Lindsay was born at St Andrews in 1686, and died in Edinburgh on 20 February 1753. He was educated at the St Andrews grammar school, of which his father was rector, and then saw service with Riche's regiment in Spain during the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1713 he settled in Edinburgh, where he established himself as an upholsterer. He became a magistrate of the city, was elected dean of the upholsterer's guild, and twice served as lord provost of Edinburgh, in 1729 and 1733. From 1734–41 he represented Edinburgh as a member of parliament.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.