Educated at Eton, Lindsay was commissioned an ensign in the Grenadier Guards on 16 March 1832. He regained the seat at the 1859 election. Promoted lieutenant-colonel in 1860, he was commanding the Brigade of Guards in London in 1861.
He then served as a major general on the staff in Canada from 1863 to 1867.
During this period, in March 1866, he resigned from Parliament by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead.,
Lindsay served as Major General commanding the Brigade of Guards from 1867 to 1868, and inspector general of reserve forces from 1868 to 1870. He was seconded from this command to serve as Commander of the British Troops in Canada during the Red River Rebellion, and organized the force of the Wolseley Expedition.
On 15 September 1870, he was appointed to the colonelcy of The Buffs. He was promoted to lieutenant general on 10 October 1870.
Lindsay was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Street Michael and Saint George, together with Wolseley, on 22 December 1870, for their services in Canada.
Lindsay died at Cranmer House, Mitcham in 1874. Lindsay married Lady Sarah Elizabeth Savile, the daughter of John Savile, 3rd Earl of Mexborough, on 6 November 1845. James Greville Lindsay, died young
Reginald Dalrymple Lindsay, died young
Maud Isabella Lindsay
Mabel Lindsay (d 1928), married Lieutenant-Colonel
William John Frescheville Ramsden
Mary Egidia Lindsay (d 1911), married John Coutts Antrobus, son of Gibbs Antrobus.
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He was returned as Member of Parliament (Member of Parliament) for Wigan at a by-election in October 1845, and held the seat until he was defeated at the 1857 general election.