Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Livingstone, James (1616-1661)

LIVINGSTONE, Sir JAMES, of Barncloich, first Viscount Kilsyth (1616–1661), born on 25 June 1616, was younger son of Sir William Livingstone of Kilsyth, a lord of session, by his second wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir John Houston of Houston. On 23 April he was served heir male of his brother's grandson. Being a devoted loyalist he garrisoned Kilsyth Castle against Cromwell, for which and for other services he received from Charles II a letter of thanks dated 7 Oct. 1650. He was excepted from Cromwell's act of grace in 1654, and fined 1,500l. After the Restoration he was on 17 Aug. 1661 raised to the peerage of Scotland by the title of Viscount Kilsyth and Lord Campsie. He died in London on 7 Sept. following. By Eupheme, daughter of Sir Robert Cunningham of Robertland, he had two sons, James, second viscount, and William, third and last viscount, who having engaged in the rebellion of 1715 was attainted of high treason, and died an exile in Holland in 1733. Of his two daughters, Elizabeth married General the Hon. Robert Montgomery, fifth son of Alexander, sixth earl of Eglinton, and Anne died unmarried.

[Douglas's Scottish Peerage (Wood), ii. 38.]

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