Seton Montolieu Montgomerie

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The Hon. Seton Montolieu Montgomerie (15 May 1846 – 26 November 1883) was born at the Clarendon Hotel, London. Seton died in Windsor,[1] at the age of 37, from the effects of diabetes.[2] Seton Montolieu Montgomerie was the second son of Archibald Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton (1812–1861)[3] His mother was Theresa Newcomen, born in Calcutta; she died 1853.[3] Theresa was the illegitimate daughter of Thomas Gleadowe-Newcomen, 2nd Viscount Newcomen.[4]

Life and family[edit]

Stone from Eglinton Castle indicating the Seton family connection.
Seton's family seat, Eglinton Castle

Seton may have been so named following his father being created Earl of Winton, a title previously held by the Seton family. He had the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the Scots Fusilier Guards and married Nina Janet Bronwen Peers Williams, daughter of Lt.-Col. Thomas Peers Williams, on 11 June 1870. He would have inherited the title if he had not died so young, and having only daughters who at the time were unable to inherit the property and title, his younger brother George (1848–1919) became the 15th Earl and his son Archibald became the 16th Earl of Eglinton and Winton.

Lady Egida Montgomerie (d. 13 January 1880) was his older sister, she married Frederick William Brook Thellusson, 5th Baron Rendlesham. His older brother was Archibald Montgomerie, who became the 14th Earl of Eglinton (3 December 1841 – 30 August 1892).

His mother, Lady Theresa, died in December 1853 and Seton's father married again, his new wife being the Hon. Adela, daughter of Arthur Capell, 6th Earl of Essex, in 1858. Seton had two half-sisters through this marriage:

  • Lady Sybil Amelia Montgomerie (d. 3 February 1932)
  • Lady Hilda Rose Montgomerie (d. 18 June 1928)


Alswen Montgomerie

The couple had three children:[5]

  • Alswen Dorothy Rose Montgomerie, died 23 Dec 1943
  • Viva Seton Montgomerie, born 1879 and died 14 Apr 1959
  • May Egida Montgomerie, born 4 Apr 1874 and died 2 Dec 1874


Viva wrote two books; the first one, published in 1914 was 'Sunny Days on the Riviera. Being a Diary of Some Sketching at Eze', illustrated with views of the Riviera by her sister Alswen. The second book was 'My Scrapbook of Memories', published in 1955 and containing references to Seton Montolieu Montgomerie, her mother and many Montgomerie family members.

Family photographs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Descendents of the 13th Earl of Eglinton. Retrieved 14 January 2010
  2. ^ Montgomerie, Page 5
  3. ^ a b Burke's Peerage, Page 2158
  4. ^ Burke's Peerage, Page 2154
  5. ^ Leo van der Pas. Descendants of Hugh Montgomerie, 12th Earl of Eglintoun (1739-1819). Retrieved 24 February 2008
  • Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, Charles Mosley, Edit. 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003)
  • Montgomerie, Viva Seton (1955). My Scrapbook of Memories. Privately published. pp. 104.