The Palace of Seton

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Seton Palace and Forth Estuary, by Alexander Keirincx,1635, National Gallery of Scotland © 2005


Former residence of the Seton's of Seton, Knights of Seton, Lords Seton, Winton and Winchburgh, and Earls of Winton.

The centerpiece of the Seton Family was the Palace of Seton, standing on the same spot on the Seton baronial lands for upwards of eight hundred years, the original castle was a square tower built during the time of Seier de Seton sometime after 1066.  It was continually rebuilt and expanded by the successive heads of the family, becoming a castle-complex after the time of William Seton, 1st Lord Seton, c1348.

It was George, 6th Lord Seton, under James V, who was responsible for the re-creation, and Mary de Guise, the French wife of Scotland's King James V, was often present.  Prior to this, the Seton's had been much involved in the affairs of Scotland's Royal Family, having the privilege of their presence on many occasions, over successive generations, with the family's munificent tastes being much sought after by the Scotland's Monarch's as a place of relaxation and refuge.

It was enlarged to become a more commodious residence, a Palace with a military character and Italian and French styling, after the "rough wooing" by England's King Henry VIII, and from whence it then became known as the "Palace of Seton": a magnificent Palatial residence by the 6th Lord Seton and continued by the famed George, 7th Lord Seton, and the 1st and 3rd Earls of Winton.

George 7th Lord (called 5th of that name, referring to that of 'George') "repaired the forepart of the house of Seton, and especially that room called Samson's Hall (40 feet in height), which he adorned with a roof of curious structure, whereupon are twenty-eight large achievements, being those of Scotland, France, Lorraine, and the noble families that were allied to his family, curiously embossed and illuminate — the most exact pieces of armories that are to be met with..."

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