Seton, George 5th Earl of Winton 1a

Birth Name Seton, George 5th Earl of Winton
Gender male
Age at Death more than 70 years, 6 months, 23 days


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth before 6 March 1679     2a 3a
Event Note

His illegitimate birth was legitimised under Scottish law by his parent's subsequent marriage.

Legal 1682   legitimated per subsequens matrimonium 4a
Occupation about 1700 Vlaanderen, Belgiƫ Bellows-blower and under-servant for a blacksmith 5a
Event Note

Stories of old families by W Chambers LLD, Edinburgh 1878 page 14 claims he was in France.

Nobility Title 6 March 1704   5th Earl of Winton and 10th Lord Seton 4a
Event Note

De jure title from the death of his father, not confirmed until 1710

Event Note

At the time he was in Rome. Memoirs of the Secret Services of John Macky, Esq., 1733, 252.

Residence 1 November 1707 Seton Palace, East Lothian, Scotland returned from Europe 6a
Nobility Title 4 July 1710   Served heir general to his father 7a
Event Note

Before a jury of six peer, the Lord President, the Lord Justice-Clerk and seven judges of the Court of Session he was declared 'only surviving lawful son of the deceased George, Earl of Winton by the deceased Christian, Countess of Winton, his spouse.'

Legal September 1715 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Declared a rebel in his absence, later fined 500 sterling and sentance to a year in prision. 8a
Event Note

He was a zealous protestant, but was suspected of Jacobite views and was summoned to Edinburgh for questioning. He failed to appear, was declared a rebel, and shortly afterwards sentenced to escheat, a fine and imprisonment. On the 16 th September he collected many of his tenants and vassals at Pinkie Park Dyke where weapons were issued prior to joining the rebel force at Moffat.

S.P. Scotland series ii, bundle 8, number 71

Military Service October 1715   Joined the rebellion  
Event Note

On 7 or 8 October George and about 15 mounted servants joined the rebel force at Moffat, arriving there 11 October. The Earl was then in command of a squadron of horse, some of who were his servants and 'domestic gentlemen.' Mare men left Seton 19 October.

The Earl opposed the invasion of England and left the party for some time before rejoining and moving onto Preston.

State Trials, XV 834, 838 and 841
S.P. Scotland series ii, bundle 9, number 58

Military Service between 9 November 1715 and 14 November 1715 Preston, Lancashire, England Battle of Preston, where he was captured. 4a 9a
Court 19 March 1716 Tower of London, St.George in the East, London, Middlesex, England Convicted of high treason and condemned to death, with his titles forfeit. 4a 9a
Emigration 4 August 1716 Avignon, Vaucluse, France Escaped from the Tower of London and fled to join the Jacobite King James III 4a 2a 9a
Event Note

There are several various stories about the escape, some are contradictory.

Occupation between 1736 and 1739 Roma, Lazio, Italy Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge 4a 10
Occupation 1740   Member of the Pretenders cabinet 11a 12a
Death between 30 September 1749 and 19 December 1749 Roma, Lazio, Italy   13a 4a 2a
Event Note

The Sots Peerage claims he was unmarried at the time of his death, although other facts contradict this.

Burial December 1749 Protestant Cemetry, Roma, Lazio, Italy   13b


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Seton, George 4th Earl of Winton4 May 16426 March 1704
Mother Hepburn, Christian18 November 1703
    Brother     Seton, Christopher 5 January 1704
         Seton, George 5th Earl of Winton before 6 March 1679 between 30 September 1749 and 19 December 1749
Father Seton, George 4th Earl of Winton4 May 16426 March 1704
Stepmother Montgomerie, Mary164218 November 1703
    Half-sister     Seton, Mary 24 November 1666 about 1669


Family of Seton, George 5th Earl of Winton and McKlear, Margaret

Unknown Partner McKlear, Margaret ( * estimated 1675 + 8 August 1714 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1710     9b
Event Note

There is no direct evidence of this marriage, it was supposedly in secret, maybe due to him being a prominent protestant and her being catholic. It was also important for the Earl of Eglington's counter claim to the title in 1826 that the marriage was not proved, the original claim by George Seton did not look to prove the marriage as it was assumed that was unimportant, which left the Eglington lawyers free reign to examine documents.

Name Birth Date Death Date
Seton, Charles11 June 1711September 1781

Family of Seton, George 5th Earl of Winton and Pitcairn, Elizabeth

Unmarried Partner Pitcairn, Elizabeth ( * + ... )
Name Birth Date Death Date
Seton, Johnabout 1716
Seton, Christianabout 1716

Family of Seton, George 5th Earl of Winton

Event Date Place Description Sources
Alternate Marriage after 1718      

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Source References

  1. British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices
      • Date: 17 May 1874
      • Page: Evening Mail page 1 column 2
      • Evening Mail
  2. Patrick Cracroft-Brennan: Cracrofts Peerage
      • Page:
  3. G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors: The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed.,
      • Page: Vol. 8 page 193
  4. Mosley, Charles - editor: Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage
      • Date: 2003
      • Page: volume 1, page 1280.
  5. James Taylor: The Great Historic Families of Scotland, The Setons
      • Date: 1886
      • Page:
  6. Nisbet's Heraldry
      • Page: loc. cit.
  7. Registers of retours
      • Page: iiii, 495
  8. Books of Adjournal
      • Date: 15 September 1715
  9. Sir James Balfour Paul, Lord Lyon King of Arms: The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, with Armorial Illustrations
      • Date: 1911
      • Page: Volume 8 page 604
      • Date: 1904
      • Page: Vol. 8 page 605 plus addenda vol. 9 page 170
      • Citation:

        The addenda does contain errors as it mixes three women, using alias' into one.

  10. Hughan: The Jacobite Lodge at Rome, 1735-7
  11. Horace 4th Earl of Orford: Memoirs of the reign of George II
      • Date: 1822
      • Page: i 252
  12. Dictionary of National Biographies
      • Page: lix. 171
  13. Caledonian Mercury
      • Date: 16 January 1750
      • Page: No. 4567
      • Citation:

        Letters from Rome bring advice that the Earl of Winton, who was condemned to die in 1715, but escaped from the Tower, died there the 30th of September last, N.S., aged upwards of 70, and was buried in the place set apart for the Protestants.

      • Date: 16 January 1750