Earl of Winton

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The title Earl of Winton was created in the Peerage of Scotland and later in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It is currently held by the Earl of Eglinton.

The title was first bestowed upon Robert Seton, 8th Lord Seton. His descendants held it until George Seton, 5th Earl of Winton, was convicted of high treason in 1716, resulting in the forfeiture of his titles. Lord Winton was also condemned to death, but he managed to escape the Tower of London and fled to Rome, where he later died. The family resided at Winton Castle.

In 1834, there were two claimants: the Earl of Eglinton and George Seton as a descendant of Sir George Seton of Garleton, East Lothian.[1]

The title had a second creation for the thirteenth Earl of Eglinton, a kinsman of the last Earl from the first creation.

The Lords Seton were the Premier Lords of Parliament of Scotland until the creation of the Earldom of Winton in 1600. Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington wrote in his History of the House of Seytoune to the Year 1559 that Sir William Seton,

... was the 'First creatit and made Lord of Parliament in Scotland, and he and his posteritie to have ane voit yairin and be callit Lords' by King Robert II, where there were no Lords of Parliament before that time. Noted accordingly in the records of the Scottish parliament, held at Scone 26 March 1371, at the coronation of Robert II, William de Seton is named among the "Nobiles Barones", as 'Dominus de Seton'. As Knight-Barons, the Setons had previously sat in the original parliaments of Scotland from the earliest times, including those of David I, King Balliol, Robert I and David II. Anderson states George Seton accompanied Chancellor Crichton to France & Burgundy in 1448 and 'was soon afterwards created a peer of parliament'," which referred to the young Seton having finally come of age and being given his family's seat held by his grandfather, and not of the creation.[2]

The Complete Peerage cites a jury on which "Sir George de Seton of that Ilk" served on 22 March 1451 (1450/1) and states that "he was created, shortly after that date, a Lord of Parliament as Lord Seton [S]".[3][4][5][6]


Lords Seton (1371)[edit]

Earls of Winton, First Creation (1600)[edit]

Earls of Winton, Second Creation (1859)[edit]

See Earl of Eglinton


  1. ^ Brown, Peter, publisher, The Peerage of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1834: 213
  2. ^ Anderson, William, The Scottish Nation, Edinburgh, 1867, vol.viii: 437
  3. ^ Cokayne, G. E., and White, Geoffrey H., editor, The Complete Peerage, London, 1949, vol. xi, p. 633
  4. ^ Seton, George A History of the Family of Seton during Eight Centuries. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1896
  5. ^ The History of the House of Seytoun to the Year MDLIX", Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington, Knight, with the Continuation, by Alexander Viscount Kingston, to MDCLXXXVII. Printed at Glasgow, MDCCCXXIX
  6. ^ Seton, Monsignor, An Old Family, History of the Setons of Scotland and America; Brentano's, New York, 1899.
  7. ^ Seton, Robert. An Old Family: Or, The Setons of Scotland and America, Brentano's, 1899, p. 51Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.