In 1306, Christopher de Seton was faced with a conflicting interest between supporting either his King or his friend who was a contender for the Scottish Crown. When Comyn, who was also a contender for the Crown of Scotland, was murdered in Greyfriars Church in Dumfries by Robert the Bruce, then Seton saved his friends life, but became a man with a price on his head. At the battle of Methven, de Seton again saved the life of Robert the Bruce, but the Scots were defeated and Christopher de Seton fled to Doon Castle. He was betrayed and on a hill outside Dumfries , called Chrystal Mount, he was executed. After these battles Edward I confiscated de Seton's lands in North Yorkshire and they were awarded to Sir Edmund de Mauley of Mulgrave. Seaton Manor stayed with the Mulgrave lords from 1306 to 1870.

At the time of the Norman Conquest, when the population of England was estimated at 1 and 1/4 million, Seaton Manor had about 30 people living in thatched wooden huts.

Today, Staithes is a beautiful fishing village on the coast of North Yorkshire and on the edge of the spectacular North York Moors National Park.

Other historical facts

A possible legend/myth in the area is that Beowulf is buried close to Staithes, at Boulby, which are the highest cliffs on the east coast of England.


The seaside village of Staithes has historical significance with regards to the de Brus family but it is much later than the time of the early settlements in Castleton, Danby and Guisborough. In fact Christopher de Seton-Staithes was an Englishman who was a good friend and brother in law of the future King Robert the Bruce of Scotland. The de Setons had held their lands in North Yorkshire for over 200 years and were knights in the service of both the English and Scottish sides of the family. In 1295 both Christopher de Seton and Robert the Bruce swore loyalty to King Edward I.