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Alexander Livingston, 2nd of Dunipace, Lord Dunipace

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Birthplace: UK
Death: Died in UK
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Son of Alexander Livingston of Dunipace and Alison Gourlay
Husband of Alison Livingston and Elizabeth Hepburn, of Craggis
Father of Alexander Livingston; Alexander of Dunipace Livingston; John Livingstone, 3rd of Dunipace; Thomas Livingston; James Livingston and 4 others
Half brother of David Bantaskine Livingston, II

Occupation: First Lord of Dunipace
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About Alexander Livingston, 2nd of Dunipace, Lord Dunipace

Biographical Summary

"Mr Alexander Livingstone, second of Dunipace, seems to have been a man of considerable ability, and rose to a higher official position than any other member of the family. Choosing law as his profession, he was made Director of the Chancery in 1549, and an Extraordinary Lord of Session in 1550, when he took the title of Lord Dunipace. In the charter before alluded to - 14th April, 1525 - there is provision that in the event of failure of his own lawful descendants and those of his nephew, Alexander Livingstone of Bantaskine, his natural sons, who are named, and their descendants, are to succeed, whom failing, then Alexander, Lord Livingstone of Callendar. In 1552, he had confirmation of a charter under the Great Seal of the lands of Philde, Perthshire, and in this charter we get proof of his descent from the forfeited Alexander Livingstone of Philde, who is therein designed avus of the said Alexander Livingstone of Dunipace. Then, as now, people who lived an orderly, steady life, doing their duty in an honest, quiet way, had the reward of leaving no history behind them. If the Register of the Privy Council, or Pitcairn's Criminal Trials leave out a name out of their indices, a man may be said to have passed through life tolerably free from scathe. The Dunipace Livingstones have more than their fair share of space in these books, and while in them the antiquary or genealogist rejoices when he tracks down a brother-german, or some other link in a pedigree, not greatly taking to heart the offences which won the unfortunate individual an inglorious immortality, many, more immediately concerned, must often wish the names of their ancestors blotted out from these records. We gather that the Livingstones were a high-mettled race, of quick, fiery temper. Even the name of this respectable Lord of Session finds its way into Pitcairn's Criminal Trials - not as a judge! Under date 26th November, 1555, Mr Alexander Livingstone of Dunipace, found William, Lord Livingstone, as surety for him to underly the law for art and part of the mutilation of the laird of Craigengelt and his son, of their left arms, within the Burgh of Stirling. We shall require frequently to these books in treating of other members of the family...

...Lord Dunipace married, before 1525, Margaret Hepburn, daughter of Sir Adam Hepburn of Crags (or Craggis), second son of Adam, Master of Hailes. By her he had, besides other children, a son, James, who died circa 1531, without issue, John, who succeeded him, and Thomas. In 1560, Lord Dunipace attended the Convention of Estates as one of the lessor barons. He supported the Reformation, but died in November of this year."

SOURCE: Lands and lairds of Larbert and Dunipace parishes, published 1908, page 90

-------------------- Alexander Livingston of Dunipace, the first member of the Livingston family to possess the lands of Dunipace in Stirlingshire, was evidently a grandson of the Alexander Livingston of Feldes or Phildes in Perthshire, who had been executed on the Castle Hill, Edinburgh on Jan. 21, 1449-50, for the alleged crime of high treason. That the Livingstons of Dunipace were descended from the attainted Alexander Livingston of Phildes is proved by a crown charter, dated May 8, 1552, in which it is stated that Master Alexander Livingston, the then owner of Dunipace, was to hold the lands of Phildes, as the late Alexander Livingston, his ancestor (avus), had held the said lands. This estate, which had been conferred on Alexander Napier Mar. 1449-50 had been restored to the Livingstons before Dec. 25, 1466, as on that latter date a charter of these lands had been granted under the Great Seal to William, first Lord Monypenny, on the resignation of James, 1st Lord Livingston.

Alexander, the first of Dunipace, obtained a charter of the lands of Dunipace (Nov. 20, 1495) from the Abbot of Cambuskenneth, which charter was confirmed by Pope Alexander II by a commission executed at Rome on April 5, 1496. As a member of an inquest on the lands of Carnock and Plane, Stirlingshire, held on Feb. 19, 1499-1500, he is designated "Alexander Livingston of Dunipace.' He soon added to his landed posessions, for on Dec. 1506 he became the owner of two parts of the lands of Seybeggis with the mill; while a few weeks later (Feb. 10, 1506-7) he obtained a charter from Robert Kincaid of the estate of Pettintoskane or Bantaskine; and on april 12 in the latter year, his kinsman James Livingston of Manerstoun sold to him his lands of Plane. He also obtained sasine of the lands of Castlerankine, etc, in the barony of Herbertshire on May 12, 1512....all these properties being situated in the county of Stirling. In a decreet, dated July 20, 1501, he is mentioned as one of the procurators and commissioners for the burgh and community of Stirling; and for some years (1521-1530) he was a member of the town council. As a burgess of that town he formed one of the assize on the trial of Robert Monteith, on Oct. 16, 1525. Alexander, 1st of Dunipace, and his wife, Alison Gourlay, were both alived in May 1531.

bye his first wife, name unknown he had David Livingston of Bantaskine, who as the eldest son should have inherited the estate of Dunipace, but who had instead the lands of Bantaskine settled on him by his father. He was the ancestor of the Livingstons of Bantaskine. David died during his father's lifetime, before April 1525, leaving by his wife, Margaret Shaw, a son Alexander, who succeeded to the estate of Bantaskine.

Alexander married 2nd Alison Gourlay by whom he had Master Alexander of Phildes, who succeeded to Dunipace on the death of his father.

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Alexander Livingston, 2nd of Dunipace, Lord Dunipace's Timeline

1488
1488
UK
1488
Scotland, United Kingdom
1500
1500
Nether Providence Township, PA, USA
1528
1528
West Bay Road,Cape Breton,Nova Scotia,Canada
1535
1535
UK
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1555
Age 20
Kirkland, Oneida, New York, USA
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Age 25
UK
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