John Graves Livingston

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John Graves Livingston
Born 1812
Died 1902
Official positions held:
FR Co. Chairman 04.01.1877 - 02.1893
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John Graves Livingston (born John Graves Thompson), brother of Livingston Thompson, was born in Armagh in 1812. He was called to the bar in 1836, having trained at Trinity College, Dublin. He changed his name to John Graves Livingston on 12 May 1863 in honour of his maternal grandfather.

He joined his brother on the board of the Festiniog Railway Company in 1851. He succeeded Andrew Durham as Chairman on 4 January 1877, and resigned from the Chairmanship in February 1893, with his duties being taken on by John W. Elliott Sr. and resigned his directorship in 1899.

He lived his later years in Bristol dying on 17th May 1902 and is buried in Shirehampton, Bristol. Bristol was a convenient place for an Irishman with a regular steam packet passenger service to Cork, Waterford (both twice weekly) and Dublin (once a week) until it was closed in 1908 as a result of the competition from the Great Western Railway at Fishguard.[1] [2] His house was Coombe House in Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym and has been since demolished but the lodge remains. There he lived somewhat the life of a country squire with some land, gardens and livestock. He then moved to Clifton. [3][4]

The wording on the headstone is:

Loving Memory

John Graves Livingston

Late of 24 Caledonia Place

Who entered into rest May 17th 1902

In his year.
"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord

My soul shall be joyful in my God" Isa 61: 10

Also of
Sarah Henrietta Caroline
Widow of the above
And daughter of the Hon. A. G. Stuart
Of Co. Tyrone, Ireland,
Who died 23rd April 1910,
In her 91st year.

"I am the resurrection and the life

Saith the Lord " St.John XI. v 25

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bristol General Steam Navigation Company wikipedia page
  2. ^ Bristol General Steam Navigation Company (1851) January timetable
  3. ^ Peter Johnson "In search of Livingston Thompson and the Thompson family directors", Festiniog Railway Heritage Group Journal, Issue 130, page(s): 21-24
  4. ^ Johnson, Peter (2017). Festiniog Railway: The Spooner Era and After 1830 - 1920. Barnsley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 978-1-47382-728-8. OCLC 1003267038.