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John Patrick Houston (Houstoun)

Death: Died
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Son of Sir Patrick John Houstoun, and Maria Colquhoun
Husband of Agnes Campbell
Father of Sir Peter John Houstoun, 13th of that Ilk; Margaret Houstoun; John Peter Houston, of Houstoun and Marion Houstoun

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 Father*: Sir Patrick Houston of that Ilk d. 1450
   Mother*: Agnes Campbell1 d. 1450
   Sir John Houstoun , Knt. was the son of Sir Patrick Houston of that Ilk and Agnes Campbell.
   Marriage*: Sir John Houstoun , Knt. married Maria Colquohon.
   Death*: Sir John Houstoun , Knt. died in 1456.

Heirs to these sovereigns, almost without exception, inherited the throne while still in childhood. This made it necessary for government to be carried on by rival regents, adding fuel to violence and turmoil. It is not know how Sir John met his death, but he lived to rule the Barony only six years and died in the part of which is preserved to this day and can be seen by visitors to the Houston-Kilallan parish church in Renfrewhire. Inside the church, near the front entrance, there rest two life size effigies in stone of Sir John Houstoun and his wife, Agnes Campbell. These reclining statues are what remain of a more elaborate monument. The historian George Crawford writes that Sir John died in 1456 and was buried in the parish church of Houstoun, under a canopy of freestone, with effigies of himself and his lady, as big as life. Around the verge of the tomb I find the inscription in Saxon capitals, "here lie's John de Houstoun, Lord of that ilk and Lady Agnes Campbell, his spouse". According to historian J.C. Campbell, the canopy of freestone resembled an alcove bed. The statue representing Sir John was dressed in a coat of mail, the head, which rested on a pillow, being covered with one of those hood-like helmets worn by the Barons of the 15th century. His feet rested against a lion with gaping jaws, holding a lamb in its paw under it. The image of the dame was dressed in the rich robes of a lady of rank. Both figures were laid with their faces toward heaven, while their hands were raised in a attitude of prayer.

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