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Sir Alexander Seton of Gargunnock, Lord Kilcreuch

The Seton Baronet's of Abercorn, Representative's of Touch, de jure Lord's Gordon and Hereditary Armour Bearer's to the King/Queen

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.

Lord Kilcreuch was succeeded by his eldest son, Alexander Seton, of Graden.  Alexander married Margaret Cornwall (commonly called Janet) of Bonhard, and they had several children. He was noted for the shrewd management of his affairs and estate, and like his father excelled in learning.  He was an accomplished musician and poet, and ensured that his children also received an advanced education.  Alexander was himself succeeded by his son, Sir Walter Seton, who acquired the barony of Abercorn, and who was recognized and elevated to the peerage by King Charles II, in 1663, as a Baronet of Nova Scotia, as Sir Walter Seton, 1st Baronet of Abercorn.

1665 ALEXANDER SETON, son of Alexander S. of Graden, and Margaret (or Janet?) Cornwall of Bonhard. In early life he qualified as a physician, but having studied divinity, was settled as a clergyman in England. He was pres. by the Archbishop, and inst. Oct. 1665. Frequently at war with the Town Council, and violently opposing their wish for the appointment of a second min., he was finally libelled on various scandalous counts, and dep. 29th Aug. 1690; died Nov. 1690. He marr. Anna Channell, an Englishwoman, who died May 1709, and had issue-Alexander, collector of Excise for East Lothian; Ann (marr. Andrew Crawford of Locheote).-[Test. Reg., Reg. Collat; MS. Acc. of Min., 1689; Fountainhall's Dec., i.; Reg. Gen. Ass., 1692.]

Sir Walter Seton of Abercorn, 1st Baronet of Abercorn

Sir Walter Seton, 2nd Baronet Abercorn

Sir Walter Seton of Abercorn, 1st Baronet, had a Charter under the Great Seal of the Lands and Barony and Lairdship of Abercorn, County Linlithgow, in 1662.  Having filled an important position in the Revenue Service of the Government, he was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia by King Charles II in 1663, with the remainder to his heirs-male whatsoever.  His Arms were registered with Lyon Court in 1672.

The hereditary order of Baronets was instituted in Scotland by Charles I in 1625, and as in the earlier English baronetage of James I, only estated gentlemen were selected for the honor.  Scots baronets are called of Nova Scotia, in Canada, because their institution was connected in itís origin with Sir William Alexanderís scheme of colonizing that country, and his direct family and that of his cousins the Setonís of Touch, and the Setonís of Meldrum family in Aberdeenshire, maintained interests in both Nova Scotia and in the north of Ireland, Ulster.

He maintained throughout his life, a large library, and many of his former books can be found for sale in various book collections and auctions. He was an accomplished linguist, and was fluent in Latin, French and the language of the Scots, known as Gaelic.  His life-long career was dedicated to the Revenue Service of the Government, and he was instrumental in increasing the Royal bankroll.

Sir Walter Seton married Christian Dundas, daughter of George Dundas of Dundas, and had several children.  In the tradition of his father and grandfather, he too ensured a high degree of learning for his children and encouraged the study of Law for his sons, and marriages of quality for his daughters.  He was succeeded by his eldest son, Walter, on his death on February 20th, 1692, as 2nd Baronet of Abercorn, and his second son Alexander acquired the estate of Hiltly whoís line founded the Swedish branch of the Setonís family (rep.Robert Seton of Sweden, and present armiger Anders Seton of Sweden, member of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, and Robert Seton of Sweden), and the Setonís of Preston and Ekolsund.

Sir Walter Seton, 2nd Baronet of Abercorn, was a distinguished Advocate at the Scottish Bar, and an official of Edinburgh town.  He married Euphemia Murray, daughter of Sir Robert Murray of Priestfield, on the 6th of September, 1702 and had several children and by whom he was succeeded by his son, Henry Seton.  Sir Walter, 2nd Baronet of Abecorn died January 3rd, 1708.

Sir Henry Seton of Abercorn, 3rd Baronet of Abercorn

Sir Alexander Seton, 5th Baronet of Abercorn

Sir Henry Seton, 3rd Baronet of Abercorn succeeded his father and on the death of James Seton of Touch without issue in 1742 he became the lineal heir of the Seton's of Touch and heir-male of Sir Alexander Seton, eldest son of the first Earl of Huntly: de jure Lord Gordon.  The Abercorn Setonís have never ceased to claim this ancient title.  Likewise from the Setonís of Touch line the Baronetís of Abercorn inherited and became the Hereditary Armour Bearerís of the King, which honour they maintain to this very day.

Sir Henry married Barbara Wemyss, daughter of Sir John Wemyss of Bogie, Bt. And had several children.  A successful estate manager, he encouraged military service in his sonís, and yet saw his family through the difficulties of the time of the civil wars in Scotland and delicately navigated his familyís loyalties and the political changes and which prudent efforts ensured a continuity of line. 

His three sons, Henry, George and Robert were well traveled in Europe, America and in India.  Sir Henry maintained active ties with the Setonís of Parbroath who had located in America, and his son George married a daughter of that House, Barbara Seton, daughter of William Seton of New York, rep. of Parbroath.  Sir Henryís eldest son and heir married the daughter of Alexander Hay of Drumelzier, the heir of line of the Seton Viscounts Kingston, and bloodline of the Earls of Winton and the main line of the Seton Family.

Sir Henry died in 1751 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Henry Seton.


Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Bruce Seton, 9th Baronet of AbercornIt should be noted of the Seton's of Abercorn, that the later marriage to Margaret Hay of the Drummelzier family brought the senior lineal bloodline of the Seton's, from Viscount Kingston's line, to that of the Abercorn's and for which they had been openly acknowledged, even as public as a letter published in the Chicago Tribune by the Marquis De Fontenoy in January 3rd, 1905.

In 1923 Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Bruce Gordon Seton, 9th Baronet, petitioned the Crown for his right to the title of Lord Gordon. Although the Committee for Privileges of the House of Lords  admitted that he was the heir male of the first Earl of Huntly, they decided that he had not provided enough evidence of the creation and existence of the title of Lord Gordon.

Sir Bruce Seton was succeeded by his two son's in succession, Sir Alexander Hay Seton ,10th Baronet; and Major Sir Bruce Lovat Seton of Abercorn, 11th Baronet (29 May 1909Ė28 September 1969), better known as Bruce Seton, a British actor and soldier.

Major Sir Bruce Lovat Seton was born in Simla, India, the younger of two sons of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Bruce Seton of Abercorn, 9th Baronet and his wife, Elma, and was educated at The Edinburgh Academy and Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Black Watch in 1929, but resigned his commission in 1932.

Seton's acting career began in 1935 when he starred in Ralph Ince's film, Blue Smoke. On the set, he met fellow actor Tamara Desni, and the two married in 1936 and divorced in 1940. A brief interruption came during World War II. In November 1939 he was commissioned Lieutenant in the Cameronians, ending the war as a Major. His last role was as the voice of Beadle in The Wonderful World of Disney from 1962-63. On the death of his brother in 1963 without male heirs, Seton inherited the former's baronetcy. Seton had been married twice but also had no male heirs and so, on his own death in 1969, the title passed to his cousin, Christopher.

Played Inspector Fabian of Scotland Yard in 1950s TV series "Fabian of The Yard". The series was based on the career of the former Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Robert Fabian who usually appeared briefly before the final fade-out to wind up the story.






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