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King Malcolm Canmore "gaif to the predecessour and forebear of my Lord Seytoun the surename of Seytoun... appearandlie be ressoun that the gentilman... possessit the landis of Seytoun for the tyme... thay landis ar callit Seytoun for ane grit caus, becaus thay ly hard upon the Sey cost and the Toun thairof is neir to the Sey."

Winton House, as created by George Seton, 3rd Earl of Winton.
Winton House, early 18th century.


Fyvie Castle, as created by Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline an Chancellor of Scotland.
Fyvie Castle, 2010.



Niddry Castle, from the Golf Course, 2005.
Niddry Castle, from the Golf Course, 2005.

The transept crossing, at Seton Collegiate Church.The Scottish Lords Seton, Earls of Winton, etc.

Noted for their refined tastes and hereditary love of learning, every branch within the house was noted for being tall and proud, for the manner in which they carried themselves, for their unswerving loyalty, sense of duty, honour, and the ability to speak various languages and for building of astounding places of residence., the House of Seton of Scotland has a long and complex history. And the old Scottish expression, "Tall and proud like the Seton's", is still in existence.

From the descendants of King Charles I of France, renown as the Emperor Charlemagne, they were the seniors of the bloodline known as the Carolingians and were local rulers governing small territories and peoples in the Comte of Flanders, before a single family line emerged by the end of the eleventh century in Scotland, founded by Seier de Seton (Seier, Scots vulgo of French = Seigneur, the Baron of Seton).

Seier de Seton was the eldest son of Count Lambert de Lens, of Boulogne-sur-Mer in Flanders who died at Phalampin circa 1054 and who himself was the second son of Eustace I of the Flemish Five Eustaces fame.  Count Lambert had married secondly Adelaide of Normandy, daughter of Robert, Duke of Normandy who's famed son William became Duke of Normandy and King William I of England in 1066.

Sir Christopher Seton in 1306 was the loyal adherent of King Robert Bruce and who married the King's sister, and saved Bruce's life at the Battle of Methven; while his son Sir Alexander, played not only a prominent role at Bannockburn, but was one of the signatories to the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.  Sir Alexander Seton, of the Governor of Berwick fame, ended his years at the Templar Hospital in Edinburgh.

Eventually the direct male-line of the Seton's ended with the heiress Margaret de Seton, who married her cousin Alan de Winton, himself a Seton descended from Philip de Seton who had recieved the Charter of the Lands of Winton in 1169, and who's branch of the family had taken their name of Winton from their estate of Winton which they had recieved in patrimony. 

Their son, Sir William Seton was knighted prior to becoming 1st Lord Seton, and was the first ever created Scottish Lord of Parliament, and hence the Premier Baron's of Scotland.  His eldest son Sir John continuing the powerful line of the Lords Seton, and his second son, Alexander founding the equally powerful Lords Gordon and Earls of Huntly.

Before the Lords were created, the family maintained a tradition of Knights, for thirteen generations until the mid-14th century, and passed this training hereditarily to every son of the House.  They were senior Templars and Crusaders from the beginning of the Order, and maintained connections in France, Spain and Rome.

The Setons then, were the true heirs of the Knights Templar.  They became custodians of the many Templar estates in Scotland, and continued to maintain prominent positions in the various Orders, such as the Order of the Hospitallers, and who acquired most of the Templar domains throughout Scotland. And while in modern times this subject generates significant interest, in it's time it was a quietly acknowledged privilege and kept as the highest point of honour, second only to serving the King.

Arms of the Seton Earls of Winton © The Seton Family 2005

The Seton Arms

Arms of the Seton Family © The Seton Family 2005
















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