LIVINGSTONE, ROBERT [SSNE 7132]

Surname
LIVINGSTONE, LIVINGSTON
First name
ROBERT
Nationality
SCOT

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Robert Livingston was a one of the sons of the Scottish minister and Presbyterian refugee in Rotterdam, John Livingston [SSNE 7134]. Robert was initially based in Rotterdam operating there from 1670. However after his father's death in 1672 he moved to Boston. As Catterall notes, "Along with many other Scots of his day, he was extending the centuries old Scots tradition of network-driven, enclave-based migration beyond Europe". By 1674 he was in Albany. In New York he married Alida Schuyler in 1678 linking him to a powerful Dutch merchant family The Livingston brothers were brothers-in-law of the famous Scottish merchant, Andrew Russell [SSNE 143], who married their sister Janet [SSNE 7133]. The other brothers were William [SSNE 7131] and James [SSNE 7130]. He wrote to Russell in 1683 from Albany several times, and in one letter noted the death of his father-in-law whom he called "the best friend I had in America". This death caused Livingston some concern as he noted "such a cloud of Popery hangs over our heads". Robert also added that he was left £75 more than Mr Schuyler's own children who were then to share equally in the estate of £3000. He signed off wishing respects to Russell "and my dear sister your bedfellow".



National Archives of Scotland, Russell Papers, RH15/106/494/ff.30-31, 23 and 25 July 1683; D. Catterall, Community Without Borders: Scots migrants and the changing face of power in the Dutch Republic, c.1600-1700 (Leiden, 2002), pp.344-5; Steve Murdoch, Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 (Brill, Leiden, 2006), p.2.

Service record

THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, SCOTLAND, ROTTERDAM
Arrived 1664-01-01
Departed 1672-12-31
Capacity MERCHANT, purpose TRADE, COMMERCE, MERCANTILE
AMERICAN COLONIES, BOSTON, ALBANY, NEW YORK
Arrived 1673-01-01
Departed 1689-12-31
Capacity MERCHANT, purpose TRADE, COMERCE, DIPLOMACY