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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 703 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SIR CHRISTOPHER SETON, son and heir of John de Seton, a Cumberland gentleman, and his wife Erminia Lascelles, was born probably in 1278, since his age is given in March 1299 as twenty-one, in an inquisition into the lands of his deceased father. He did homage for these in October of that year, and was in the service of Edward I. at Lochmaben in 1304. In 1305 he came into possession of lands which had been granted by Sir John Seton to Robert Bruce and his wife Christian, who was perhaps a Seton. He had married about 1301 Christian Bruce, sister of King Robert, who was possibly his second cousin. He was present at his brother-in-law's coronation at Scone in 1306, and saved his life at the battle of Methven later in the same year. According to Dugdale he shut himself up in Loch-dom.' Castle in Ayrshire, and on the surrender of that castle was hanged as a traitor at Dumfries by order of Edward I. He left no heirs. His widow was in March 1307 in receipt of three pence a day from Edward I. for her support at the monastery of Sixhill in Lincolnshire. She was afterwards placed in the custody of Sir Thomas de Gray. His Cumberland estates, with the exception of his mother's dower, were given to Robert de Clifford. Another Seton, John de Seton, described as having no lands or chattels, was hanged for helping in the defence of Tibbers Castle, and for aiding in the murder of John Comyn, with other prisoners of war, at Newcastle in August 1306.

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Sir Christopher was captured at Loch Doon Castle in Ayrshire which belonged to the Earls of Carrick. His brother-in-law King Robert Bruce had been the earl of Carrick. John Seton who was captured at Tibbers and executed in Newcastle, was Christopher's brother. A younger brother Alexander, was a signatory of the Declaration of Arbroath (1320). Christopher's lands were in Yorkshire. he probably had a daughter and Margaret and some sources say that there was a son who died in infancy. Although an Englishman we have adopted him as one of our valiant heroes.These Setons are a different family from the Scottish Setons of Tranent.
It would be so nice if you were honest about the execution of Scottish patriots. The Setons were NOT hanged. They were hanged, drawn and quartered just as were Sir William Wallace, Sir Thomas Bruce, Sir Nigel Bruce, and so many other Scottish patriots.
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