SEATON, Alexander of Seaton, Sir
- Born: About 1285
- Marriage (1): Isabel
- Died: 1332, Battle of Wester Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland 1
"...... a man of singu|lar worth and merit; and, according to doctor Abercrombie, one of king Robert's fastest friends. That great prince soon put him in possession of all the estates his father enjoyed in Scotland, of which he had been most unjustly forfeited by king Edward I. for his loyalty to his lawful prince. That monarch also deprived him of his estates in England, which were very considerable, and bestowed them upon his English nobles, who had been most active in the Scotch wars.
His lands in Yorkshire, called Whitbystrand, he gave to sir Edmund Manly, who had performed many brave actions against the Scots; and his lands in Northumberland he gave to the noble family of Dalavale, which retains the name of Seaton-Dalavale to this day; but it was never afterwards in the power of this family to recover these lands out of the hands of the English: However, king Robert, in reward of his own merit, and the sufferings of his predecessors, granted him several noble privileges, made him his own secretary, and governor of Berwick, erected his lands of Seaton into a free barony, with the privileges of a free warreny, discharging all persons to hunt, hawk, or fish within his bounds, without the consent of sir Alexander, or his successors, by his royal charter, dated the 16th year of his reign.
He was one of the Scotch patriots who signed that famous letter to the pope, asserting the independency of Scotland, anno 1320.
He got a charter under the great seal, Alexandro de Seaton,militi, of the lands of Travnent, Longniddry, &c. which formerly belonged to Alan de Zouch.
Also the lands and barony of Dundas, the lands of Wester Cragyn, Queensferry; and Barns, in East Lothian, with many others, by his charter, dated at Berwick upon Tweed, 13th April 1322......
He married lady Isabel, daughter of Duncan, tenth earl of Fife, by whom he had two sons.
1. Sir Alexander, his heir.
2. ---, who was killed with his father near Kinghorn in Fife, anno 1332.
After the death of king Robert Bruce, his son king David being but a child, the Baliols thought this a fit opportunity to renew their pretensions to the crown of Scotland: Edward Baliol therefore, with the assistance of the king of England, invaded Scotland with a fleet and army, and landed in Fife: though the Scots were no ways prepared for such an unexpected attack, yet the brave sir Alexander Seaton immediately got together what forces he could to oppose them, but lost his life in the encounter, near Kinghorn, anno 1332.
He was succeeded both in his estate and the government of Berwick, by his son,"
from The peerage of Scotland
Note: In the Seton Family website the keepers of Berwick were this Alexander's son and grandson, also named Alexander. Alexander his son was married to Christian Cheyne and his grandson Alexander was married to Margaret Murray. 1 2
Alexander married Isabel, daughter of Duncan 10th Earl of Fife and Unknown. (Isabel was born about 1283.)
"He married lady Isabel, daughter of Duncan, tenth earl of Fife..."
from The peerage of Scotland