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Recorded in the spellings of Livingstone and Livingston, this famous Scottish clan owes its name to lands in West Lothian originally settled by a Saxon! The parish of Livingston was named after an Englishman called "Leving" who settled there after being granted the lands by King David 1st of Scotland (1124 - 1153). The village was recorded as "Levingestun" in the 12th century, and amongst the early recordings is that of Turstanus Leuig, the son of the original Leving, who granted to the monks of Holyrood, the church of "Leuiggestun" in about the year 1200. Other early recordings include William Levestone (see below) who witnessed a grant by the earl of Levenax to Patrick Galbraith, whilst in 1296 Sir Archibald de Levingestoune, apparently of Edinburgh, rendered homage to the republican government of Scotland...

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