Alexander Lindsay, 6th Earl of Balcarres

1752 - 25th Mar 1825


Alexander, 6th Earl of Balcarres, Governor of Jamaica 1794-1801. Established the Haigh Ironworks in 1788 and was a career soldier before becoming Governor of Jamaica. While Governor, he entered into an arrangement with the partnership that became Atkinson & Hozier under which he retained an apparently undisclosed one-third interest in the hire of enslaved people to the British army as 'Pioneers' in Jamaica. His son the 7th Earl (q.v.) was awarded one-third of the compensation for these enslaved people, after setting out details of the arrangement in an extended memorandum to the Commissioners of Compensation, as well as for the enslaved people on two family estates. The 6th Earl has an entry in the ODNB as 'army officer and colonial governor' which makes no mention of his industrial interests in Britain or of his involvement in slave-ownership in Jamaica.

Sources [accessed 12/11/2017]. The Haigh Foundry or Haigh Ironworks appears to have passed out of the family hands by 1836, when the works were leased to Edward Evans and T.C. Ryley, but the collieries were retained and under the 7th Earl became a constituent part of the Wigan Coal and Iron Co, [accessed 01/07/2019]; Henderson, T. F. "Lindsay, Alexander, sixth earl of Balcarres and de jure twenty-third earl of Crawford (1752–1825), army officer and colonial governor." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 12 Dec. 2017.

Further Information

Elizabeth Bradshaigh Dalrymple
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Estates (3)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1809 [EA] - 25/03/1825 [ED] → Owner
1803 [EA] - 25/03/1825 [ED] → Owner
1823 [EA] - → Other

Purchased enslaved people from this estate.

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Prints, Drawings & Paintings
William Staveley. Alexander, Earl of Crawford and Balcarres. One of 53 portrait sketches bound in a volume. British, 1780s, bound... 
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Relationships (1)

Father → Son