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James Livingston
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Senior posting
See Diocese of Dunkeld
Title Bishop of Dunkeld
Period in office 1475–1483
Consecration 1476
Predecessor Thomas Lauder
Successor Alexander Inglis
Religious career
Previous bishoprics None
Previous post Rector of Forteviot;
Rector of Weme;
Vicar of Innerleithen;
Dean of Dunkeld
Personal
Date of birth 1400s
Place of birth Probably Saltcoats, East Lothian, Scotland
Place of death Dunkeld, Scotland, 1452

James Livingston was a 15th-century cleric from East Lothian in south-eastern Scotland. Born at an unknown date in the 1400s, he was a son of the Laird of Saltcoats.[1] He chose a career in the church, and became rector of the churches of Forteviot and Weme, and vicar of Innerleithen.[1] By 1474, if not earlier, he had become dean for the whole diocese of Dunkeld.[2] After the death of Thomas Lauder, Livingston was chosen as his successor as Bishop of Dunkeld.[3] Although Livingston's appointment was contested at Rome by Thomas Spens, Bishop of Aberdeen, who wanted to be translated to Dunkeld,[1] Livingston was consecrated on June 30, 1476.[3] Livingston's episcopate is relatively obscure; he spent a good deal of time in Edinburgh, where he is witness to several charters.[4] He died at Edinburgh,[4] on August 28, 1483.[5] He was buried in Inchcolm.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Dowden, Bishops of Scotland, p. 77.
  2. ^ Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 105.
  3. ^ a b Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 98.
  4. ^ a b c Dowden, Bishops of Scotland, p. 77.
  5. ^ Dowden, Bishops of Scotland, p. 78; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 98.

References

  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Watt, D.E.R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Thomas Lauder
Bishop of Dunkeld
1475/6–1483
Succeeded by
Alexander Inglis
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