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Whittingehame Tower, Athelstaneford, East Lothian.
Whittingehame Tower, photo from the 19th century © 2005

The old Tower of Whittingehame near Athelstaneford in Haddingtonshire, East Lothian dates from the 15th century, and was a possession of Douglas the family and came to the Seton's by way of marriage.  Sir Alexander Seton, 1st Viscount of Kingston, the famed adherent of King Charles I and of Charles II, who defended Tantallon Castle against Cromwell with his "Moss Troopers", married as his second wife, Elizabeth Douglas, heiress of Sir Archibald Douglas of Whittingehame.  Although possessing other smaller estates locally, such as Stoneypath, Stenton and Kingston, Whittingehame was his personal favourite residence to which he adorned various improvements including the plaster ceiling in the Hall of the Tower, circa 1651, being a copy of that of his father's at Winton House, Pencaitland.  It is from Viscount Kingston and Elizabeth Douglas' line, from their daughter Elizabeth's marriage to the Hon. William Hay of Drumelzier, that the current Head of the Seton Family descends and which marriage eventually brought Whittingehame to that family.

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