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William Lindsay Wanderers FC & Old Wykehamists FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 3
0% successful


captain: none
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  William Lindsay
Birth Tuesday, 3 August 1847 as a British Subject, in Benares, Cawnpore, Bengal, India
  registered in Civil Service Evidence of Age
"At Benares, on the 3rd August, the lady of captain W. Lindsay, of a son and heir" - The Daily News, Monday, 4 October 1847.
  Cannot be found on the 1851 census return. Presumed in the East Indies. His father, Major William Bayford Lindsay, is still serving in the army.
In 1857, William is placed on the Bengal Military Orphan Society lists of orphans, after his father and mother, Lillias (née Don) both died on 10 and 15 June 1857.
"The correspondent of the Morning Post gives a still more detailed and more gloomy account of the incidents:―
"Sir Hugh Wheeler, with the whole of the garrison of Cawnpore, had been massacred. The miscreant Nena Sahib murdered 240 women and children. The following are amongst the killed: Brigadier Yack, Colonel Williams, Lindsay, Prout, Sir George Parker, Quin, Redman, Supple, Halliday, Reynolds, Prole, Smith, Eckford, Dempster, Jervis, and Challwin. General Havelock has since fought three battles with Nena Sahib, and always defeated him, taking from him in the field 11 guns, recapturing Cawnpore, and taking 26 more." -
Birmingham Journal, Saturday, 29 August 1857.
"The Bengal Hurkaru states that the victims of the Cawnpore Massacre were confined in the Assembly Rooms up to the 15th, where they were comparatively well treated. They were then taken to the little house where the unfortunate men who were taken from the boats had been previously murdered, and where they could have had no doubt of their impending fate. A note was found, written in Hindee, containing the names of all the ladies who died between the 7th and 15th instant, from what are described as natural causes. The list appears to have been kept by a native doctor and deducting the names which it contains, it appears that 197 persons were massacred on the evening of the 15th.
"The names were not easy to make out, but they are something like the following: 10th.―Miss Lindsay, cholera; 12th.―Mrs. Lindsay, wound in the back. The building in which the massacre took place is described as looking like a slaughter-house. The following extracts from a letter from 'the only individual saved' contain the only authentic details yet received of the first fearful massacre that took place there:―
"...were all most inhumanly butchered by the cruel insurgents on the day before yesterday, and thrown into a well, together with a great number of ladies and children, reported to be about 150 in number. I am distracted. I am most miserable and wretched."
- Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 26 September 1857
  According to the 1861 census, William, along with his younger siblings, Charles Carmichael and Mary Ann, are nephews and niece, living with William Henry and Mary Jane Drage, at the precinct in Rochester Cathedral. William Henry Drage is the Vicar of St. Margaret's Church in Rochester.
According to the 1871 census, William, and now a clerk in the India Office, along with his younger sister, Mary Ann, are still at the precinct in Rochester Cathedral with the widowed Mary Jane Drage.
Marriage to Emily Agnes Edwardes, on Tuesday, 6 June 1871, at St. Margaret's Church, in Rochester
  registered in Medway April-June 1871
"Rochester—June 6, at the parish church of St. Margaret-next-Rochester, by the Rev. J. F. Baynham, rector of Charlton, Dover, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. S. W. Phillips, vicar, William Lindsay, Esq., India Office, eldest son of the late Major Wm. Lindsay, 10th Bengal Native Infantry, to Emily Agnes, only daughter of Major Hume Edwards, late 55th Regiment, Fort Clarence, Rochester." - The Thanet Advertsier, Saturday, 10 June 1871
Children William and Emily Lindsay had two children together. Lilias Sophia (b.24 July 1872) and William Alexander (b.1874).
According to the 1881 census, William is married to Emily with two children, Lilias Sophia and William Alexander. They have two servants and they live at 88 Bessborough Street in Westminster, London. William is a civil servant clerk.
According to the 1891 census, William, still a civil servant in the India Office, and is still married to Emily, living with one of their daughters, Lilias, at Gloucester House (left) in Richmond, along with three servants and his mother-in-law, Sophia.
In 1897, William was one of two executor's of the will upon the death of Sophia Edwardes. He was living at Gloucester House in Richmond.
According to the 1901 census, William is still married, living with one of his children, Lilias, at Gloucester House. They have three servants. William is working in the Indian Office as a civil servant.
According to the 1911 census, William is still married with two servants, living at 5 Albury Gardens, in Kings Road, Richmond, London. The census states that one of their two children has died.
According to the 1921 census, William is still married, and they are boarding at 2 Dalby Square in Margate.
Death Thursday, 15 February 1923, at 1 Minor Canon Row, Rochester, Kent
aged 75 years 196 days registered in Medway January-March 1923
Probate "LINDSAY William of 1 Minor Canon Row Rochester died 15 February 1923 Probate London 11 April to Emily Agnes Lindsay widow.
Effects £10735 11s. 11d." [2019 equivalent: £654,031].
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Playing Career
Club(s) Began his education at Winchester College and became an Old Wykehamist; also played for Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1875-76, 1876-77, 1877-78;
Individual honours Surrey FA
Distinctions Also played first-class cricket for Surrey CCC.
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].
England Career
Player number One of seven who became the 43rd players (44) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
Only match No. 6, 3 March 1877, England 1 Scotland 3, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 29 years 212 days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions One of two Indian-born Scots to play for England, the other being Stuart MacRae.
Beyond England
Employed in the India Office 1865-1900 as a First Class Clerk. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.157.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1 3 0 -1
His only match was a friendly match and at a home venue

Match History
 Clubs: Wanderers F.C. & Old Wykehamists F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

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Age 29
1 6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
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one of seven who became the 43rd (44) players to appear for England
one of two players (19) from Wanderers FC to become the 18th to represent England
one of two who became the third (three) Old Wykehamist to represent England