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Dugald Livingstone of Point Edward Lambton County, Ontario

Postby Canadian Livingstone » Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:32 pm

Hi All,

Dougald Livingstone (1837-1881) of Point Edward, Sarnia Township, Lambton County, Ontario son of Baron Coll Livingstone of Bachuil, Lismore, Argyll

Bachuil Livingstones: The Canadian Connection

I have come across very few people who are aware of a Canadian connection to this North American Bachuil Livingstone family story. Dougald or Dugald Livingstone was born abt. 1837 in Bachuil on the Island of Lismore the son of last child of Baron Coll Livingstone and his wife Dorothy McGlashan. His birth or baptism info does not survive in the Lismore Parish records but a check of the 1841 Census for householder Coll Livingstone Sr. of Bachuil, shows that he and wife Mary Carmichael had one last child named Dougall or Dougald Livingstone born abt. 1837 or 1836.
He is not found in the surviving Lismore Parish Baptismal records but is recorded in the 1841 Scottish Census as the youngest son of Coll Livingstone of Bachuil, Lismore (Baron Coll Livingstone) residing with his father, mother Mary Carmichael and the rest of the family at Bachuil. Following the death in 1842 of his father according to the 1851 Census he still residing on the family estate at Bachuil with his older brother Alexander who inherited his father’s title and his 10 or 11 acre property on the Isle of Lismore.

Following the departure of his brother Coll Livingstone Jr. in the 1850’s for United States, Dougald the youngest son of the late Baron Coll Livingstone left Bachuil, Lismore also. For some reason instead of settling with his older brother Coll and his cousins in the Sparta, Randolf County area of Illinois, USA, he ended up north of the U.S. border in Canada in the village of Point Edward, Sarnia Township, Lambton County, Ontario near the present day town of Sarnia, Ontario, sometime before the year 1861 where he eventually became a local merchant.

There was a slight particle of doubt in my mind at first whether Dougald was in fact Baron Coll Livingstone’s youngest son until recently I discovered his marriage record which indicated that he had married November 22 1870 Mary Boyd at Point Edward village in Sarnia Township and the marriage entry in fact mentioned that his father was Coll Livingstone and his mother Mary Carmichael. Also his gravestone in Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia, it should be noted, refers to Dougald Livingstone as a “Native of Lismore, Argyllshire, Scotland”.

According to his Canadian records Dougald Livingstone was born in Lismore, Argyllshire about 1837. The 1841 and 1851 Scottish census suggests he was born abt. 1835. According to his gravestone he died relatively young at age 43 on December 23, 1881 at Point Edward village. Despite his brief marriage to his wife Mary Boyd, they had five children all born in Point Edward: Mary born Oct. 6, 1871, John born April 19,1873, Flora born abt January 11,1875, Sarah born April 7,1877 and the youngest Coll Alexander born March 27, 1879.


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