Clan Livingstone

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Welcome to Clan Livingstone

Clan Livingstone Team
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The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Livingstone together with members bearing the name Livingstone, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Livingstone.

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  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
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Clan Livingston

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Clan Chief: Niall Livingstone of Bachuil, Baron of the Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Abbot of Lismore. Hereditable Keeper of the Great Staff of Saint Moluag. Clan Chief of the Clan MacLea. Succeeded his father in 2008.


Legend says that a Saxon called Leving gave his name to the lands in West Lothian and they became Livingston. The people of the area took this as their family name. Four generations on Sir William Livingston of Livingston fought beside King David II at the Battle of Durham in the 1346 attack into England. When both he and the King were captured he helped negotiate his King’s release and for this was granted the barony of Callendar in 1347.

In 1440 the Livingstons of Callendar persuaded the young Earl of Douglas and his brother to come and reconcile the two families’ differences at a banquet for that purpose in Edinburgh Castle. Upon their arrival, however, the brothers were taken and slain. The Douglases avenged their loss by imprisoning Sir Alexander Livingston and executing one of his sons.

The 5th Lord Livingston, Alexander, was chosen in 1543 to help tutor the child Mary, Queen of Scots. When she went to France he went with her and died there.

His own daughter Mary was one of the loved ‘Four Marys’. Alexander’s son William became the 6th Lord and fought passionately for his father’s ex-pupil at the Battle of Langside, an area now within Southern Glasgow. He died in 1592.

The estates and titles of the Livingstons suffered badly during the Jacobite rising of 1715 because of their patriotism.

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