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About Lilias Seton

"The Green Lady" of Fyvie Castle.Turriff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

The best-known spectre here is that of the “Green Lady”, Dame Lilias Drummond, wife of the Alexander Seton, owner of the Castle in the early 17th century. Although they had five children, they were all daughters, and this rankled with the ambitious Seton who longed for a son. One day his discontented eye fixed upon one wife’s relatives, a young woman named Grizel Leslie. She was more than welcoming of his Lordships advances and, very soon, the two were enjoying a passionate affair. Neglected by her husband, Dame Lilias retired to their house in Fife where she became ill and died on 8th May 1601. She was barely cold in her grave before Alexander Seton had married Grizel and brought her to live at Fyvie Castle. But on their wedding night, they were disturbed by moans and heavy sighs from outside their bedroom window. Seton comforted his terrified wife, assuring her that it was just the wind. But the next morning, on opening the window, he found etched into the solid stone of the outside ledge the name D LILIAS DRUMMOND. The mysterious impression is still there; whilst her spirit, swathed in green, makes frequent returns to the stairways and corridors of the old castle, bemoaning her betrayal, and leaving the delicate fragrance of Rose petals in her ghostly wake.

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Lilias Seton's Timeline

Crawford, Lanark, Scotland
Age 10
Dumfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
August 1, 1594
Age 14
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
August 8, 1599
Age 19
Dumferline, Fifeshire, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
August 8, 1599
Age 19
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
May 8, 1601
Age 21
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland