Robert Seton, Second Earl of Winton.



He was born in 1583, and like his brother was educated in in France, as well as in Rome, and returning to Scotland, was well-attended to and he was reared with much of the same tutelage as Prince Charles (later King Charles I), under Chancellor Seton's hand, and raised to be close to the Stuart Monarchy, and although favoured by the presence of such at the Palace of Seton, he was not extra-ordinarily involved in the events of the time like his predecessors had been, or his brother afterwards.


He succeeded his father in March, 1603 and was a devote Catholic all of his life, and was a wise manager of the family estates and ensured the continued prosperity that his father the 1st Earl had begun.  However the pressures of his duties and offices and the Estate, detracted from his interests and pursuits, and he began showing signs of imbalance as a result.


By family arrangement, the 2nd Earl of Winton married Ann (Anna) Maitland, only daughter of John, Lord Thirlestane, but he went mad on his wedding night, emptying a chamber pot down his bride's cleavage.  He was immediately estranged from his new wife, and she petitioned for divorce on the grounds of his impotence.  He was later declared unbalanced, and confined on grounds of insanity and was accordingly for a time kept shut away at Seton.


With no issue, in this disappointment  and because of Robert's incapacity he was prevailed upon to resign the Earldom in favour of his younger brother, George on 26 June 1606, although this was not put into effect until 12 May 1607.  He resigned the peerage to his younger brother George, including the Earldom of Winton and all of the family Estate's. However, also by family agreement, he continued diligently working away on his building projects and the management of the family Estates until his death, and he died in a private station of life in January, 1634 at Seton. 


It has been said that his brother George's motivation for the restoring and rebuilding Winton House, was to ensure that his older brother Robert would be honorably and suitably cared for during the remainder of his life, after presenting him with the family honours at such an opportune age, and stage in his life and career.