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Title: Why would a Maconlea change his name to Livingstone?
Posted by: Donald (Livingstone) Clink
Date: 16 March 2007

Hi All, 

Lets imagine you were one of the Maconlea clansman that met with the Baron sometime say in the 1750's or 1760's to discuss a comprehensive scheme of Baron Maconlea's to get all the clan within his area of influence to change their name to Livingstone?

No doubt some of the clansman had questions or did not entirely agree with the reasoning behind the change that would affect the families that had a gaelic name for centuries.

What questions might have been on your mind?

1. Why are we getting rid of our gaelic clan name with its ancient origins and Jacobite heritage for that of a Lowland clan of a failed, attainted and exiled aristocratic Jacobites Earls with a long impressive history as friends of the Scottish royal family but that lost everything after 1715. Why some 50 years or so after they had their title and property forfeited from them from the Hanovers are we taking on their name? Maconleas fought and died at the Battle of Culloden and we are very proud of our name and our families Jacobite loyalties. 

2. What then motivated the Baron to take this unusual action and change the name of the clan to Livingstone from Maconlea or Maclea? 

If you take the old MacLea history accounts as factual then there was some sort of ancient connection between the two families that forged a alliance over the years with the understanding that we could use the name when travelling in the lowlands as if we were close  kin of the Lowland Livingston family. And what of the lowlander Sir James Livington of Skirling who having been granted by Charles the FIrst a large grant of Clergy land in lands surrounding the Bachuil Maconleas resided for a time in the abandoned Bishops palace on the Isle of Lismore that many years earlier had held the last Catholic Bishop of Argyll. Presumingly the then Baron of Bachuil on the Island extended his hand in friendship to the aristocrat from the lowlands perhaps forged a family alliance based upon their shared Royalist loyalities. 

So many question and so few answers. 

regards

Donald (Livingstone) Clink  

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   Why would a Maconlea change his name to Livingstone?19 March 2007Andrew Lancaster
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   Why would a Maconlea change his name to Livingstone?18 September 2007David Wyse Livingston
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