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Person Bruce Seton 1303

1909 — 1969
Areas of activity
  • Composer of tunes

Bruce Seton (later Sir Bruce Lovat Seton of Abercorn, 11th Baronet) trained as a military officer but after a brief stint in the Black Watch he resigned his commission to take up acting. He appeared in the theatre and in a number of films – including the classic Ealing comedy, Whisky Galore! (1949), which describes how a ship carrying thousands of cases of whisky is shipwrecked near a ficticious Scottish island, to the delight of the natives –, but perhaps his most significant role was as the title character of the groundbreaking BBC crime series, Fabian of the Yard (1954–56).

Seton learned to play the pipes during his time in the military and was considered to be reasonably competent although he reputedly wasn’t very good at writing down his compositions.