The History of Seton's of Mounie
The 1st Seton's of Mounie - Descended from the Seton's of Meldrum
The second son of Alexander Seton,
4th of the Meldrum family branch of the House of
Seton, also named Alexander Seton, was the first Seton of Mounie and he had acquired the lands of Mounie in Aberdeenshire
in the early 1500's. The lands of Mounie were conveyed to the Seton's
formally under an Episcopal Charter dated 1556, which was later united under a
Great Seal Charter in 1575. Alexander Seton of Mounie was himself, Vicar of
Bethelnie and Chancellor of the Diocese of Aberdeen. He passed his portion
of the lands to his brother William Seton, 5th of Meldrum who was joint owner,
which were in turn passed to his 2nd son, John Seton, of Lumphart and Broomhill,
and who then became John Seton of Mounie. It was this John Seton, the second son of William Seton, 5th Seton Laird of Meldrum
and his wife Janet Gordon of Lesmoir in
Aberdeenshire, who began to fully develop the lands of Mounie. John married Marjory Panton (Patton?) of
Pitmedden and had a son, William Seton of Mounie.
William Seton of Mounie was served
heir to his father in 1597, and received at that time another Charter confirming
the lands of Mounie to him. In 1598, he was admitted an honorary burgess
of Aberdeen at the request of Alexander Seton, Lord Fyvie (later Earl of
Dunfermline and Chancellor of Scotland). William married Helen Udny,
heiress of Udny and became William Seton of Udny, and sold Mounie to John
Urquhart of Craigfintry and his wife Elizabeth Seton (later heiress of the
Seton's of Meldrum) in 1623. Elizabeth's son, Patrick Urquhart of Meldrum,
sold Mounie to Robert Farquhar in 1636 and who's heirs lost the lands by
bankruptcy in 1702. Mounie was briefly acquired by Alexander Hay of
Arnbath, before they were re-purchased by George Seton, Advocate, 2nd son of
Lord Pitmedden, in 1714. Wlliam Seton of Mounie and Udny had two sons,
William Seton of Menie and Alexander Seton of Kinloch. It is mentioned in the funeral account of
Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline and Chancellor of Scotland, that William Seton of Oudnie (Udny) and
the, "Good Men of Mounie" carried the arms of the House of Hamilton of Sorn in the procession, 19th July, 1622 (Memoirs
of Chancellor Seton, by George Seton, Rep. of Cariston, 1882).
William Seton of Menie,
was Regius Professor of Jurisprudence at Angiers and was one of the greatest lawyers of his age. He was residing
at Rome when Dempster wrote his History (c. 1627). William was also
mentioned by Francisque-Michel, in his writing, "Les
Ecossais en France", (ii. 295) as "le docteur William Seton", one of the most learned men of his time - a
distinguished "jurisconsulte", and, in the opinion of his contemporaries, "le flambeau de l'epoque". William
also wrote a volume on the life of Chancellor Alexander Seton entitled the Life of Chancellor Seton, which Dempster
refers to in his History. He mentions it as by, "Gulielmus Setonius,
J.C.., Alexandri consanguineus, et olim familiaris",
which was intended to be published by William and not fulfilled. He
married Margaret Graham, daughter of Sir Robert Graham of Morphie.
John Seton of Menie, and later of Auquhorthies (Seaton
of Achorters), was related to the 1st Seton's of Mounie branch. He was
Chamberlain to both the 1st and 2nd Earls of Dunfermline and at Fyvie
Castle. He married Helen Leith, daughter of John Leith, 2nd of Harthill.
William Seton, son of William
Seton of Menie, had a son James Seton, last of Menie, who died without issue in
1707, when the line was then represented by Robert Seton, son of Alexander Seton
of Kinloch. Robert had a son, also named Robert, who was commonly called
of Mexico, and who was the last of that particular family line, but not of the
overall 1st Seton's of Mounie.
Robert Farquhar of Mounie received the honour of knighthood at the hands of
Charles II in 1651, and he married Elizabeth Patrie.
sister, Elizabeth was married to James Chalmers, second son of William Chalmers,
the first legally established minister at
Boyndie after the reformation. He was first, professor philosophy in Marischal
College, afterwards Minister of New Machar,
thereafter of Cullen and subsequently of Paisley.
The 1st Seton's of Mounie rebuilt the
original castle largely from the ground up, and no alterations were made during the Farquhar ownership.
The 2nd Seton's of Mounie - Descended from the Seton's of Pitmedden
Mounie was then re-acquired back into the
Seton family by George Seton, Advocate, second son of the 1st Lord Pitmedden, Alexander
Seton in 1714. George Seton, 2nd son of Alexander Seton,
(1st Lord Pitmedden), inherited a considerable provision from his mother which
enabled him to purchase Mounie. He was twice married, and married second,
Anne Leslie around 1740. They had a son William and several daughters, including
Margaret (later heiress), and Isabella who married Dr, Skene Ogilvy, minister of
Old Machar. He died circa 1763 and was succeeded by his son William.
William Seton, 2nd of Mounie, was born
around 1750 and made significant agricultural improvements on the Estate. He died unmarried in London in 1781 and the
Estate passed to his sister.
Margaret Seton, 3rd and heiress of Mounie,
was born on the 30th of April, 1749.
She married Dr. James Anderson of Cobinshaw, who
in terms of of succession, assumed the surname of Seton,
a gentleman of literary and scientific
achievements, on the 10th of July, 1768. She died on the 26th of November,
1788 and was succeeded by her eldest son,
Alexander Seton, 4th of Mounie,
born 1769, married his
cousin, Janet Ogilvy who was descended from the Airlie line, by whom he had: Alexander, David,
and George, as well as Isabella and Jessy-Jane
(who died at Pisa, Italy, on the 19th of February, 1831, aged 14), and others. Alexander Seton was a Justice of the Peace
and a Deputy-Lieutenant, and died at Leamington, England, on the 16th of April,
1850, at 80 years of age. He was succeeded
by his eldest son, Alexander.
Alexander Seton, 2nd son of
Alexander became 5th of Mounie, and was born in
1815. At the time of his succession he was a Major in the 74th Highlanders
Regiment. He became Lieutenant-Colonel of the
Regiment in 1851, and was known for his gallant actions during the sinking of
the HMS Birkenhead in 1852 near the Cape of Good Hope, where almost almost all
perished, including himself. He died
unmarried and the Estate passed to his brother, David.
David Seton, 3rd son of Alexander
and 6th of Mounie, was born in
1817. He was an Officer in the 93rd Highlanders, and afterward the 49th
Regiment. He was an accomplished linguist, writer and
antiquarian and travelled extensively and maintained a deep interest in
everything connected with the Seton family whose characteristics
he exhibited. He died unmarried in Edinburgh on March 14th, 1894 and was succeeded by his nephew, Alexander-David
George Seton, 4th son of
Alexander, was a Major in the Army. He married Anne-Lucy Wake, daughter of
Baldwin Wake, Esq. and grandson of Sir William Wake of Courteen Hall,
Northamptonshire, 7th Baronet. George Seton had besides others: Alexander-David Seton,
who succeeded to the Mounie estate.
Alexander-David Seton, 7th of Mounie, was
born the 25th October, 1854. He was an Officer in the British Artillery
and attained the rank of Colonel. He married Emily Isabel Turner, daughter of Alfred
Turner of Daysbrook, Lancaster, England on the 12th of February, 1879. They had several sons and daughters.
Seton was the son of Colonel
Alexander Seton. He was an Officer in the British
Military and married Sybil Helen
Abercromby, daughter of Douglas Charles
Abercromby and Helen Louisa Hodgson
Murray, on 27 July 1915. He
gained the rank of Captain in the service of the 9th Gurkhas.
Seton is the daughter of Captain
Henry Winton Seton and
Sybil Helen Abercromby.
She was born on 30 May 1916. She married Colonel
Rolland Padraig Stewart Erskine-Tulloch,
son of Captain Denis Rolland Diarmid
Stewart Erskine-Tulloch, on 15 August 1940
Children of Margaret Helen Seton and
Colonel Rolland Padraig Stewart
- Elspeth Jane
Seton b. 7 Feb 1948
Charlotte Lucy Seton b. 27