Robert Seton, 2nd Earl of Winton

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Robert Seton, 2nd Earl of Winton and 9th Lord Seton (c. 1585 – January 1634) was a Scottish Peer.

He succeeded his father Robert Seton, 1st Earl of Winton in March, 1603. A devoted Catholic and supporter of the Stuarts all of his life, he began rebuilding the Seton Palace, which his brother the 3rd Earl continued and completed.

Robert, 2nd Earl of Winton was, however, unbalanced, and went mad on his wedding night, emptying a chamber pot down his bride's cleavage, and was accordingly kept shut away at Seton, where he diligently worked away on his building project and the management of the family estates, until his death.

Because of his incapacity he was prevailed upon to resign the Earldom in favour of his younger brother George Seton, 4th Earl of Winton on 26 June 1606, although this was not put into effect until 12 May 1607. It has been said that his brother George's motivation for restoring and rebuilding Winton House, was to ensure that his older brother Robert would be suitably and honorably cared for during the remainder of his life after presenting him with the family honours and estates at such an opportune age in life.

Lord Winton married, on 1 February 1603, Ann (d. 6 July 1609), only daughter of John Maitland, 2nd Lord Maitland of Thirlestane. She subsequently petitioned for divorce on the grounds of her husband's impotence.


  • Mosley, Charles, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, Crans, Switzerland, 1999, p. 950, ISBN 2-940085-02-1