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Chateau de Langeais, the Loire Valley, France.
Chateau de Langeais, in the Loire Valley, residence of Sir Thomas Seton, Seigneur de Langeais, by King Charles VII of France

In 1418, the Dauphin Charles appealed to the Scots and Castilians for aid against the English and the Burgrundians who were holding his father, King Charles VII, in captivity. Sieur de Plusquallec, governor of La Rochelle, arrived in Scotland with an embassy, and Robert Duke of Albany and Governor of Scotland agreed to provide aid despite the captivity of Scotlands James I in England.  Albany sent his second son John Stewart, Earl of Buchan, Chamberlain and later Constable of France, along with 7000 men to support Charles. Charles agreed to pay 119,000 livres tournois to the Scots in return for their services.

The campaigns of 1419 were led by French commanders: Michel de Normanville commanded the 100 Scottish archers at Loches; and Louis d’Escrouilles led the Franco-Scottish forces at Melun, while William Douglas of Drumlanrig and his lieutenant Thomas Kirkpatrick led 150 men-at arms, 300 archers at Mehun-sur-Yevre near Bourges. The siege of Tours resulted in grants to the Scots in the campaigns – Buchan received Chatillon-sur-Indre in Touraine, Archibald, Earl of Wigtown and future fifth Earl of Douglas, was granted Dun-le-Roi in Berry; John Stewart, Lord of Darnley, was granted Croncressault in Berry, and Thomas Seton obtained Chateau of Langeais (who appears thus titled in an undated quittance of the period), lying west of Tours.

The Scottish forces were used by the dauphin on three fronts: one – as the garde ecossaise, his personal bodyguards against the Burgundians, two – to aid the garrisons at Maine and Anjou and three – in the dauphin’s army.

Several Scottish companies entered the Dauphinist forces during 1419; Guillaume Bel, captain of 30 men at arms and 80 archers entered service at Sancerre on 22nd February and moved to Gien with 13 of his Esquires (men at arms) in March, while Thomas du Seton with 38 men at arms and 120 archers, and Guillaume Douglas (du Glas) with 100 and 200 respectively, had recently come from Scotland and appear in the accounts of Mace Heron, one of the Tresoriers des Guerres for the period 18th August 1418 - 20th October 1419. Seton is presumably to be identified with the Thomas 'Deston' (de Seton), captain of slightly smaller forces in May and June of the year.  After the victories at Le Mons and Melun in 1420, The Dauphin informed his supporters of their arrival with joy and issued their leaders with gifts. The stable accounts illustrate this; on 31st November three coursers were bought and one given later to the Earl of Wigtown. Thomas Seton received a similar present shortly afterwards.

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