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John Houstoun of Houstoun, Knight

Also Known As: "Sir John Houston"
Birthplace: Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: 1456 (58-60)
Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: Houstoun, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Patrick Houstoun of that Ilk and Mary Colquhoun
Husband of Agnes Campbell and Elizabeth Sinclair
Father of Marion Houston; Sir Peter Houstoun, 13th of that Ilk; John Houstoun, 13th of that Ilk; Margaret Houstoun; Elizabeth Houstoun and 1 other
Brother of Thomas de Hoston, seigneur de Torcy
Half brother of Sir Patrick Houston, 11th Chief

Occupation: Feudal baron
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About Sir John Houstoun, 12th of that Ilk

Sir John Houstoun of that Ilk

  • Birth:  Abt 1398  Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland  
  • Death:  1456. Buried Houston Chapel, Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland: effigy  
  • Father:  Patrick Houstoun of that ilk. His ancestry is unclear; said to descend from Sir Finlay of Houston.
  • Mother:  Maria Colquhoun 
  • Married: Agnes (Annes) Campbell Also known as Patrick Houston


  • 1. Peter Houstoun, of that ilk. Married Helen Schaw. Died at Flodden, 1513
  • 2. Elizabeth Houstoun. Married 1) William Douglas, 4th of Mains 2) Cuthbert Montgomery, of Skelmorlie
  • 3. Agnes Houstoun, of Houstoun. Married Sir James-John Livingstone, 3rd Lord of Callendar.
  • 4. Marion Houstoun, b. Abt 1431, Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Married 1) Colin Campbell, 3rd of Ardkinglass 2) James Craufurd [Crawford], of Auchenames and Crosbie


From, quoting from pages 22 and 23 of the book "Bold Legacy - The Story of The Huston-Huston Ancestors", by Cleburn Huston.

"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."
"While some remodeling was being done on the church some years ago, the monument was dismantled. It lay neglected and exposed to the element, in various locations, for long periods of time. Eventually the statues were restored to the church, where they have since remained."

  • comments that Elizabeth Sinclair (daughter of the 3rd Earl of Orkney & Marjory Sutherland) is listed as a wife, and notes: "dates are a little strange. She may is said to have married "the laird of Houstoun". This may have been Sir Peter the son but this is not supported by Stirnets' Houstoun01."
    •, Peter Barns-Graham, Livingston02:
    • The Scots Peerage (Linlithgow)
    • Burkes Extinct Peerages 1883 (Linlithgow)
  • i. Sir Finlay of Houstoun a 1296 From whom descended ...
    • Sir Patrick Houstoun of that ilk d 1450 m Maria Colquhoun d 1456
      • 1. Sir John Houstoun of that ilk d 1456
        • A. Sir Peter Houstoun of that ilk d Flodden 09.09.1513
  • has Sir John married to Annes Campbell, citing:
    • 974. “Huston, Cleburn, "Bold Legacy - The Story of The Huston-Huston Ancestors",” Book, 41, Sir John Houstoun I, succeeded 1450 died 1456.
    • 970. “Web Site,”, “Web-Site.” Hugh had three sons: Reginald, Borthwick, and Archibald. At Hugh's death, the Renfrewshire lands were inherited by Reginald, the eldest son, who deeded them to his eldest son Hugh Fitz-Reginald, circ
    • 60. Jim Houston, “William Houston of Cutreoch,” 23 Mar 2003, Vans Family Archive, Emails. Based largely on the 1684 Parish Lists of Wigtownshire and Minnigaff, published in 1916 and printed for the Scottish Record Society by J. Skinner and Company, Limited, Edinburgh
    • 977. “Huston, Cleburn, "Bold Legacy - The Story of The Huston-Huston Ancestors",” Book, 41, Sir John Houstoun I, succeeded 1450, died 1456.
    • 978. “A History Of The County Of Renfrew From The Earliest Times, Metcalfe, W. M. 1840-1916,” Book, “A History of the County Renfrew from the Earliest Times Paisley,” “"A History and Genealogy of the Families of Bayard, Houstoun of Georgia",” Joseph Gaston Baillie Bulloch, M.D., " Here Lyes John of Houston, Lord of that ilk and Annes Campbel his Spouse, who died Anno 1456".
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Sir John Houstoun, 12th of that Ilk's Timeline

Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
of, Houstoun, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Age 59
Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Age 59
Houston-Kilallan parish church, Houstoun, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom