The History of Leith

August 20, 2007

James Sandilands, 1st Lord Torphichen

James Sandilands was born circa 1511 in Calder, West Lothian, Scotland, and died in 1596. [1] [2] He was the second son of Sir James Sandilands, 7th Lord of Calder. The barony of Calder had belonged to the Sandilands clan since 1348.

In 1530, Sandilands was received into the Order of Knights Hospitaller. The Commander or Prior of the Knights in Scotland was the Preceptor of Torphichen, at that time, Sir Walter Lindsay. Lindsay recommended Sandilands to the Grand Master of the Knights as a potential candidate to succeed him. Sandilands spent the next several years at the headquarters of the Knights at Malta, and validated Lindsay’s recommendation. In 1541 he received from the Grand Master the ancianitas (right of expectancy) to the Preceptory and, following the death of Sir Walter Lindsay, succeeded him as Preceptor, authorized by a bull of 2 April 1547. He was invested with both the spirituality and temporality attendant to the position in June 1550. for more click here

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