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It is somewhat difficult to document all of the achievements of the House of Seton, noting that 'the Seton's had hitherto been more distinguished in warlike than in civil pursuits, but in the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries no less than six members of the family obtained seats on the Scottish Bench.'  Nevertheless, from it's traditions as knights in the service of Crown for every branch of the house for 13 generations, the head of the House of Seton was created the first Lord of Parliament in Scotland in the establishment of the Nobility, before 1393.

SIR WILLIAM SETON, 1ST LORD SETON, of whom it is recorded that ‘he was the first creatit and made lord in the Parliament, and he and his posteritie to have ane voit yairin, and be callit Lordis’, was the son of the heiress Margaret Seton and Alan de Winton (of the Seton's of Winton).  Sir William knighted early in life and carried on the family Templar traditional seat.  He was later created the first Scottish Lord, sometime before 1393, and thus the Seton's were the Premier Barons of Scotland.  He died in February, 1409, and was buried in the Church of the Franciscan Friars in Haddington.  His elder son, Sir John Seton, became 2nd Lord Seton and married a daughter of the tenth Earl of Dunbar and March, and carried on the direct line of the family, and was the ancestor of the Earls of Winton and Dunfermline, and the Viscounts Kingston.  The younger son of Sir William Seton, 1st Lord, was Sir Alexander Seton who married the heiress of the great family of Gordon, and who was created 1st Lord Gordon and was the progenitor of the Earls and Marquises of Huntly who were later Dukes of Gordon, as well as of the Earls of Sutherland, and of the Setons of Touch, Hereditary Armour-Bearers to the King, the Setons of Meldrum, of Abercorn, of Pitmedden, of Mounie and other branches of the house throughout Aberdeenshire and the north of Scotland. Sir John Seton fought with the hereditary valour of the Setons at the memorable battle of Harlaw in 1411, and in the wars in France in 1421 and was succeeded by his grandson, George Seton (first of the name of George) as 3rd Lord Seton (who was succeeded by his grandson George Seton (second of the name of George, but 4th Lord Seton).

Earldom of Winton (claimants de jure to the Earldom of Buchan, and Winchester), Lord Seton, Baron Seton and Tranent, Winton and Wynchburgh, Cockenzie, Kirkliston, Niddry, Sorn

Earldom of Dunfermline, Lord Fyvie, Lord Urquhart, Baron of Fyvie, Dalgety, Dunfermline, Pinkie and Pluscarden (ref the Seton's of Barnes line).

Duke of Gordon, Marquis and Earl of Huntly (as Gordon) Lord Gordon, Baron Gordon, Huntly and Strathbogie, and the many Gordon Baron's and Earls (incl Sutherland).

Earldom of Eglinton, Lord Montgomerie, Baron Adrossan (created as Montgomerie)

Viscount of Kingston, Lord Craigiehall, Baron of Whittingehame and Stoneypath

Lord Pitmedden, Baron of Pitmedden

Lord Kilcreuch, Baron of Culcreuch and Gargunnock

Lord Barnes, Baron of Barnes and Hailes

SIR JOHN SETON OF BARNES, the third son of George, 7th Lord Seton, resided for some years at the Court of Philip II., of Spain. Viscount Kingston in his historical account of the Seton family says that Sir John ‘was a brave young man,’ and that he was made by King Philip 'Knight of the Royal Order of St. Jago', 'att that tyme the only order of knighthood in that kingdome of greatest esteem; in memory whereof he and his heirs has a sword in their coat of armes, being the badge of that order. King Philip also preferred him to be a gentleman of his chamber and Cavalier de la Boca (Master of the Household). He also carried the golden key at his syde on a blew ribbing, all which were the greatest honours King Philip of Spain could give to any of his subjects, except to be made a grandee of Spain. He had a pension granted to him and his heirs of two thousand crowns yearly.'  Sir John Seton was recalled to Scotland by James VI, who made him Lord Treasurer, Master of the Horse, and an Extraordinary Lord of Session sitting as Lord Barnes (taking the place of his brother Alexander who was promoted to President of the Court of Session).  His son, Sir John Seton, 2nd of Barnes, was an officer of the Court of King Charles I.  The Seton of Barnes family became the heirs of the Earldom of Dunfermline, though the estates having long since been forfeit.

Barons (or Lairds which are lesser Baron's): Abercorn, Allanton, Bourtie, Cariston, Disblair, Garleton, Kirkliston, Lathrisk, Meldrum, Menie, Mounie, Olivestob, Parbroath, Pitmedden, Preston and Ekolsund, Rumgavie, St. Germains, Touch, Tullibody, Windygoul

Baronetcy's: Abercorn, Pitmedden, Windygoul (extinct), Garleton (extinct), Olivestob (extinct)




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