Brief profile of William Lindsay
by Don Ambrose

Player:W Lindsay

LINDSAY, William.
Born in India, 3rd August 1847.
Died at Rochester, Kent, 15th February 1923.
He was the son of Major William Lindsay, 10th Regiment B.M.I., who was murdered with most of his family at Cawnpore, and nephew of the Rev. W. Drage, St.Margaretís, Rochester, Kent. He was educated at Winchester College, where he was admitted in 1858, as one of three boys orphaned by the Indian Mutiny, and where he remained until the summer of 1865. He was a member of the cricket eleven 1864-65. In 1867 he started work as a junior clerk in the store department of the India Office and from 1877 to 1881 was private secretary to the Under-secretary of State, and in 1882 became Senior Clerk. He was private secretary to Lord George Hamilton, Hon. Edward Stanhope, the Marquis of Lansdowne and Viscount Enfield before he retired in 1900. In 1906 he was living at Gloucester House, Hill Rise, Richmond, Surrey.
After leaving school he appears to have given up sport for a time but between 1876 and 1882 he played in 33 first-class matches for Surrey and he also played for Devon. He played soccer for The Wanderers and was in the team which won the F.A. Cup three years in succession 1876, 1877 and 1878. In 1877 he played for England as a full back against Scotland.
At the time of the 1881 Census he was living at 46 Bessboro Street, Westminster, London, a 33 year old civil service clerk, with his wife Emily A., aged 37, born in Lincoln. They have a daughter Lilias S. aged 8 and a son William A. aged 7. There are two domestic servants.


(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)


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