Motto of Alexander Seton of Mounie


Major David Seton Esq., 6th Baron of Mounie

David Seton, 6th of Mounie (of the second family), was born at Mounie in Aberdeenshire in 1817, and was the third but next eldest surviving son and heir of Alexander Seton of Mounie (d. 16 April, 1850) and Janet Skene Ogilvy of Airlie, daughter of Skene Ogilvy, D.D., minister of Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, and who had the following issue:

James Seton, d. 1813; Alexander Seton, d. 1852; David Seton, d.1894; George Seton, d. 1850; William-Skene, d. 23 July, 1829; Isabella, d. 1 June, 1845; Anne, d. 1812; Jessy-June, d. at Pisa, in Italy, 19 Feb. 1831.

Like his older brother, David was educated at home until his early teen-years, being sent abroad for his education in France and Italy, and he studied at Pisa.  He succeeded to the Estate after his two older brother James (d. 1813) and Alexander (d.1852) died without succession, and was Ensign of the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders on the 30th Decemeber 1836; Lieutenant 2nd April 1841; transferred  to the 49th Regiment 1846; and retired from the Army on the 4th September 1849.

He was an accomplished linguist, writer and antiquarian, and traveled extensively and maintained a deep interest in everything connected with the Seton family, whose characteristics he exhibited.  He had ambitious plans for the expansion of the Mounie Estate, but they were never realized.

He died unmarried in Edinburgh on March 14th, 1894, and was succeeded by his nephew from his brother Captain George Seton; Alexander-David Seton, Esq., and the Castle remains to this day as it always was.  The plan, or Relief drawings that are pictured in the gallery [left] were drawn February 12th, 1894, and are from the Architect R.S. Lorimer's papers, and give an idea of "what might have been".

His younger brother Captain George Seton, was also an Ensign of the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders on the 28th of July 1838, and a Captain on 21st of February 1852 and was exchanged to the 95th Regiment in 1852.  He married in 1853, Anne-Lucy Wake, only surviving daughter of the Baldwin Wake (grandson of Sir William Wake, 7th Bart, of Courteen Hull, co. Northampton), by his wife Sarah, daughter of James Spedding, Esq. of Sumniergrove, co. Cumberland, and had issue:  Alexander-David; and William-George.

Arms — Quarterly: 1st and 4th, or, three crescents, and In the centre a man's heart, distilling blood, the whole within a royal double tressure, flory and counterflory, gu., for SeTon: 2nd and 3rd, arg.. a demi-otter, sa., crowned with an antique crown, or, issuing from a bar, wavy, of the second, for MelDruMIn the centre of the quarterings, a crescent, az., for difference.

Crest and Motto— A demi-man, in military habit, holding the banner of Scotland, with the motto, on an escroll above, "Sistento Sanguine Signa;" below the shield, "Hazard, Zet Forward."

Seat— Mounie, Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire

After the death of his brother Lt-Col. Alexander Seton during the sinking of the HMS Birkenhead in 1852 near the Cape of Good Hope, David succeeded to the Estate.







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