'In adversitate patiens,
In prosperitate benevolus'
There is but certain
manners of beginning of houses in this country of Scotland. One is
by gift of Princes or great men, for true and thankful service.
Another is by just acquisition by a man's silver or goods. The
third is by marriage of ladies of heritage. And fourthly, in the
event that the heritage falls to a man by his mother or some other
female his predecessors.
And if so be that a man's house has had
beginning by gift of Princes or other great men, it will give
occasion to their posterity to be true and thankful servants to
their superiors, to that effect that they may augment their house.
And if it has begun by just acquisition by a man's silver or
goods, it will give occasion in like manner to their posterity to
be virtuous and not wasteful, that they may add to their heritage.
And if it has begun with marriage of ladies of heritage, it will
give like occasion to their posterity, when such a thing happens,
to praise it. And if it has come by succession of family, it will
give occasion to every man to ally his son and apparent heir with
the best and most honest house and party that he may win to, in
hope that such chance may fall to his posterity.
There is certain
manners of beginning of houses which are very detestable, and
contrary to all laws of both God and man, which I would exhort all
men to forbear, howbeit they be overmuch used in this country.
That is to say, by circumvention of the ignorant and the innocent,
or by extreme necessity of the poor compelled thereby; or by
invention of new laws, and practices of other evil conceits; and
worst of all, by robbery and oppression.
Which things I cannot
call beginnings of houses, because they are oft times to come to
an evil end; for we may see by example and experience how many
great houses there has been in this realm, and now so far decayed
that scantly is left any of their posterity, and their house and
heritage is translated from their surname into the Prince's hands,
or some other stranger. George Seton, 4th Earl
The Baronets of
The Setons of Meldrum
The Baronets of Allanton
The Baronets of Pitmedden