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The Livingston's of Te Arai, NZ

Updated April 27, 2004


Following an overseas trip, which included a visit to Darngarroch and Gatehouse-of-Fleet, the "home" of the Livingston's, my interest in the history of our family was stimulated. At the same time there was a realisation that the older generation, who possesed a significant knowledge of our forbears, were not going to be with us forever.
My uncle Peter Livingston was the catalyst for me to gather this information of the Livingston family. His strong interest, comprehensive knowledge and store of family records and photos generated both enthusiasm and enquiry leading to a desire to record it for for the benefit of others.
I am grateful to everyone who so willingly provided family information and photos. Genealogy is a limitless subject so I've put a time limit on this work. I have made every endeavour to cover all family members but if there is perceived lack of information or photos of some of the family it's certainly not intentional.
Every attempt has been made to ensure the information is totally accurate. This has been made difficult because there is not a lot of recorded information on Peter and Margaret, unlike that for other members of Peter's Family.
Information on Peter's brother and sisters - Janet Sproat, Isabella Home, James Livingston, and Margaret Reeves - plus Margaret's brother James McMichael, has been included so as to provide most interesting information on the other branches of the Livingston tree.
A special thanks to my family - Janet, Anna Megan and Andrew - for their patience and for doing all the computer work with typing and layout of the book.
I am sure this family history will be of interest and, I hope, most especially to the younger generation who will find it informative as to the lives and achievements of their forbears and how they are related to one another, especially as the size of the extended family rapidly increases.

Alan Livingston
November, 1998

While this work has taken some time to complete it is perhaps appropriate that it is published in 1998 - 120 years since Peter and Margaret Livingston purchased "Ranganui" at Te Arai. The property has been in Livingston hands ever since with the fifth generation now there.

If there is any changes needed, please notify me by the below means.

Alan Livingston
113 Corcoran Road
Hamilton, 2021
New Zealand
+64 7 8259856
Fax: +64 7 8259846

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