Jonet Giffard of Yester

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Janet Gifford, of Yester

Birthplace: Yester Castle, Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Seton, East Lothian, , Scotland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Roger Giffard, of Yester and Anne Brewer
Wife of Alexander De Seton and Adam de Seton
Mother of Philip De Seton; John Setoun de Wintoun; Barbara Seton and Sir Christopher de Seton
Sister of Robert Gifford; Matthew Gifford; Philip Giffard; William Giffard; Hugh De Gifford, Lord of Boyton and 2 others

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About Janet Gifford, of Yester


3. Jonet Giffard(?). Jonet Giffard of Yester married Adam de Seton, and she is said to have been a daughter of Hugh Giffard I. We believe dating of this couple and their children suggests that Hugh Giffard was more likely to have been her grand-father, and that she was probably the daughter of his son William Giffard.

Several miles south of the East Lothian town of Gifford on a high roughly triangular promontory where the Hopes water merges with a lesser burn sits the broken remains of Yester castle. Consisting of a fragmented vaulted keep on the east side and at the apex of the site a section of 14th century curtain wall, showing evidence of lean-to buildings with a small postern gate.

Underneath this 14th century masonry is the famous subterranean Goblin Hall, presumably created by mysterious forces. In reality it is but the basement vault of the original rectangular keep first raised by the alleged wizard Hugh de Gifford some time before 1267. This Gifford keep was illegally occupied by the English in 1308 and was consequently stormed by the Scots then cast down to ground level in accord with King Robert the Bruce's (1306-1329)policy of making castles unserviceable to the English.


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Jonet Giffard of Yester's Timeline

Yester Castle, Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland
Age 18
Seton, East Lothian, , Scotland
Age 26
Seton, East Lothian, Scotland
Age 44
Seton, East Lothian , Scotland
Seton, East Lothian, , Scotland