|~ Honorable Liveseys ~
|~ Sir Michael Livesey ~
|Oil Painting about 1645 - 1660
He is shown seated wearing three-quarter
armour. On the table on the right are his
close helmet, a gauntlet, a goblet and a pair
of flintlock pistols, the butts in the form of
a crocodile’s heads whose open jaws
enclose a seated lion.
|1st Baronet (born 1614) was one of the regicides of King Charles I. A Kentish baronet of East church on the Isle of Sheppey, Livesey was a zealous Puritan
who sided with Parliament during the civil wars. He became active on the Kent county committee and was appointed Sheriff of Kent in 1643. Livesey
commanded local forces in Kent, but in 1644, amid accusations of cowardice and threats of mutiny, he challenged the Authority of Sir William Waller and
detached his cavalry from Waller's command. A partial reconciliation was reached when their disagreement was brought before the Committee for Both
Kingdoms in September 1644, and Livesey's troops rejoined Waller's army until the spring of 1645. Livesey refused to serve in the New Model Army and his
regiment was taken over by Henry Ireton.
In September 1645, Livesey was elected recruiter MP for Queen Borough, Kent, and emerged as a radical Independent and republican. When pro-Royalist
Royalist activity. During July, he pursued the Earl of Holland's insurgents after they attempted to capture Reigate Castle, and then defeated them at
Kingston in Surrey, thus ending the threat of a Royalist uprising on the outskirts of London. Appointed a commissioner on the High Court of Justice,
Livesey was a signatory of the King's death warrant. He was an active member of the Rump Parliament, where he emerged as deeply hostile to Royalists
and Papists. Like other republicans, he opposed the establishment of the Protectorate in 1653, but occupied himself with local duties. He served as High
Sheriff of Kent in 1655 and 1656.
In November 1642 he was one of only two Kentish parliamentarians excluded from pardon by Charles I”. Livesey’s record in the civil war is one of
contradictions. He commanded a Kentish regiment during the first civil war. He was fervent member of the county committee, and sheriff in 1643. He had a
reputation for ruthlessness amongst Royalist forces but also elicited grave suspicions amongst parliamentarians.
While little is known about Livesey’s thoughts his actions speak volumes. We do know he was politically an Independent MP and was on its Left wing as
he was aligned closely with its radical wing. According to one writer “this was particularly clear during the counter-revolution of 1647, when he was one of
the members who fled to the safety of the army in the face of Presbyterian inspired riots in Westminster in July”
|The Death Warrant of King Charles I
|Sir Michael Livesey - was the fifth to sign, top of the second column. Cromwell was the third to sign.
|~ Joseph Livesey ~
|JOSEPH WILLIAM LIVESEY :
Ref Internet text, the Poor People’s Friend. Joseph Livesey, born in Walton-le-Dale, just to the south of Preston, in 1794 and named after his paternal
grandfather Joseph and his maternal grandfather William.
Joseph had one brother named William who died in infancy. He had no sisters. Following the death of his parents, John and Jennet Livesey in 1810 from
consumption, the family’s cotton business was taken on by his grandfather and his uncle Thomas but eventually failed. Joseph, who was orphaned at the
age of seven, was brought up his grandparents and his uncle Thomas who, were, by all accounts a poor family. Joseph followed his grandfather’s trade as
hand loom weaver. By the age of twenty one Joseph was winding bobbins and eventually became a hand loom weaver. In May 1815 Joseph Livesey
married Miss Jane Williams in Liverpool, they rented a cottage in the village of Walton-le-Dale.
They had 13 children of which 4 died in infancy. Joseph and Jane were married for 53 years until Jane died in 1868 at the age of 75.
He moved from being a weaver to cheese factor when he purchased two cheeses from a farmer and sold them in portions from a stall in the market. By the
1820’s he was printing pamphlets, handbills, and major temperance journals. In 1884 he established the Preston Guardian, the forerunner of the present
Lancashire Evening Post.
|Home were Joseph was born.
|Joseph Livesey died at the age of ninety in 1884 leaving an estate valued at £21,500.
This is a contemporary account of Joseph’s funeral:
About 10,000 people lined the streets to pay their last respects. Flags were flown at half-mast from public buildings. Blinds were drawn at almost every
house from 13 Bank Parade in Avenham to the Cemetery. Seventeen carriages, including that of the Mayor, followed the hearse. 400 men walked behind.
Magistrates, ministers of all creed, politicians of all opinions, the rich and poor from all parts of the country, gathered in reverent sorrow around his
grave, feeling that a ruler, a prince, and a great man had fallen.
|If you are a descent from Joseph Livesey of Lancashire, England, and you would like any additional information:
Kirton, J. W. Dr. Guthrie. Father Mathew. Elihu Burritt. Joseph Livesey (Cassell & Co, 1885) p95 ff.
Lee, Sidney, ed. (1893). "Livesey, Joseph". Dictionary of National Biography 33. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 380–1.
Levitt, Ian. Joseph Livesey of Preston: Business, Temperance and Moral Reform (University of Central Lancashire, 1996).
Livesey, Joseph. Moral reformer, and protestor against the vices, abuses, and corruptions of the age, volumes 1–3 (Sherwood & Co, 1831).
Livesey, Joseph. Staunch teetotaler, nos 13–24 (1868).
Livesey, Joseph. The life and teachings of Joseph Livesey, comprising his autobiography (National Temperance League's Depot, 1885).
Pearse, John (Ed). The Life and Teachings of Joseph Livesey: Comprising His Autobiography (1885)
Weston, James. Joseph Livesey: the story of his life, 1794–1884 (London: Partridge, 1884).
|~ Dr. Dorothy Livesay ~
1909 - 1996
Dorothy Livesay , it is generally agreed, was one of the foremost Canadian poets of her generation. She was born in Winnipeg, Canada on 12 October
1909, during the first snowstorm of the season -- a fact that she herself considered symbolic of her identity: Reared on snow she was Manacled on ice
and it was strangely fitting that she died also, on 29 December 1996, during one of the rare snowstorms in Victoria, Canada B.C.
Livesay was born in Winnipeg in 1909 and moved to Toronto with her parents at the age of ten. Her father J.F.B. Livesay was the first general manager
of the Canadian Press, a war correspondent during World War I, and author of Canada's Hundred Days (1919). Her mother, Florence Randal Livesay,
was a poet of distinction and a pioneer in the field of translating verse from Ukrainian into English. Dorothy studied at the University of Toronto and
the Sorbonne, afterwards becoming a welfare worker, then a newspaper reporter, and finally a teacher. She taught canadian literature at the University
of Victoria for two years. At the University of Alberta she taught canadian literature and creative writing. She also taught in the United States and
Zambia, in the latter as a UNESCO field specialist. Known chiefly as a poet, Dorothy Livesay won the Lorne Pierce Medal in 1947 for distinguished
service to canadian literature. During the 1940s she was twice honoured with the Governor-General's Award for Poetry. Some of her best-known poetry
publications include Green Pitcher (1928), Call My People Home (1950), Ice Age (1975), Right Hand Left Hand (1977), The Woman I Am (1977), The
Phases of Love (1983), and Journey With My Selves: a Memoir, 1909-1963 (1991). She died on December 29, 1996.
The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, drafts, and versions of Livesay's writings of all genres. Over half of the Livesay
collection consists of papers that are strictly non literary yet directly related to her life and work. This material is divided into five categories:
autobiographical, biographical, bibliographical, business papers regarding her writing and her personal business papers. The remainder of the
manuscript collection consists of plays, reviews, poems, short stories, essays, talks and addresses, and memoirs. The photograph collection contains
pictures of family and friends, places and buildings, and Livesay herself. The tape collection consists of conversations between Livesay and others,
interviews, poetry readings, radio broadcasts, music, and memoirs.
Her parents, J.F.B. Livesay and Florence Hamilton Randal, were both writers, having met while working for the Winnipeg Telegram. They fostered
Dorothy's literary interests from an early age, although it was not until much later that she discovered that her mother had written published poems. It
was her mother who came upon a poem Dorothy had written at the age of 13 and took it upon herself to submit it to a newspaper for publication.
Dorothy's anger at having what she considered private material thus invaded was tempered by the check for two dollars that she received in payment.
Dorothy's first job after graduation was with a recreational agency in Englewood, New Jersey, where she was exposed to the full impact of what life
was like in the black ghettoes. Her health gave way, and she returned to Toronto, where, after a period of recuperation, she found a congenial position in
1936 as a director of and contributor to a newly founded left-wing journal, New Frontier, which rapidly became more and more completely a mouthpiece
for the Communist Party. Later that year she moved to Vancouver as the paper's western editor, a position which she combined with social work and
Dorothy and Duncan continued to live in Vancouver until 1958. She did some school and university teaching during this time, but her literary output
remained fairly slight. Then, as her children grew older, she felt free to apply for a Canada Council fellowship to study the teaching of English at London
University's School of Education. This turned out to mark a new point of departure in her life. The following February she received the news that
Duncan had died of a massive stroke, and returned briefly to Vancouver. But she was soon back in London, then for brief period in Paris, working for
UNESCO. Later the same year she succeeded in obtaining a position on the staff of a teachers' training college in what was then Northern Rhodesia but
became the independent nation of Zambia while she was there. Her political and social concern involved the mistreatment of children and also the need
for improved health and dietary standards. "I can do very little about all this, although I can put some of it into poems."
In 1975 she once again was instrumental in founding a poetry magazine, CV/II, the title harking back to the Contemporary Verse of the 1940s. It became
an important addition to the Canadian literary scene. The honours which came Dorothy Livesay's way in later life culminated in her being named an
officer of the Order of Canada in 1987.
Her later years were spent mostly in rural retreats. At first she divided her time between a cottage on British Columbia's Galiano Island and one on
Lake Winnipeg; then she moved into a seniors' complex on Galiano Island. Finally, when this degree of isolation became increasingly difficult to handle,
she moved to Victoria, where in her last years she was a regular participant in the life of the Unitarian congregation.
The remarkable succession of changes through which her life moved illustrated her own dictum that, "Every decade we become a different person". Yet
there was an essential continuity and consistent line of development. All the way through she exemplifies a sometimes disconcerting degree of honesty
and openness, an insistence upon personal integrity, and an encouragement to the rising generation to find their own authentic path in life.
Cosmopolitan though her experience was, there could be no mistaking the genuinely Canadian character of her writing both in poetry and prose, which
marked her sense of the importance of roots in a particular place.
|~ Sir George Livesey ~
|19th and 20th Century Chairman, South
Metropolitan Gas sharing system in
British industry, Livesey Museum,
|...Click on mini pictures
London Greater London,
|Livesey Hall War Memorial
Commemorates the fallen of World War I and World War II
who had been employed by the South Suburban Gas Company
of London. It is also a tribute to those employees who served in
the wars. The monument was designed and executed by British
sculptor Sydney March, of the March family of artists.
|~ Admiral Sir Michael Howard Livesay KCB ~
5 April 1936 – 6 October 2003
|Was a senior Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Sea Lord and Chief of
Naval career Educated at Acklam Hall Grammar School and Royal Naval College
Dartmouth, Livesay was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1957.
|Dr. David Livesey:
Is a fictional character in the novel Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. As well as doctor he is a magistrate, an important man in the rural
society of south-west England where the story begins; his social position is marked by his always wearing a white wig - even in the harsh conditions of
the island where the story later gets.
Dorothy Kathleen May Livesay:
Was a Canadian poet B-October 12, 1909 – D-December 29, 1996 who twice won the Governor General`s Award in the 1940s, and was "senior woman
writer in Canada" during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1931 while in Paris, Livesay became a committed Communist. She joined the Communist Party of
Canada in 1933, and was active in a number of its front organizations: Her mother, Florence Randal Livesay, was a poet and journalist; her father, J.F.B.
Livesay was the General Manager of Canadian Press
William Wallace Livesey:
For which the town was named, Lived south of the current U.S. 24, In the vicinity of Bone Hill. He owned a portion of the area making up present day
Levasy. Livesay was a trainmaster for 20 years and led wagon trains over the trails west for Majors Russell and Waddell. In 1835, He settled in Jackson
County on 247 acres of land and became a farmer and stock raiser. It is thought that the name of the town may have been changed from Livesay to Levasy
through a spelling error when the railroad was established in town
|Livesey may also refer to:
7170 Livesey: (1987 MK), A main-belt asteroid discovered on 30 June 1987
Livesey Museum: For Children, Old Kent Road, Southwark, London, England
|Note: This list will be expanded as notable names and place of origin and a short history are submitted.
Candidates for listing may be sent to
|The Execution of King Charles I
|A Trumpet of Sedition
|Photograph of Dorothy
Livesay, [ca. 1950]
|George Livesey outside his
beloved Old Kent Road gas