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Winton Estate is an idyllic patch of Scotland’s countryside: two thirds farmland and one third woodland with a castle in its centre, less than half an hour from Edinburgh.
Given to the Norman family of Seton by their countryman, King David I around 1150, the first tower house was burnt four centuries later by the English King Henry VIII.
The importance of the estate grew with the Earls of Winton; the house was restored as a Renaissance palace only to be confiscated along with the Seton lands and titles for the Earl’s part in the 1715 Jacobite Rising.
The estate retains its colour and richness today, in part a product of the past. The last 250 years have seen seven generations build on what they inherited. Through marriage, it was linked with one of the most important collections of estates in the country; in 1888, Constance Nisbet Hamilton married Henry Ogilvy from the county of Angus.
Sir Francis Ogilvy is the latest in line at Winton and lives there with his wife and four children. See Winton History for more…