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John Houstoun of Houstoun, Knight

Also Known As: "Sir John Houston"
Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: 1456 (59)
Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: Houstoun, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Patrick Houstoun of that Ilk and Mary Livingston Houstoun
Husband of Agnes Campbell and Elizabeth Sinclair
Father of Marion Houston; Sir Peter Houstoun, 14th of that Ilk; John Houstoun, 13th of that Ilk; Margaret Houstoun; Elizabeth Houstoun and 1 other
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."

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Sir John Houstoun, 12th of that Ilk's Timeline

Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Age 34
Houstoun, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 41
Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Age 59
Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Age 59
Houstoun, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom