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Henry Livingston

Male Abt 1495 - 1581  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name Henry Livingston 
    Born Abt 1495  of Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death Abt 22 Jan 1579  [5
    Died Between 22 Jan 1579 and 5 Nov 1581  [3
    Alternate death Abt 5 Nov 1581  [5
    Person ID I35583  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of GFS
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2021 

    Family Margaret Forrester,   b. Between 1518 and 1520, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 22 Jan 1580, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married Between 4 Dec 1540 and 22 May 1550  [3, 5
    Children 
    +1. Rev. Henry Livingston,   b. Abt 1560,   d. Between 14 Jun 1624 and 26 Aug 1624  (Age ~ 64 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F20896  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Parish clerk of Falkirk in 1539. Provost of Stirling 1553-55. In the view of Adrian Benjamin Burke (citation details below), he was probably the son and heir of William Livingston, earlier parish clerk of Falkirk, and possibly a descendant of the Livingstons of Callendar. Through his fourth son Sir John Livingston, who was knighted in 1606 and was still alive in 1610, he was an ancestor of the Earls of Newburgh.

      "Henry Livingston was elected Provost of Stirling in succession to John Craigengelt of that Ilk, at Michaelmas 1553. His predecessor had been in office several times, and seems to have taken offence at being passed over on this occasion, for the town council's choice of Livingston created a fierce feud between the Laird of Craigengelt and his supporters and the Livingstons, which culminated in a collision between the two parties in Stirling on 21 August 1555. The Livingstons were the victors in the fight, and they celebrated their victory in a cruel and barbarous manner by cutting off the left arms of John Craigengelt and his eldest son. For this outrage the Livingstons were summoned to stand their trial. On 26 November 1555 Mr. Alexander Livingston of Dunipace found William, Lord Livingston, as surety for their entry at the next justice-ayre of Stirling, to underlie the law for art and part in the mutilation of the Craigengelts, and on 8 January 1555-56 Henry Livingston in Falkirk, with William and Thomas, his sons, and his three servants, found the Laird of Dunipace caution for their appearance to answer the same charge. The result of the trial, if it took place, is not recorded, but the minutes of Stirling Town Council show that the feud continued, and another outbreak became so imminent that the Queen Regent addressed a letter to the council, advising them, in view of the Michaelmas election in 1556, to choose one of their own 'honest nychtbouris' as Provost, and 'on na wiss' to elect either Livingston or Craigengelt, or any of the partakers in their feud. This well-meant advice received but scant attention, for another 'outlandman,' Robert Forrester of Calziemuck, was chosen Provost, and John Craigengelt one of the councillors. By and by, however, the feud died out, both Craigengelt and Livingston being members of the council in 1560, while the former was again elected Provost in 1564. Along with his son, John Livingston of Abercorn, Henry Livingston appeared before the Privy Council on 7 September 1570, in circumstances which point to a suspicion on the part of the Regent Lennox that they were sympathisers with Queen Mary. Henry was alive in 1575, his name occurring in a deed (written in his 'hospitium' in Stirling, and dated 13 August of that year) relating to Mr. Thomas Livingston, rector of Carnocht and Eriok, probably his son." [The Scots Peerage, citation details below]

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Genealogics by Leo Van de Pas, continued by Ian Fettes and Leslie Mahler., year only.

    2. [S2242] John Blythe Dobson, "Recent Literature on the Duncanson Sisters of New Netherland." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 144:306, 2013., place only.

    3. [S2476] Adrian Benjamin Burke, "The Livingston Ancestry of the Duncanson Sisters of New Netherland." The Genealogist 27:28, 27:163, 2013; 28:58, 2014.

    4. [S800] The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Ed. James Balfour Paul. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904-1914., place only.

    5. [S49] Genealogics by Leo Van de Pas, continued by Ian Fettes and Leslie Mahler.