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THE HOUSE OF SETON OF SCOTLAND

 

Updated:  Tuesday  10 May 2005

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The Baronets of Abercorn

The Setonís of Abercorn derive their branch designation from the Barony of Abercorn in Linlithgowshire which they formerly possessed.  The line of the Setonís of Abercorn was established by the second son of James Seton of Touch from his second wife, Eline-Jane Edmonstone, daughter of Edmonstone of that Ilk and Ednam, County Roxburgh, who were descended from the early Setonís.  The Manor of Abercorn once belonged to the House of Avenel in the reign of King David I (1124-1153), and the Barony of Abercorn like that of nearby Gargunnock was sometime in the interest of Sir Ninian Seton, 3rd baron of Touch and his grandson, James Seton, 5th baron of Touch, and was later acquired by Royal Charter by Jamesí gr-grandson, Sir Walter Seton, 1st Baronet of Abercorn. Sir Alexander Seton of Gargunnock acquired the estate of Gargunnock near the family estate of Touch, both in Stirlingshire.  He later acquired the barony and estate of Culcreuch in addition to that of Gargunnock, in 1624, in settlement of monies owed him by his brother-in-law, Robert Galbraith, 17th Chief of that Clan who was forced to flee to Ireland, bankrupt, to escape his debts. Later the same year, Sir Alexander, noted for being ďa man of parts and learningĒ, was appointed a judge and admitted an ordinary Lord of Session, on the 4th of February, 1626, and took the title Lord Kilcreuch. Soon his successful career necessitated the selling of Culcreuch to be nearer Edinburgh and in 1632, 8 years after purchasing it, he sold Culcreuch to Robert Napier.  Sir Alexander was twice married: first on the 30th of August, 1598, to Marion Maule of Glaster by whom he had a son and heir called Alexander, and second; to the daughter of the 16th Chief of Galbraith.  Sir Alexander had several children and kept an exceptional house, noted for itís order and high standard of education.  As a man of unscrupulous honesty in a very unscrupulous age, as well as for his unswerving loyalty and service to the Crown, Alexander was Knighted by King Charles I at Holyrood on the 12 of July, 1633.  And finally, on account of his infirmity of sight and many years of service, he resigned his seat on the Bench, with itís honor and emoluments, on the 6th of June, 1637.

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Sir Iain Bruce Seton 13th Baronet of Abercorn,  Head of the House and Name of Seton

The Abercorn Estate

Abercorn Descendants

Abercorn Lineage

The 10th and 11th Baronets

The 7th and 8th Baronets of Abercorn

The 4th Baronet