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Sir Alexander Seton, 10th Baronet of Abercorn, Representative of Touch and Hereditary Armour Bearer to the Queen

Sir Alexander Hay Seton (1904-1963) was the 10th Baron of Abercorn and Armour Bearer to the Queen. This once rich and magnificent family had lost its land and money, and for "Sandy" the title was virtually the only remnant of his wealthy past. Still, he had enough to finance a tour of the wonders of Egypt, and Sir Alexander's colourful account is given to us in his autobiography, The Transgressions of a Baronet. The account of his unpublished manuscript, although rich in detail, varies from media reports at the time.  He married Flavia Forbes (18 Dec 1902-13 Oct 1959); 17 Jun 1939 (div 1958) as her 3rd husband.  He was succeeded by his brother, actor Major Sir Bruce Lovat Seton - Bruce Seton.

See an extract of the 10th Baronet Sir Alexander's unpublished autobiography, describing torment the family experienced after their holiday to Egypt:

After this there were no more incidents, but the familyís tranquillity was lost forever. Zeyla never forgave her husband for destroying the bone and their marriage disintegrated soon afterwards. Ill health and money problems hounded the family and, according to Egidia, everyone who touched the bone died prematurely.  Reflecting on it some years later, Sir Alexander had no doubt as to why the family seemed cursed.

"My own interpretation of the matter is that through some uncanny power of religion it was brought under destructive control. But if Ė and I emphasise the word 'if' Ė it really did carry a curse, as many people thought, the curse certainly did not end when I destroyed the Bone by fire, and from 1936 onwards trouble, sometimes grave, seemed to be always around the corner."

Both Sir Alexander and his brother Sir Bruce were accomplished Piper's:

"I was playing my bagpipes in the topmost room when Anna's Dad answered the downstairs front door to a gentleman who introduced himself as Sir Alex Seton of Abercorn. We spoke at length about piping when he said he and his brother both played. His brother, Bruce Seton ( he played on T.V. Fabian of the Yard in later years) who had been a Major in the Black Watch during WW2 where he had learned to play the bagpipes and although he could play pretty well, he wasn't very good at writing the music of a few melodies he had composed in his head. We arranged that he duly return and bring his practice chanter with him to play his compositions when I could write them down for him."  James Caution Pipe Major (W.O.1) R.A.M.C Pipe Band.

The Setonís of Abercorn derive their branch designation from the Barony of Abercorn in Linlithgowshire which they formerly possessed.  The line of the Setonís of Abercorn was established by the second son of James Seton of Touch from his second wife, Eline-Jane Edmonstone, daughter of Edmonstone of that Ilk and Ednam, County Roxburgh, who were descended from the early Setonís.  The Manor of Abercorn once belonged to the House of Avenel in the reign of King David I (1124-1153), and the Barony of Abercorn like that of nearby Gargunnock was sometime in the interest of Sir Ninian Seton, 3rd baron of Touch and his grandson, James Seton, 5th baron of Touch, and was later acquired by Royal Charter by Jamesí gr-grandson, Sir Walter Seton, 1st Baronet of Abercorn.

Sir Alexander Seton of Gargunnock acquired the estate of Gargunnock near the family estate of Touch, both in Stirlingshire.  He later acquired the barony and estate of Culcreuch in addition to that of Gargunnock, in 1624, in settlement of monies owed him by his brother-in-law, Robert Galbraith, 17th Chief of that Clan who was forced to flee to Ireland, bankrupt, to escape his debts. Later the same year, Sir Alexander, noted for being ďa man of parts and learningĒ, was appointed a judge and admitted an Ordinary Lord of Session, on the 4th of February, 1626, and took the title Lord Kilcreuch. Soon his successful career necessitated the selling of Culcreuch to be nearer Edinburgh and in 1632, 8 years after purchasing it, he sold Culcreuch to Robert Napier.  Sir Alexander was twice married: first on the 30th of August, 1598, to Marion Maule of Glaster by whom he had a son and heir called Alexander, and second; to the daughter of the 16th Chief of Galbraith.  Sir Alexander had several children and kept an exceptional house, noted for itís order and high standard of education.  As a man of unscrupulous honesty in a very unscrupulous age, as well as for his unswerving loyalty and service to the Crown, Alexander was Knighted by King Charles I at Holyrood on the 12 of July, 1633.  And finally, on account of his infirmity of sight and many years of service, he resigned his seat on the Bench, with itís honor and emoluments, on the 6th of June, 1637.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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