Often regarded as the most desirable Scottish residence of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Seton Palace was erected by George, 4th Lord Seton. The palace is similar in style to his house at Winton showing the influence of Elizabethan architecture in Scottish building. The palace was indeed an imposing building. Set around a large triangular court stood three large fronts of freestone. The front to the south east consisted of an apartment with hallway, drawing-room, parlour, bedchamber, dressing-room and closet. This apartment was built in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots, indicated by the ceiling which featured the Coats-of-Arms of Scotland, France, Queen Mary, the Dauphin and Hamilton etc., all of which were surrounded by the French Order of St. Michael. The earlier front to the north housed the apartments of state, necessary because Seton Palace was frequently visited by royalty including Mary Queen of Scots, James VI and Charles I. The earlier front to the north housed three great rooms with 40 feet high ceilings. Rooms were finely furnished after Mary Queen of Scots kept Court there on her return from France. To accommodate staff the third front was full of good lodging rooms and the outer Courts included numerous offices and a Church or Chapel. To defend this impressive building towers stood at every angle and on each side of the gate.