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William Livingston, Laird of Drumry & Callendar

Also Known As: "Sir William of Callendar"
Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: Drumry, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Callendar House,Stirling,Stirlingshire,Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William de Livingston and Margaret Comyn
Husband of Christian de Callendar
Father of Walter Livingston; Sir John Livingston of Callendar; William De Livingston, Laird of Callendar, Sir; Alexander Livingston; Patrick Livingston and 1 other
Half brother of John Livingston of Drumry; William de Soules II, Butler of Scotland and Sir John de Soules, Guardian of Scotland

Occupation: of Callendar, Knight, nobleman., Sheriff of Haddington 1339, Sheriff of Lanark 1358, Founder of House of Calendar, House of Callendar, Sheriff of Haddington then Lanark
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About Sir William Livingston, MP

William Livingston (son of William de Livingston) was born Abt. 1290 in Drumry, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, and died 30 Nov 1364 in Callendar, Scotland.

He married Christian de Callendar.

Sir William Livingston and Christian de Callendar had the following children:

  1. Patrick Livingston who died while a hostage in England
  2. Sir John Livingston of Callendar
  3. William Livingston who was appointed in 1402 one of the guardians of his nephew Archibald de Livingston.
  4. Walter Livingston who was appointed in 1402 one of the guardians of his nephew Archibald de Livingston


Notes for William Livingston:

From The Livingstons of Callendar, etc by Edwin Brockholst Livingston 1920:

That Sir William Livingston was a personage of considerable importance is shown by the fact that in August 1340 he was one of the five noble Scottish hostages for the Regent Moray, son of the famous Randolph, when the regent was released on his parole in that year. These hostages included Patrick Dunbar, Earl of March, and Sir Alexander Seton. Sir William also in the summer of the following year, at the head of ten horsemen, escorted Moray back to his English prison on the termination of his parole. Four years later July 10, 1345 he recived from King David II, as a reward for his loayal services, a charter of the lands of Callendar in Stirlingshire, then in the king's hands through the forfeiture of Patrick de Callendar, who had been actively employed in the English interest. These lands had been previously granted by Patrick de Callendar to a Henry of Douglas, but this transaction had naturally not recieved the royal confirmation. The better to strengthen his title to these lands, at a time when estates were constantly changing hands at every turn of the tide in the struggle between England and Scotland, Sir William deemed it prudent to marry Patrick's only daughter and heiress, Christian de Callendar.

Sir Willliam Livingston, founder of the house of Callendar was Sheriff of Haddington in 1339; June 1344 Sir William was a member of the parliament which was held at Scone in that month. He was also a member of Assize appointed by that parliament to try Malise, Earl of Strathearn, for felony and treason.

Sir William supported the House of Bruce, and he accompanied King David II on his ill-fated invasion of England in 1346. Following the Scottish defeat at the battle of Neville’s Cross on October 17, 1346, King David along with many of his followers, including Sir William Livingston, were taken prisoner. Sir William being a prisoner of note was committed to the special care of the Archbishop of York, who was made personally responsible for his safekeeping by a royal warrant, signed at Reading Feb. 14, 1346-47. He was soon released at the request of his captive king, who valued his services so highly that he wanted Sir William appointed a member of the Scottish Commission, in whose hands were entrusted the negotiations with the English government as to the Scottish King's ransom, and the ratification of a Treaty of Peace between the two countries. It was in connection with these negotiations that he received a safe-conduct from King Edward the Third of England, dated Dec. 7, 1347, in which he is styled Willelmus de Levyngstoun bannerettus. In a list of hostages embodied in the preliminary articles of the treaty, the eighth name is William, son of Sir William Livingston of Callendar. These wearisome negotiations extended over a period of ten years, so that as one of the Scottish Commissioners, Sir William had to make several journeys to visit his captive king, and must therefore have felt quite at home in the Tower of London. It was not until Oct. 1357, eleven years after the battle of Neville's Cross, that the treaty settling the terms of the ransom of David de Bruys, the King's prisoner, and his release from the Tower was finally agreed to and ratified. Sir William's armorial seal is attached to the treaty, as well as to the ratification of the same, and both of these records are still carefully preserved in the Public Record Office, London.

Additional Note: He was at the siege of Stirling by the Steward of Scotland in 1341, the Chamberlain's account for 1342 showing that 160 merks were sent to him during the siege, doubtless for the subsistence of the men under him. During the period of the same account (22 May 1341 to 11 June 1342) he went abroad on the business of the kingdom, and was paid a sum of £6, 13s 4d for loss sustained by him in his equipment for the journey. One of the hostages for the payment of the King's ransom of 100,000 merks was Patrick, son and heir of Sir William Livingston, he having apparently been substituted for his younger brother William. A most unfortunate substitution for the son and heir, as he never lived to return to his native country. The latest mention of Patrick is contained in a "Memorandum of the Delivery of the Hostages for King David's Ransom,' which read: "Item Patrik filz et heire a monsire William de Leiuyngstone est delivre a Richard Snel, bourgois de Barewyk (Berwick-on-Tweed), et que le roy David a promis par promesse de sa bouche, et une lettre plackette de son signet quil sera bien garde et ne eslongera.'

From papal letters of this period we learn that the presentation to the church of Restalrig, South Leith, was at this date in the gift of Sir William de Livingston, and that in July 1358 Pope Innocent VI granted an indult to him and Cristina his wife, of the diocese of Glasgow, to choose a confessor, who shall give them, being permitted, plenary remission at the hour of death, with the usual safeguards.

In 1358-59 Sir William Livingston was Sheriff of Lanark, and on 13 October 1362 he obtained from the King a charter of the lands of Kilsyth, which on the forfeiture of his father-in-law had been donated to Malcolm Fleming, Earl of Wigton, and conveyed by him to Robert de Vall, whose daughter and heiress dying in England, the lands reverted to the Crown. [The Scots Peerage V:423-424]

Sir William was deceased between the 17th of Oct. 1362 and the 30th of Nov. 1364, on which latter date the rools of the Exchequer contain particulars of a payment made to his son William, by order of King David, towards defraying the expense of his father's funeral. The junior William was evidently acting as executor to his father's estate, an office which was often performed by younger sons in those days.

The Livingstons of Callendar, and in all probability their predecessors, buried their dead within the south aisle of the Old Kirk of Falkirk and their family tomb was marked by four grit-stone statues, representing two knights and their ladies, two of which lay within and two without the church.

From The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland; Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, Volume 5 (Google eBook) James Balfour Paul D. Douglas, 1908 - Nobility.  "LIVINGSTON, VISCOUNT KILSYTH Page 184:

THE lands of Kilsyth (Kelnasydhe in the oldest charter) appear to have formed part of the ancient earldom of Lennox. A carucate and a half of these lands, together with the patronage of the church of Moniabrochd formed part of the dowry of Eva, sister of Maldouen, Earl of Lennox, on her marriage to Malcolm, son of Duncan,1 but there is no evidence that it was erected into a barony at that period.

Through Alwin, Thane of Callendar, son of Eva, this part of Kilsyth was inherited by the family of Callendar (anciently Kalentyr or Calentar), but was forfeited by Sir Patrick Callendar owing to his adherence to the cause of Baliol.

Christian, the daughter and heiress of Sir Patrick, became the wife of Sir William Livingston, who obtained from David n. a grant of the lands of Callendar,3 and also, by a charter in favour of himself and his wife, the lands of Kilsyth. From this latter charter, it would appear that the whole of these lands had previously been in the hands of the calendars and had passed from them to Robert de Vall, whose daughter and heiress dying unmarried in England, they had fallen to the Crown.

At the instance of Sir Robert Erskine, the King, remembering the connection of the calendars with Kilsyth, and considering that it would be only an act of justice to restore the lands of Christian de Callendar and her husband as the representatives of that family, this was done by the charter referred to, which is dated 13 October 1362.


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Sir William Livingston, MP's Timeline

Drumry, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
Age 32
Age 34
Callendar House,Stirling,Stirlingshire,Scotland
Age 40
Callendar House, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Age 40
Age 48
Callendar House,Stirling,Stirlingshire,Scotland
Age 48