Hanover Square, London, England.1 He died on 31 January 1913 at age 65 at Cavendish Square, London, England.1 He was buried on 4 February 1913 at Balcarres, Fife, Scotland.1 His will was probated in April 1913, at £436,279 gross and £321,509 net.1
Sir James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford was educated between 1860 and 1862 at Eton College, Eton, Berkshire, England.1,2 He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.1 He gained the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the Grenadier Guards.1 He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) (Tory) for Wigan between 1874 and 1880.1 He was invested as a Fellow, Royal Society (F.R.S.) in 1878.1 He held the office of President of the Royal Astronomical Society between 1878 and 1880.1 He succeeded to the title of 9th Earl of Balcarres [S., 1651] on 13 December 1880.1 He succeeded to the title of 26th Earl of Crawford [S., 1398] on 13 December 1880.1 He succeeded to the title of 3rd Baron Wigan of Haigh Hall, co. Lancaster [U.K., 1826] on 13 December 1880.1 He succeeded to the title of 10th Lord Lindsay of Balcarres [S., 1633] on 13 December 1880.3 He succeeded to the title of 9th Lord Lindsay and Balneil [S., 1651] on 13 December 1880.3 He held the office of Trustee of the British Museum in 1885.1 He was invested as a Fellow, Society of Antiquaries (F.S.A.) on 16 April 1885.1 He held the office of President of the Camden Society in 1888.1 He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Thistle (K.T.) on 10 December 1891.1 He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.).3 He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.).3 He was decorated with the Commander, Legion of Honour.1 He held the office of Deputy Lord High Steward [Scotland].1 He was invested as a Knight of Grace, Order of St. John of Jerusalem (K.G.St.J.).1