James Livingston (bishop)

James Livingston was a 15th-century cleric from East Lothian in south-eastern Scotland. Born at an unknown date in the 15th century, 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 30 June 1476.[3] Livingston's episcopate is relatively obscure; he spent a good deal of time in Edinburgh, where he is witness to several charters.[1] He died at Edinburgh,[1] on 28 August 1483.[4] He was buried in Inchcolm.[1]

James Livingston
Bishop of Dunkeld
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeDiocese of Dunkeld
In office1475–1483
PredecessorThomas Lauder
SuccessorAlexander Inglis
Personal details
Born15th century
Probably Saltcoats, East Lothian, Scotland
DiedDunkeld, Scotland, 1452
Previous post(s)Rector of Forteviot;
Rector of Weme;
Vicar of Innerleithen;
Dean of Dunkeld


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


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