Baron Raglan, of Raglan in the County of Monmouth, is a title in the
Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1852 for the military
commander Lord FitzRoy Somerset, chiefly remembered as commander of
the British troops during the Crimean War.
2 Barons Raglan (1852)
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The title was created for Lord FitzRoy Somerset, the youngest son of
Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort
Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort (see
Duke of Beaufort
Duke of Beaufort for earlier
history of the family). His second but eldest surviving son, the
second Baron, served as a
Lord-in-Waiting (government whip in the
House of Lords) from 1866 to 1868 in the Conservative administrations
of the Earl of Derby and Benjamin Disraeli. He was succeeded by his
son, the third Baron. He held office as Under-Secretary of State for
War between 1900 and 1902 in the Conservative government of Lord
Salisbury. His eldest son, the fourth Baron, was a soldier and also
served as Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire. The fifth Baron was active
House of Lords
House of Lords but lost his seat in the upper chamber of
parliament after the passing of the
House of Lords
House of Lords Act 1999. As of
2012[update] the title is held by the fourth Baron's third but second
surviving son, the sixth Baron, who succeeded in 2010. As a descendant
of the fifth Duke of Beaufort, Lord Raglan is also in remainder to
this peerage and its subsidiary titles.
Like their Beaufort relatives, the Barons of Raglan can boast an
unbroken line of male (but illegitimate) descent from Henry II and the
The family seat was Cefntilla Court,
Llandenny in Monmouthshire. An
inscription over the porch dated 1858 reads: "This house with 238
acres of land was purchased by 1623 of the friends, admirers and
comrades in arms of the late Field Marshal Lord Raglan GCB and
presented by them to his son and his heirs for ever in a lasting
memorial of affectionate regard and respect". Memorials to a number of
members of the Raglan branch of the Somerset family can be seen in St
John's Church, the parish church of Llandenny.
The fifth baron willed Cefntilla to a nephew, the son of his sister,
and not to the heirs of the barony, a decision which was contested.
During the legal dispute, the Honourable Arthur Somerset, son and heir
of the new Baron, died suddenly on 25 July 2012. The dispute was
subsequently settled and Cefntilla sold.
Barons Raglan (1852)
FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, 1st
Baron Raglan (1788–1855)
Richard Henry FitzRoy Somerset, 2nd
Baron Raglan (1817–1884)
George FitzRoy Henry Somerset, 3rd
Baron Raglan (1857–1921)
FitzRoy Richard Somerset, 4th
Baron Raglan (1885–1964)
FitzRoy John Somerset, 5th
Baron Raglan (1927–2010)
Geoffrey Somerset, 6th Baron Raglan (born 1932)
Hon. Arthur Geoffrey Somerset (1960–2012)
The heir apparent is the present holder's grandson Iñigo Arthur
Fitzroy Somerset (born 2004).
Duke of Beaufort
^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage &
Knighthood (107 ed.).
Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 3254.
^ Roth, Andrew (18 April 2010). "Guardian- Lord Raglan Obituary". The
Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
^ Mary in Monmouth (2010-03-08). "Mary in Monmouth: LLANDENNY - The
Church with the Mystery Saint". Maryinmonmouth.blogspot.com. Retrieved
^ "Walesonline - The disinheritance of Lord Raglan's nephew and future
title holder causes split in family without resolve". Archived from
the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
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