Person NameLivingston; family; earls of Callendar and Linlithgow
ActivityThe first Earl of Linlithgow was Alexander Livingston. His younger son, James, was a soldier in Europe. He returned to Scotland in 1633 and was created Lord Livingston of Almond for his services. In 1634 he acquired the barony of Callendar on the resignation of his elder brother, the 2nd. Earl of Linlithgow, and others. He was raised to the rank of Earl of Callendar in 1641, and was reinvested in his estates, which had been forfeited under the Commonwealth, at the restoration of the monarchy. He was succeeded, as he had arranged, by his nephew Alexander Livingston as 2nd. Earl of Callendar. He was succeeded in turn by his nephew Alexander, as he died without legitimate issue. The 3rd. Earl’s son James, who succeeded in his minority in 1693, also succeeded his uncle George as 5th Earl of Linlithgow in 1695. During the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, he supported the Jacobite cause and his estates were forfeited. Though the family was still in existence in the 1840s, no successful effort had been made to recover the title. The present day Marquises of Linlithgow are not connected with the Livingston family.
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