Neil Livingstone of Jura, Argyll, Scotland, and his wife Ann sailed on the Prince of Wales in 1819. (1) The ship’s log gives the members of their party as their son James (24) and his wife Marion (23), Hugh (19), Flora (16), Kitty (15), John (13), and Duncan (9). An older son, Donald, had been at Red River since 1812. Neil and his wife last appear in the Red River census in 1840. No record of their deaths has been found.
Donald Livingstone sailed on the Robert Taylor in 1812 with Owen Keveny’s party. At York Factory, on Sept. 5, 1812, he married Ann McGilvera, another passenger on the ship. (2) Donald had been engaged as a boat builder and Keveny had wanted to leave him at York in that capacity, but as a married man, he was sent to the settlement. He continued his trade at the colony, and later served as a constable and then bailiff. He remained in the settlement until 1840, when he left with his wife and younger children for Scotch Grove, Iowa. Ann died soon after their arrival in Iowa and Donald married Maria Foust, a widow with young children.
James Livingstone and his wife, referred to as Sarah or Sally in all Red River records, farmed in the settlement. (Mor/Moreen is Scottish and Irish Gaelic, sometimes Anglicized as Sarah. There are also two variants of her maiden name: Buie or Bowie.) James was one of the builders of Middle Church (St. Paul’s Anglican) and also was a constable at one time. In 1838 they left for Scotch Grove. James froze to death returning from Dubuque in January 1845.
Hugh Livingstone married Isabella Rose, a woman from Nairn, Scotland, in 1830. Hugh also served as constable and helped in the construction of Middle Church. They remained in the colony until 1835, when they went to Scotch Grove. Hugh died under similar circumstances as his brother James in 1847.
Flora Livingstone, married Samuel Henderson about 1820. The Hendersons remained at Red River.
Catherine (Kitty) Livingstone married John McLean in 1823. They stayed in the settlement until 1838, when they went to Scotch Grove. By 1841 John had died and Kitty had married David McKay (McCoy).
John Livingstone married Sophie McDonnell in 1834. She died in 1835 and John went to Scotch Grove in 1840 with his brother Donald. He did not remarry.
Duncan Livingstone died at Red River in 1832. He was unmarried.
(1) HBCA C.1/788: passenger list of the Prince of Wales, outward bound, 1819
(2) The marriage date of Donald and Ann is usually given as September 6. This date is probably taken from a letter written by Owen Keveny to Lord Selkirk on Sept. 8, 1812, from York Factory which says they were married “the day before yesterday” (Selkirk Papers p.472). The journal of Charles Bourke, an Irish priest who accompanied the 1811 men, entry of September 6, 1812, at York Factory says that a couple were married by Mr. Auld. He includes the note that the marriage took place on the 5th (Selkirk Papers p. 17899).