Sir Thomas Livingstone

Although Sir Thomas earned military glory and rid his estate of debt, the chief of the clan Linlithgow was the last of his line. While the Scottish ruling classes might not have faced a French Revolution, their place in modern Britain was by no means guaranteed. Sir Thomas' story illustrates that skill, hard work and luck were all required to survive.

Lived
1770-1853
Origin
Westquarter, Stirlingshire
Father
Sir Alexander Livingstone. Thomas was the third, but first surviving, son. Alexander struggled with an estate ridden with debt. (4)
Mother
Ann Atkinson, daughter of John Atkinson of London
Estate
Westquarter, Stirlingshire
Profession
Entered the Navy 1782, at the attack on Martinique, assisted to convey the Russian contingent to England 1799, commanded the 'Diadem', was in the expedition against Quiberon and Belleisle in 1800, captured the 'Vigilante' sloop of war (18 guns) on the coast of Egypt in 1806, becoming Vice-Admiral 1838, and Admiral of the White 1851. Succeeded to the Baronetcy 1795. In 1803 he had a grant for life of the custody of the palace of Linlithgow and castle of Blackness, offices formerly held by his cousins the Earls of Linlithgow. (3)
Story
Thomas was able to take the estate out of debt and extend it. He was chief of the Livingstone clan, and pressed claims to the attainted Earldoms of Linlithgow and Callander, but he died childless, which he deeply regretted. With his death the legitimate male line of the family became extinct and any any claim to the earldoms was lost. (4)
Chapel connection
1809 (wedding)
Married on
26 August 1809
Spouse
Janet Stirling
Children
None

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. Complete Baronetage, ed G.E.C (William Pollard, Exeter, 1904) vol.4 p.386
  4. David E. Leask, Westquarter (Online, accessed 2 August 2011)

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