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Seton Collegiate Church, Haddington.

There was a church here from early times and is it said that Sir Alexander Seton, in the time of king David II (1329-1371), was buried in the parish church of Seton. Also that Katherine Sinclair, wife of William, first Lord Seton, about 1390, "biggit ane yle on the south side of the paroch kirk of Seton of fine estlar, pendit and theikit it with stane, with ane sepulchar thairin quhair she lies". Her son John, who died in 1441, was buried in this aisle.

George, the second Lord Seton, had the church raised to collegiate status. He built the sacristy and covered it with stone in the reign of James IV. He died in 1507 and was buried near the high altar.

Seton College from south-east. Seton Collegiate Church.

The collegiate foundation consisted of a provost, six prebendaries, one clerk, and two singing boys. In 1544 the structure suffered much at the hands of the English invaders, who carried off the organ and bells, and burnt the timber work. The church was saved, re-roofed and much mended by the members of the Wemyss family. The church was dedicated to "St Mary and Holy Cross".

Plan of Seton College. Plan of Seton College.

 

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