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incurred at Dunipace in connexion with the funeral of King
Robert the Bruce, we are enabled to follow his remains from
Cardross, by way of Dunipace and Cambuskenneth, to their
last resting-place in front of the high altar of the Abbey Church
of Dunfermline."

There is a charter to Maurice Murray' of the " right " of
Dunipace in the reign of David II. The Abbey of Cambus-
kenneth held its lands of Dunipace for 300 years. In 1400
we find Patrick, the seventeenth Abbot, involved in judicial
proceedings about a part of these lands which he upheld had
been granted by a certain John Ker as a gift to the Abbey.
The case was for a time decided against the Abbot, but David,

> See Note A in Appendix,

= "The Book of Wallace," Vol. II., p. 89. The Rev. C. Rogers, D.D., the editor,
says the priest of Dunipace was probably the brother of Wallace's mother, and identi-
fies him with Roger, chaplain to Gilbert de Umfraville.

= Historical Documents, Scotland.

♦ Probably the superiority. See Robertson's " Index of Charters."

» Preface, Exchequer Rolls, Vol. I.

' Robertson's " Index of Charters,"



Dunipacc. 87

the nineteenth Abbot, again brought up the case at a court
held at Dunipace by William Murray of Touchadam, " baillie
to Richt Mighty Lord, William, Earl of Orknay and Katnes,"
and lord of the barony of" Harbertschire."' John Ker claimed
4 oxgangs " Hand in Dunipace pertenying to hous of Cambus-
kenneth." The Abbot showed that John Ker had given the
lands to the Abbey, and this time the case went in the
Abbot's favour. Among the witnesses were Thomas Gardnar
of Denovane, and Andrew Reidheuch of the Quarrell.'

The following extract from the Acta Dominorum Atidiiorum
shows that part of the lands of Dunipace belonged to Malcolm
Forrester of Torwood. On 12th March, 1478, Malcolm Forrester
of Torwood proves " that land of Donypas, which he gave to
Elizabeth Erth, was worth 6 merk yearly."

LIVINGSTONE OF DUNIPACE.

The Abbey sold the lands of Dunipace to the family of
Livingstone in 1495. There seems to be no printed pedigree of
the Dunipace branch of the Livingstones. Mr. E. B. Living-
stone, F.S.A., in his book entitled " The Livingstones of
Callendar and their Principal Cadets," privately printed in
1887, leaves them out on the ground of want of space, and
classes them among the " numerous minor offshoots " of the
family. The following attempted history of the family is made
up from the Public Records of Scotland. It does not pretend to
be a complete genealogy, but it shows the succession of the
Livingstone lairds of Dunipace from the acquiring till the
parting with the lands.

1 Dunipace %vas at this time iu the baron j of Herbeilshire.
* Cart, of Cambuskenneth,



88 Dunipace.

Sir Alexander Livingstone of Callendar,* the celebrated
guardian of James II., had two sons, James, ist Lord
Livingstone, and Alexander of Phildes, or Fildes, Perthshire.
Alexander of Phildes was executed on 22nd January, 1449-50,
and his lands forfeited, one of the crimes with which he was
charged being the treasonable imprisonment of the Queen-
Mother (Joan Beaufort) in 1439. His ill fortune dogged at
least one of his descendants, and, as we follow the fortunes
of the various families who possessed Dunipace, we shall
find that a singular fatality seems to have hung over them.
Alexander Livingstone of Phildes left a son —

I. — Alexander, first of Dunipace. From an inventory of
the writs of Dunipace it appears that Alexander had a charter
on 20th November, 1495, from the Abbot of Cambuskenneth,
which was confirmed by Pope Alexander II. by a commission
dated at Rome, 5th April, 1496. He had a charter of Pettin-
toskane (or Bantaskine), lOth February, 1506-7, from Robert
Kincaid of Pettintoskane." In 15 12 he was chosen arbitrator in
a violent quarrel between the fifth Lord Livingstone and his son,
Alexander. In one of the charters to him under the Great Seal of
Scotland, dated 24th December, 1521, the name of his wife' is
stated to be Alison Gourlay, and their son, Alexander, is also
named. The Burgh Records of Stirling show that he was a
member of the Town Council of Stirling in 1527-8. By his
wife, Alison Gourlay, he had two sons, David' and "Mr."
Alexander."

1 Exchequer Rolls, Vol. V., Pref ., pp. 53 and 80.

= RiddeU's MS. "Baronetage."

"• Mr. R. Riddell in his MS. "Baronetage" suggests that Alexander Livingstone,
first of Dunipace, had a previous wife to Alison Gourlay, and that his eldest son, David,
was by the first wife.

* Ibid.

' Mr. Alexander is named as son of Alison Gouvlav.— R. M. S. See Genealogical
Chart.



2.b-so



5. David of Bantaskine
d.v.p. before 14th
April, 1525



Alexander of Bantaskine
(See Note B in Appendix)



6a. Elizabeth Hepburn, dau. of
Sir Adam Hepburn of
Crags



15. Margaret 15i5. Thomas



Leighton
jFllshaven
;rt Bruce,
1 heir apparent
p of Clackmannan



15rt. John Strachan
of Thornton



16. Sir John, b Elizabeth
Ki II



Alex. Straton,
on of Alex. S.
of that ilk



19^. Margaret = IQc. James Kincaid
of that ilk,
div. 26th July,
1570



20. John, 21. Alexander, 22. Sir l,id
fiar of d.v.p. Fifth c

Dunipace, circa 1607 pace,

d.v.p. (30th M

before 30th

Sept., 1606 22a. Barbara



20a. Patrick,
probably
nat. son



31. J



(1) Ex. Rolls, Vol. v., Preface LIII. aDji, ]525. (5a) Riddells MS. "Baronetage." (6) R. M. S.
24th December, 1521, and 8th March, 1552. (]2) MSS. Stirling Protocols, 6th October, 1 530. (13) Acts
of Parlt. of Scot. (13a) R. M. S. 8th Ibecreets, 22, 405; R.M. S. 29th June, 1553. (15b) Acts and
Decreets, Vol. X. (16j Acts Parlt. Scot.! (19 and 19o) R. «. S. 21st June, 1585. (196 and 19c) Acte
and Decreets. (20) Acts Parlt. Scot. (h. (22o) R. M. S. 3rd May, 1609. (23) P. C. Reg. (1605).
(24) R. M. S. 10th July, 1607. (24a) Acts ai (27 and 27a) R. M. S. 3rd March, 1632. (28, 29, 30) R. M. S.
24th April, 1628. (31 and 31a) Writs of D



* Agnes contracted, 24th February, 1601



88 Dunipace.

Sir Alexander Livingstone of Callendar/ the celebrated
guardian of James II., had two sons, James, ist Lord
Livingstone, and Alexander of Phildes, or Fildes, Perthshire.
Alexander of Phildes was executed on 22nd January, 1449-50,
and his lands forfeited, one of the crimes with which he was
charged being the treasonable imprisonment of the Queen-
Mother (Joan Beaufort) in 1439. His ill fortune dogged at
least one of his descendants, and, as we follow the fortunes
of the various families who possessed Dunipace, we shall
find that a singular fatality seems to have hung over them.
Alexander Livingstone of Phildes left a son —

I. — Alexander, first of Dunipace. From an inventory of
the writs of Dunipace it appears that Alexander had a charter
on 20th November, 149S, from the Abbot of Cambuskenneth,
which was confirmed by Pope Alexander II. by a commission
dated at Rome, 5th April, 1496. He had a charter of Pettin-
toskane (or Bantaskine), lOth February, 1506-7, from Robert
Kincaid of Pettintoskane." In 15 12 he was chosen arbitrator in
a violent quarrel between the fifth Lord Livingstone and his son,
Alexander. In one of the charters to him under the Great Seal of
Scotland, dated 24th December, 1521, the name of his wife" is
stated to be Alison Gourlay, and their son, Alexander, is also
named. The Burgh Records of Stirling show that he was a
member of the Town Council of Stirling in 1527-8. By his
wife, Alison Gourlay, he had two sons, David* and "Mr."
Alexander."

1 Exchequer Rolls, Vol. V., Pref., pp. 53 and 80.

= Eiddell's JIS. " Baronetage."

" Mr. R. Riddell in his MS. "Baronetage" suggests that Alexander Livingstone,
first of Dunipace, had a previous wife to Alison Gourlay, and that his eldest son, David,
was by the first wife.

• Ibid.

' Mr. Alexander is named as son of Alison Gourlay.— E. M. S. See Genealogical
Chart.



GENEALOGICAL CHART QF LIVINGSTONES OF DUNIPACE.



1. Sir ALEXANDER LIVINGSTONE of Callenda



2. James, First Lord Livingstone



3. Alexander of Phildes or Fildes, forfeited and executed, i449-!

4. Alexander, First of Dunipace = ia. Alison Gourlay



6. David of lianlaskinc = 5


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