David Lindsay

David Lindsay came from tough, mining stock; not coal but iron-stone and shale. He was born in 1877 in Dalry and lived the in miner's rows there, apart from perhaps half-a-dozen years into his early teens in Dalmeny, now on the fringes of Edinburgh. So where he learned his football, in Ayrshire or East Lothian is unclear. Certainly he seems to have had affinity with both.

His early footballing career as a junior was with Rutherglen Glencairn. There in 1899, so already twenty-two, he won a junior cap before joining St. Mirren, spending six seasons at Love St., where, as a quick right-winger with a centre and fierce shot on him, he would rack up well over one hundred appearances at a goal every two and half games. 

Meantime he had married, back in Dalry, his bride local Jeanie Aitken. They would have four children, three sons and a daughter. He also gained a single senior cap in 1903. However, by 1905 he had fallen our with the then manager of the Paisley club, was sold to Hearts and the family moved across not without tragedy. David and Jeanie's third son would be born in Dalry that same year but die in Edinburgh the next. 

However, Lindsay's stay at Tynecastle would only last a year before he would be on the move again, Down South this time to West Ham, then in a competitive Southern League. It was in 1906, would last two seasons and would not be without success, particularly in the first year. But he was now over thirty and with the legs perhaps starting to go there was a return to Scotland, to Edinburgh, this time to Leith Athletic and for three seasons more.

Yet this period in Auld Reekie not without success. At the end of 1909-10 the team had won the Qualifying Cup, that gave entry to the Scottish Cup, and the Second Division title was shared. However, only Raith was promoted. Moreover, the family had now settled into a house close to Leith harbour and that was where David and Jeanie would remain. Furthermore, he would be appointed trainer to the port team in 1911, in place until The Great War. And even after the war, whilst now working as a labourer, he clearly remained close to both club and game. His eldest son, John, played for Leith in the 1920s, in 1925 winning the same Qualifying Cup as his father fifteen years earlier and finishing second in the Division Two; only for third placed Forfar to be elected for promotion. And second son, Hugh, whilst at neighbouring Tranent, would represent Scotland at junior level four times, in 1923 and 1926 winning three caps. 

David Lindsay would remain in Leith until his death in 1950 as a widower at the age of eighty-two. Jeanie had died five years earlier in Edinburgh. 

Birth Locator:

1877 - Old Linn, Dalry, Ayrshire


Residence Locations:

1881 - Knox Buildings, Dalry, Ayrshire

1891 - 10, Church Row, Dalmeny, West Lothian

1900 - New Carseland Row, Dalry, Ayrshire

1901 - 85, New St., Dalry, Ayrshire

1911- 1950 - 44, West Bowling Green St., Leith, Edinburgh


Death Locator:

1950 - 44, West Bowling Green St., Leith, Edinburgh


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