George Seton, 1st Lord Seton
George was the son and heir of Sir William Seton of that Ilk who was killed at the battle of Verneuil on 17 August 1424. Sir William dying before his father, Sir John Seton of that Ilk, George succeeded his grandfather, when a minor, before 1434, and reached his majority before 2 November 1437.
He was knighted before 18 September 1439 and had a Safe-conduct to pass through England dated 23 April 1448, when he accompanied Lord Chancellor Crichton's Embassy to Flanders, France, and Burgundy. He served on a jury in a perambulation by Thomas de Cranstoun, Justiciar, on 22 March 1451, where he is styled "Sir George de Seton of that Ilk".
Shortly after that date he was created a Lord of Parliament as Lord Seton ('George domini Setoun') and sat in the Scottish Parliament as such on 14 June 1452.
He was a Privy Councillor by 11 July 1458 and made a Lord Auditor in 1469/70. He again had a Safe-conduct to travel to England as Ambassador on 16 March 1472 (1471/2), and once more on 21 April 1473.
Marriage and death
He married twice: (1), before 8 January 1436/7, Margaret, only child of John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Buchan and Chamberlain of Scotland, by his spouse Elizabeth, only daughter of Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas; (2), before 8 January 1460/1. Christian, née Murray, said to have been of the house of Tullibardine.
The 1st Lord Seton died shortly after 15 July 1478 at the Black Friars, Edinburgh, and was buried there.
His only son and heir by his first wife, John, Master of Seton, died before 19 July 1476, before his father, and was buried at Seton. His son, a grandson of George, 1st Lord Seton, became the successor:
- George Seton, 2nd Lord Seton (d. 1507/8).
- Anderson, William, The Scottish Nation, Edinburgh, 1867, vol. viii, p. 437.
- Cokayne, G. E., & White, Geoffrey H., editors, The Complete Peerage, London, 1949, vol. ii, p. 633-34.