SETON FAMILY TARTANS
Suggestive Tartans for Family Branches
It is important to
note that the first Seton tartan was not designed by the Seton
family; no consultation ever took place with any representative
nor anyone who knew anything of our history, or our place in
Scottish history. It appeared in the volume by the
Sobieski-Stuart (Allen) brothers in the mid-1800's called the
Vestarium Scoticum, and all scholars of the subject agree that
the work lacks credibility. Nevertheless, while many
families in Scotland have likewise had tartan's promulgated in
their name from this origin, it is the sentiment of the
tradition that matter most and many generations of Seton's have
borne the "old family version", proudly.
The tartans here are
designed to better represent the family with colours, or tinctures, that are
long known to have been historically associated with the Seton's and the Seton
Arms. These designs were created by using the Royal Stewart, Hamilton, Hay
and Hepburn tartans; which families had long associations, descent and history
with the Seton family. This in no way constitutes a certified-list of official
tartans. It simply serves to illustrate design possibilities, as these
tartans were designed by the author.
A few of the guidelines used are:
The Red ground: signifies the ancient
royal bloodline and the purity of the Seton bloodline, and of
the tincture of three crescents and double-tressure of the Seton
White center stripe in the center: signifies the purity of purpose
of the family, illustrated in the Seton family creed of "Un Dieu, Un
Foy, Un Roy, Un Loy", which is old Scots-French for, "One God, One
Time, One King, One Loyalty", written by the former head of the
family George, 7th Lord Seton and which was engraved above the
entrance of the Palace of Seton; it also emulates that in Queen
Victoria's Stewart tartan and commemorates Sir Henry-John Seton of
Abercorn who was a groom-in-waiting to Her Majesty Queen Victoria.
The Royal Blue
stripes: signify the Royal connections of the Seton family, having
inter-married with the Royal House on at least four occasions.
The Violet stripes:
commemorate the noblility of the Seton Family, and also serve to
illustrate the connections with the Montgomerie-Seton family.
The Yellow stripes:
added from the shield-ground-tincture of the Seton Arms, and also
taken from Gordon Family tartan who are male-descent Seton's.
The Black stripes:
commemorate the many Catholic Clergy in the family and for St.
Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American Saint.
The Green stripes:
represent the many lands that the Seton's held in Scotland; most
notably the Seton lands and garden's and orchard's at the Palace of
Seton and at Winton House; the lands and garden's at Niddry Castle;
the lands and garden's Chancellor Seton's Fyvie Castle and Pinkie
House; the Seton Hereditary Armour Bearer's to the King at Touch
House; the lands and garden's of Meldrum House; and the popular
Great Garden of Pitmedden of Sir Alexander Seton, Lord Pitmedden and
1st Baronet of Pitmedden.
The following are examples of Seton
Seton Family Tartan
Seton Family Red
The Seton Grey
The Seton Black
Specialized Family-Branch Tartans