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William Livingston of Callendar, Knight

Birthplace: Callendar House, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James-John Livingstone; James Livingston; Elizabeth (Beatrice) Fleming of Biggar and Beatrice Livingston
Ex-husband of Agnes Hepburn, Lady Livingston
Partner of Mariota Taylor
Father of Alexander Livingston, 5th Lord Livingston of Callendar; Master James Livingston; Honorable Margaret Livingston; Capt. William Livingstone and unknown Livingston
Brother of Elizabeth Livingston
Half brother of Honorable Elizabeth Livingston and Alexander Livingston

Occupation: 4th Lord Livingston of Callendar, Knight, 4th Lord, nobleman., 4th Lord Callendar
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About William Livingstone, 4th Lord Livingston of Callendar

Sir William Livingston, 4th Lord Livingston of Callendar who in February 1509/10 resigned the whole of his lands in the Barony of Callendar in favour of his son and heir Alexander, 5th Lord Livingston of Callendar; leaving his liferent interest and a reasonable terse for his wife. His married life, owing to his dissipated habits, was not a happy one.

  • Father James-John Livingstone, 3rd Lord of Callendar
  • Mother Elizabeth (Beatrice) Fleming, of Biggar and Cumbernauld


  1. Agnes Hepburn, daughter of Alexander Hepburn of Whitsome, younger and Janet Napier, before 2 April 1501.3
  2. (partnership with) Mariota Taylor

Child of William Livingston, 4th Lord Livingston

  1. Margaret Livingston+1

Children of William Livingston, 4th Lord Livingston and Agnes Hepburn

  1. Alexander Livingston, 5th Lord Livingston+1 b. c 1500, d. b 4 Jan 1551
  2. James Livingston+3 b. 1504, d. 10 Sep 1547


  1. G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume VIII, page 94. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  2. Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VIII, page 93.
  3. Hans Harmsen, "re: Chester Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 21 August 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Chester Family."


  1. Stirnet Genealogy, Peter Barns-Graham, Hepburn1 (Reliability: 3)



William Livingston (b. Abt. 1473, d. Bef. 25 Apr 1518) William Livingston (son of James Livingston and Beatrice Fleming) was born Abt. 1473 in Scotland, and died Bef. 25 Apr 1518 in Callendar, Scotland. He married Agnes Hepburn on Bef. 05 Apr 1501 in Scotland.

Includes NotesNotes for William Livingston:

From The Livingstons of Callendar by Edwin Brockholst Livingston 1920: William obtained the Callendar estates in 1503. On Jan. 21, 1509-10 he received from James IV a charter of confirmation of part of the lands of Callendar in Menteith, Culter in Lanarkshire, and Cragstoun in Kilsyth, with the advowson of the church of Culter, in favour of himself and Agnes Hepburn, his spouse, on his own resignation for cunjunct infeftment.

in February 1509/10 resigned the whole of his lands in the Barony of Callendar in favour of his son and heir Alexander, 5th Lord Livingston of Callendar; reserving his liferent interest and a reasonable terse for his wife. His married life, owing to his dissipated habits, was not a happy one and in 1512 he had a bitter quarrel with his eldest son and heir, the Master of Livingston, 'for the wranguise and maisterfull takyng of his house and place of Callendar,' and 'meddling with and disposing of his goods and provisions therein'; In consequence of this family quarrel, Lord Livingston, on Nov. 9, 1512, authorised David Hamilton, Bishop of Argyll, James Hamilton, Earl of Arran, William Livingston of Kilsyth, Sir Patrick Hamilton of Kincavill and Master William Laing, to prosecute his son and his accomplices before the King and Council. Feb. 17 1513-14 an agreement was reached to the effect that the said William, Lord Livingston and Master of Livingston are content that the discharge of the feu of Castletoun and Balmalloch given by the said Lord to William of Kilsyth stand in form and effect, and raitfy and approve the same for the said William, Lord of Callendar's, lifetime and the said Alexander, 'fear of the Lordschip of Calentar' shall not 'pley' the said discharge for his father's lifetime'. On the same day another deed was signed at Callendar House, by the terms of which document all their other differences were to be submitted to arbitration, the arbitrators to be William Livingston of Kilsyth and Master Alexander Livingston, son to Alexander Livingston of Dunipace.

In 1516, Lady Livingston applied to the Ecclesiastical Court of St. Andrews for a decree of divorce on account of her husband having committed adultery with one Mariota Taylor and having had issue by her. On September 29, 1516, the court granted Lady Livingston a separation "a mensa thoro et mutua cohabitatione ac servitute" from her husband while he was ordered to support her in accordance with her rank and means. 

On July 13, 1513 King James IV addressed a letter to 'our lovite cousing, William, Lord Levingstoun,' requiring him to 'furniss certane abill young men weill abilyeit to pass in our schippis with an armye to the supple of our traist cousing and bruther, the King of France.' These able young men do not appear to have been very keen on going to France, and the outbreak of war with England saved them the necessity of doing so, as their services were no wanted at home, as it was in the autumn of this year that King James and the flower of his nobility feel on the fatal field of Flodden. On the 15th of March 1514, Alexander, Master of Livingston, gave sasine to his kinsman William Livingston of Kilsyth in the lands of Castletoun and Balamlloch, as the son and heir of William LIvingston of Kilsyth who had been slain in that battle, which is conclusive proof that both William, Lord Livingston, and his eldest son and heir the Master of Livingston, ahd survived 'that most dolent day' for Scotland. From other deeds in the Kilsyth charter chest, and from a crown charter dated April 25, 1518 it appears Lord Livingston did not die in 1514 as stated in the Scots Peerage, but at some date between the latter part of the year 1516 and the 21st of April 1518. Lord LIvingston has married prior to April 2, 1501, Agnes, a younger daughter of Alexander Hepburn, of Whitsome, and sister of James Hepburn, Bishop of Moray.

Died: before April 25, 1518 Married before April 5, 1501 to Agnes Hepburn, daughter of Alexander Hepburn, the Younger, of Whitsome, who was son of Sir Patrick Hepburn, Lord Hailes. Separation on September 29, 1516. Sir William Livingston and Agnes Hepburn had the following children: Alexander Livingston, 5th Lord Livingston of Callendar who was the guardian of the young Mary Queen of Scots. He married first to Janet Stewart and they had no issue. He married second to Agnes Douglas, daughter of John, 2nd Earl of Morton. Alexander Livingston, 5th Lord Livingston of Callendar died in 1553. His eldest son, John Livingston, the Master of Livingston, married Janet, eldest daughter of Malcolm, 3rd Lord Fleming. They had no issue. John was slain at the Battle of Pinkie, September 10th, 1547. His second son, William Livingston, became the 6th Lord Livingston. He married Agnes, youngest daughter of Malcolm, 3rd Lord Fleming. Their eldest son, Alexander Livingston, 7th Lord Livingston of Callendar, married Helenor Hay, elder daughter of Andrew, 8th Earl of Errol. His youngest son, Thomas Livingston, married Agnes Crawford of Haining. Their 11X great granddaughter Helen Hanson (born 1947, living in Australia as of 2001) supplied much of the previously missing Livingston genealogy from the 12th and 13th centuries . Master James Livingston

William Livingston who was Captain of the Royal Castle of Kirkwall in the Orkneys. He married Margaret Strang. Margaret Livingston who married John, 4th Lord Hay of Yester. Dame Isobel Livingston, Lady Roslin who married Sir Oliver Sinclair of Roslinas his third wife. According to Douglas's Peerage, this Isobel Livingston married Nicol Ramsay of Dalhousie, while the Scots Peerage declares Ramsay's wife was the daughter of Sir Robert Livingston of Wemyss.

More About William Livingston and Agnes Hepburn: Marriage: Bef. 05 Apr 1501, Scotland.

Children of William Livingston and Agnes Hepburn are: i.+James Livingston, b. Abt. 1500, Callendar, Scotland, d. 10 Sep 1547, slain at the Battle of Pinkie, near Edinburgh..



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Callendar, Stirlingshire, Scotland
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Age 43
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