This ancient and noble line extends back to a remote period, and in New York we find the family occupying many positions of prominence.
We will, however, begin the genealogy with Sir Andrew de Livingston, Sheriff of Lanark, 1296, whose grandson, Sir William Livingston, of Callendar and subsequently of Kilsyth, married Christian, daughter of Sir Patrick Callendar, and had: Sir John Livingston, who married, first, a daughter of Menteith of Kerse; and second, a daughter of Sir James Douglas, of Dalkeith, from whom descended the family of Kilsyth. Sir John fell in battle 1402 at Homildon Hill, leaving by the daughter of Menteith of Kerse, Sir Alexander Livingston, who had:
Sir James, Lord Livingston, had a son James, second Lord, who was succeeded as third Lord by James Livingston who is considered to be the son of Alexander, supposed to be the second son of James, the first Lord.
James Livingston, third Lord Livingston, married Agnes, daughter of Sir John Houstoun of that ilk, and had: William Livingston, fourth Lord of Callendar, who married Agnes, daughter of Alexander Hepburn of Whitsome, and had:
James Livingston,1 son of the fifth Lord, had: Rev. Alexander Livingston, Rector of Monyabroch, 1561, during the reign of Mary Queen of Scots. His son, Rev. William Livingston, minister of Monyabroch, had the noted Rev. John Livingston, of Ancrum (born 1603, died 1672); married Janet Fleming (born 1613, died 1693-4). Besides other issue there was Robert Livingston, born Dec. 13, 1654, at Ancrum, Roxburgshire, who went to the Colony of New York, where he had the grant of a tract of land called Livingston Manor, and hence was first Lord of the Manor. He married Alida Schuyler (born 1656, died 1729), and had, besides others, Philip Livingston, who had: Peter Van Brugh Livingston (baptized Nov. 3, 1710, died 1793). He married Mary Alexander (born Oct. 16, 1721, [died Sept. 27, 1769). She was daughter of James Alexander2, who went to New Jersey and became Surveyor General of New Jersey, and in 1720 member of Governor Burnett's Council. James Alexander (died 1756), married Mary, daughter of John Spratt, of Wigton, Scotland, who came to America These Alexanders were of Royal lineage, tracing from Alister or Alexander, son of John, who married a daughter of Robert III. Peter Van Brugh Livingston and Mary Alexander had: Catharine Livingston, baptized Oct. 2, 1743; married April 20, 1763, Nicholas Bayard; died Nov. 2, 1775.
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