Alexander Seton, 3rd Earl of Dunfermline

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Alexander Seton, 3rd Earl of Dunfermline (12 June 1642 - btw. 23 August/27 October 1677[1]) was an Earl in the Peerage of Scotland. He succeeded his father, Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, in 1672. Alexander was a younger son, but his older brother Charles had predeceased his father shortly before, in a naval battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War.[2] As a peer, he was entitled to sit in the Parliament of Scotland. He had no children, and upon his death in 1677 the title went to his brother, James Seton, 4th Earl of Dunfermline.[1] The title became extinct with James, who was outlawed in 1690 after fighting in the Battle of Killiecrankie, and died without heirs in 1694.[2]


  1. ^ a b Powicke, Maurice; E.B. Fryde (1961). Handbook of British Chronology (2nd ed.). London: Royal Historical Society. p. 475. 
  2. ^ a b Henderson, T. F. (rev. Edward M. Furgol) (2004). "Seton, Charles, second earl of Dunfermline (1615–1672)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/25117. 
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Charles Seton
Earl of Dunfermline
Succeeded by
James Seton