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Duke of Somerset
Somerset
is a title in the peerage of England that has been created several times. Derived from the county of Somerset, it is particularly associated with two families: the Beauforts who held the title from the creation of 1448, and the Seymours from the creation of 1547, in whose name the title is still held. The present dukedom is unique, in that the first holder of the title created it for himself in his capacity of Lord Protector
Lord Protector
of the Kingdom of England, using a power granted in the Will of his nephew King Edward VI. The only subsidiary title of the Duke of Somerset
Somerset
is Baron Seymour, which is used as a courtesy title by the eldest son and heir of the Duke. This courtesy title is the lowest in rank of all heirs to Dukedoms in the peerages of the British Isles, yet a Lord Seymour's precedence is higher than his title suggests, by virtue of the seniority of the Dukedom of Somerset
Somerset
(the only more senior non-royal duke is the Duke of Norfolk). Several other titles have been held by the Dukes of Somerset, but have become extinct. These include: Earl of Kendal (created 1443, extinct 1444), Earl of Somerset
Somerset
(created 1397, forfeit 1461), Marquess of Dorset (created 1397, degraded 1399; created 1442, forfeit 1461), Marquess of Somerset
Somerset
(created 1397, degraded 1399), Earl of Dorset (created 1441, forfeit 1461), Viscount Rochester (created 1611, extinct 1645), Viscount Beauchamp of Hache (created 1536, forfeit 1552), Earl of Hertford
Earl of Hertford
(created 1537, forfeit 1552; and created 1559, extinct 1750), Marquess of Hertford
Marquess of Hertford
(created 1640, extinct 1675), Baron Seymour of Trowbridge (created 1641, extinct 1750), Baron Percy (created 1722, separated 1750), Baron Cockermouth
Baron Cockermouth
(created 1749, separated 1750), Earl of Egremont
Earl of Egremont
(created 1749, separated 1750), and Earl St. Maur (created 1863, extinct 1885). The ducal seat is Bradley House in Maiden Bradley, west Wiltshire, with a secondary estate at Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totnes, Devon. The principal burial place for the Seymour family
Seymour family
today is at the Church of All Saints, adjacent to Bradley House; the church and the family cemetery can be reached from the grounds of Bradley House via private access.[2]

Contents

1 Creation of Empress Matilda 2 Beaufort creations 3 Royal family creations 4 Earl of Somerset
Somerset
under James VI and I 5 Seymour creation and 17th century claim to revert to Beaufort creations 6 12th Duke and sons, the Earls St. Maur 7 13th–19th Dukes 8 Arms 9 Earls of Somerset, first Creation (1141) 10 Earls of Somerset, second Creation (1397) 11 Marquesses of Somerset
Somerset
(1397) 12 Earls of Somerset, second Creation (1397; reverted) 13 Dukes of Somerset, first Creation (1443) 14 Earls of Somerset, second Creation (1397; reverted) 15 Dukes of Somerset, second Creation (1448) 16 Duke of Somerset, third Creation (1499) 17 Duke of Richmond
Duke of Richmond
and Somerset
Somerset
(1525) 18 Dukes of Somerset, fourth Creation (1547) 19 Earls of Somerset, third Creation (1613) 20 Dukes of Somerset, fourth Creation (1547; restored 1660) 21 Earls St Maur (1863 creation) 22 Family Tree 23 See also 24 Notes 25 References

Creation of Empress Matilda[edit] William de Mohun of Dunster (?–c. 1155), a favourite of Empress Matilda and a loyal supporter of her in the war against King Stephen (during which he earned the epithet of the "Scourge of the West"), was given the title Earl of Somerset
Somerset
in 1141. In the foundation charter of the priory at Bruton he describes himself as "Willielmus de Moyne, comes Somersetensis". The title was not recognised by Stephen or Henry II (Matilda's son), and his descendants did not use the title. Beaufort creations[edit] John Beaufort (1371/1373–1410) was the eldest son from John of Gaunt's marriage to Katherine Swynford. He was created Earl of Somerset
Somerset
on 10 February 1397 and on 9 September 1397[3] he was created Marquess of Somerset
Somerset
following his marriage to Margaret Holland, daughter of Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent
Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent
was created Marquess of Dorset on 29 September 1397.[4] In 1399 upon the accession of Henry IV his marquessates were revoked.[5] The Commons petitioned the King for his restoration but he himself objected stating "the name of marquess is a strange name in this realm".[6] He was succeeded as Earl of Somerset
Somerset
by his son Henry Beaufort (1401–1418), but his early death left the title to his brother John Beaufort (1404–1444). He was created Duke of Somerset and Earl of Kendal on 28 August 1443. He died on 27 May 1444, possibly through suicide. The dukedom and the Earldom of Kendal became extinct.[7] The Earldom of Somerset
Somerset
passed to his brother Edmund Beaufort, Count of Mortain (c.1406–1455). Edmund had been created Earl of Dorset on 18 August 1442 and Marquess of Dorset on 24 June 1443. He was created Duke of Somerset
Somerset
under a new creation on 31 March 1448. However he is usually referred to as the 2nd Duke of Somerset.[8] The second duke was killed at the First Battle of St Albans
First Battle of St Albans
on 22 May 1455 and his titles passed to his son Henry Beaufort (1436–1464) who had been known as the Earl of Dorset since his father's creation as Duke of Somerset. After the defeat at the battle of Towton on 29 March 1461 he fled to Scotland
Scotland
and was attainted on 4 November 1461. All his honours and estates were declared forfeit. His titles were restored to him on 10 March 1463 but he deserted the King and was captured and beheaded after the battle of Hexham on 15 May 1464.[9] He was unmarried but his illegitimate son Charles Somerset
Somerset
became the 1st Earl of Worcester. Henry's titles were forfeited by act of Parliament; but his brother Edmund Beaufort (c.1439–1471) was styled Duke of Somerset
Somerset
by the Lancastrians.[10] After the Battle of Tewkesbury on 4 May 1471 he fled and took refuge in Tewkesbury Abbey. He was beheaded by the Yorkists, and buried in the abbey church. Upon his death the house of Beaufort became extinct in the legitimate line.[3] Royal family creations[edit] In 1499 Henry VII nominated his infant son Edmund to the dukedom of Somerset
Somerset
at his baptism, but the child, just over a year old when he died,[3] was probably never formally created a peer. The illegitimate son of Henry VIII, Henry Fitzroy, (1519–1536), by Bessie Blount, was created Earl of Nottingham, and Duke of Richmond and Somerset
Somerset
on 18 June 1525. He died without heirs on 22 July 1536 so his titles became extinct.[11] Earl of Somerset
Somerset
under James VI and I[edit] Robert Carr (c.1590–1645), born Kerr/Ker, son of Sir Thomas Ker of Ferniehirst, became a favourite of King James VI and I. On 25 March 1611 he was created Viscount Rochester, and subsequently a privy councillor. On the death of Lord Salisbury in 1612 he began to act as the king’s secretary. On the 3 November 1613 he was created Earl of Somerset. He died in July 1645, leaving a daughter, Anne. His titles became extinct.[12] Seymour creation and 17th century claim to revert to Beaufort creations[edit]

Arms of Seymour: Gules, two wings conjoined in lure or

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(c.1500–1552), brother of Henry VIII's third wife Jane Seymour. Henry had him created Viscount Beauchamp of Hache in 1536 and Earl of Hertford
Earl of Hertford
in 1537. He became Lord Protector
Lord Protector
of England at the start of the Minority of his nephew, Edward VI between 1547 and 1549. Edward married twice; he divorced his first wife Catherine Fillol (disowning her and her children) around 1535 and married Anne Stanhope
Anne Stanhope
who bore him nine children. In 1547 with Privy Counsel acquiescence he made himself Duke of Somerset. He bought Berry Pomeroy Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle
from Sir Thomas Pomeroy, in 1547, although he probably never visited it. Less than two years after losing his position as Lord Protector, his titles were forfeited and he was beheaded on 22 January 1552.[13] He was replaced in the minority government of Edward VI by John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, whose pragmatic style contrasted with Seymour's mixture of idealism and arrogance. In 1644 Charles I granted the earldom of Glamorgan to Edward Somerset (1613–1667). He was a descendant of Charles Somerset, the illegitimate son of Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset. In return for obtaining military help from Ireland
Ireland
he promised Edward the title of Duke of Somerset.[14] Under the Commonwealth Edward was banished from England and his estates were seized. At the Restoration his estates were restored, and he claimed the dukedom of Somerset
Somerset
as promised to him by Charles I. However this claim was rejected by the House of Lords
House of Lords
and so was the title of Earl of Glamorgan. This enabled King Charles II to grant the Ducal title to the fourth creation family, the Seymours, who descend from the country's effective Regent, the Lord Protector
Lord Protector
in 1547.

Coat of Arms of the Seymour Dukes of Somerset. Crest: Out of a ducal coronet or a demi-phoenix in flames proper. Supporters: dexter: A unicorn argent armed unguled and crined or gorged with a ducal coronet per pale azure and or and chained of the last; sinister: A bull azure armed unguled ducally gorged and chained or[15]

Edward Seymour (1538–1621) was son and heir of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, from his second marriage. He was created the Earl of Hertford in 1559 under Elizabeth. His grandson William Seymour (1588—1660) secretly married Lady Arabella Stuart
Arabella Stuart
(1575–1615) on 22 June 1610. She was the niece of Lord Darnley, a Stuart, first cousin of James I and bar for James's children next in succession to Scottish and English thrones. Both William and Arabella were imprisoned but managed to escape. William fled to Paris, but Arabella was recaptured. She was imprisoned in the Tower of London
Tower of London
where she died in 1615. William returned to England shortly after her death and inherited his father's titles in 1621. Charles I received his support and made him Marquess of Hertford
Marquess of Hertford
in 1640 and on 13 September 1660, shortly before his death on 24 October, the title of Duke of Somerset was granted to him as its legitimate heir; following its non-existence for 108 years. He outlived his three eldest sons and as the dukedom descends to heirs male of the holder of the 1547 grant it passed to William Seymour (1654–1671) who was the son of the third son mentioned (lived 1626–1654). The 3rd duke died unmarried and the title passed to John Seymour (bef. 1646–1675) the last surviving son of the 2nd Duke, his uncle. On his death without issue on 29 April 1675 only the Marquessate of Hertford became extinct. His distant cousin Francis Seymour, 3rd Baron Seymour of Trowbridge (1658–1678) became 5th Duke of Somerset. Francis was the eldest surviving son of Charles Seymour (1621–1665), whose father Sir Francis Seymour (c. 1590–1664), a younger brother of the 2nd Duke of Somerset, had been created Baron Seymour of Trowbridge in 1641. When the 5th Duke died unmarried in 1678, the title passed to his brother, Charles Seymour (1662–1748), youngest son of the 2nd Baron Trowbridge. The 6th Duke, was known as "the Proud Duke",[16] was a favourite of Queen Anne. He first married Lady Elizabeth Percy,[16] daughter of Joceline Percy, 11th Earl of Northumberland
Joceline Percy, 11th Earl of Northumberland
(1644–1670). She died in 1722 and in 1725 he married Lady Charlotte Finch (1711–1773), daughter of Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham. The 6th duke died 2 December 1748, at Petworth House, Sussex[16] at age 86 leaving the title to his son from his first marriage Algernon Seymour (1684–1750).

Later subsidiary titles

Algernon had been created Baron Percy
Baron Percy
in 1722. After succeeding his father as 7th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
he was created Earl of Northumberland in 1749, the Earldom of Northumberland having become extinct with the death of his maternal grandfather in 1670. The remainder of the earldom was to pass to Sir Hugh Smithson, husband of Algernon's daughter Elizabeth Seymour (bef. 1730–1776), whilst the titles Baron Cockermouth and Earl of Egremont
Earl of Egremont
were remaindered to the children of his sister, Lady Catherine Seymour (1693–1731). Without male issue, on his death in February 1750 these titles therefore passed to different families in accordance with the remainders in the patents of their creation. The earldom of Hertford, the barony of Beauchamp, and the barony of Seymour of Trowbridge became extinct; and the dukedom of Somerset, together with the barony of Seymour, devolved on his distant cousin.[17]

Later descent

Sir Edward Seymour, 6th baronet of Berry Pomeroy (1694–1757)[18] became the 8th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
in 1750. The 1st baronet was (Sir) Edward Seymour (1556–1613), son of Edward Seymour (1527/1535–1593) who was the 1st Duke's eldest son and of Catherine Seymour (née Fillol). He was seventh generation offspring of the 1st Duke. The 4th Baronet had been speaker of the House of Commons during the reign of Charles II and he moved the family home from Berry Pomeroy Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle
in Devon
Devon
to Bradley House in Maiden Bradley.[19] Upon this Duke's death he was succeeded by his eldest son Edward Seymour (1717–1792). He died unmarried and was succeeded by his brother Webb Seymour (1718–1793) who became the 10th Duke. His son Edward Adolphus Seymour (1775–1855) was a noted mathematician and became the 11th Duke upon his father's death. He changed the family name to St. Maur but Seymour was still very often used. 12th Duke and sons, the Earls St. Maur[edit]

Edward Seymour

The 11th Duke was succeeded by his eldest son Edward Adolphus Seymour (1804–1885) who was created Earl St. Maur, of Berry Pomeroy in 1863. His eldest son who predeceased him Edward A. F. Seymour (1835–1869) was known as Lord Seymour until 1863 as a courtesy title he adopted Earl St. Maur. Commonly known as Ferdy, he was an adventurer who joined Garibaldi's army under the assumed name of Capt. Richard Sarsfield. In 1866 he began a relationship with a 17-year-old maid called Rosina Swan. The Earl took Rosina with him during his travels, returning to England with her in 1868 to live near Brighton. Ferdy and Rosina had two children; a girl named Ruth (1867–1953) was born whilst the couple were in Tangier
Tangier
and a boy named Richard 'Harold' St. Maur (1869–1927) was born in Brighton
Brighton
shortly before the death of his father. Had the Earl married Rosina, Harold would have been the heir to his grandfather's dukedom and for this reason Harold tried to find proof that the couple had married whilst they were living in the Netherlands, offering reward of £50 (equal to about £5,000 today)[20] for evidence to support the claim, but was unsuccessful. 13th–19th Dukes[edit] The 12th Duke died on 28 December 1885 aged 81 outliving both of his sons with no legitimate male heirs and the title passed to his aged unmarried brother Archibald Henry Algernon Seymour (1810–1891), when he died a few years later, the youngest brother Algernon Percy Banks St. Maur (1813–1894) became the 14th Duke. Three and a half years later he was dead. His son Algernon Seymour (1846–1923) became the 15th Duke. He died without children and the title passed to his distant cousin Edward Hamilton Seymour (1860–1931), great-great-grandson of Lord Francis Seymour, Dean of Wells (1726–1799), youngest son of the 8th Duke. He was succeeded by his son Evelyn Francis Seymour (1882–1954) who passed the title on to his son Percy Hamilton Seymour (1910–1984). The title is currently held by his son John Michael Edward Seymour who was born in 1952. The current heir to the title is Sebastian Seymour, Lord Seymour who was born in 1982. Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Duke of Somerset

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Coronet That of a Duke Crest Out of a Coronet
Coronet
Or a Phoenix of the Last issuing from Flames Proper Escutcheon Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Or on a Pile Gules between six Fleurs-de-Lis Azure three Lions of England (being the Augmentation of Honour granted by King Henry VIII on his marriage with Jane Seymour); 2nd and 3rd, Gules two Wings joined in lure the tips downwards Or (Seymour) Supporters Dexter: an Unicorn Argent armed maned and tufted Or gorged with a Coronet
Coronet
per pale Azure and Or to which is affixed a Chain of the Last; Sinister: a Bull Azure gorged with a Coronet
Coronet
chained hoofed and armed Or Motto FOY POUR DEVOIR Medieval French for: FAITH FOR DUTY

Earls of Somerset, first Creation (1141)[edit]

William de Mohun of Dunster, 1st Earl of Somerset
Somerset
(d. c.1155) whose descendants have never claimed the title

Earls of Somerset, second Creation (1397)[edit]

John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset
Somerset
(1371/1373–1410), eldest legitimated son of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster

Marquesses of Somerset
Somerset
(1397)[edit]

John Beaufort, 1st Marquess of Somerset, 1st Marquess of Dorset (1371/1373–1410) was created Marquess later the same year for his role as a counter-appellant

Earls of Somerset, second Creation (1397; reverted)[edit]

John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset
Somerset
(1371/1373–1410) lost his marquessates when Henry IV acceded in 1399 Henry Beaufort, 2nd Earl of Somerset
Somerset
(1401–1418), eldest son of the 1st Earl John Beaufort, 3rd Earl of Somerset
Somerset
(1404–1444), second son of the 1st Earl.

Created Duke of Somerset
Somerset
in 1443 Dukes of Somerset, first Creation (1443)[edit]

John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset
John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset
(1404–1444), died without issue, when his dukedom became extinct

Earls of Somerset, second Creation (1397; reverted)[edit]

Edmund Beaufort, 4th Earl of Somerset, third son of the 1st Earl, raised to a dukedom in 1448

Dukes of Somerset, second Creation (1448)[edit]

Occasionally numbered 1st – 3rd to exclude the brother of the first, Edmund, whose title was technically extinct

Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(c. 1406–1455), became Duke of Somerset
Somerset
in 1448 Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1436–1464), eldest son of Edmund, whose titles were forfeit from 1461 to 1463 Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(c. 1439–1471), second son of Edmund, may or may not be considered Duke, but was so styled by Lancastrians (see article for details)

Duke of Somerset, third Creation (1499)[edit]

Edmund Tudor, 1st Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1499–1500), third son of Henry VII, died in infancy

Duke of Richmond
Duke of Richmond
and Somerset
Somerset
(1525)[edit]

Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Richmond
Duke of Richmond
and Somerset
Somerset
(1519–1536), illegitimate son of Henry VIII, died without issue

Dukes of Somerset, fourth Creation (1547)[edit]

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(c. 1500–1552), uncle to and Lord Protector
Lord Protector
of Edward VI, was deposed and executed and his titles forfeit in 1552.

for the intervening generations, see Viscount Beauchamp and the Earls and Marquesses of Hertford

Earls of Somerset, third Creation (1613)[edit]

Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset
Somerset
(c.1590–1645), a favourite of James VI & I, died without issue

Dukes of Somerset, fourth Creation (1547; restored 1660)[edit]

William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1588–1660), great-grandson of the 1st Duke through the 1st Duke's third son, Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford, and a Cavalier, was rewarded with restoration to the dukedom upon The Restoration

William Seymour, Lord Beauchamp (1621–1642), eldest son of the 2nd Duke, predeceased his father unmarried Robert Seymour, Lord Beauchamp (1622–1646), second son of the 2nd Duke, predeceased his father unmarried Henry Seymour, Lord Beauchamp (1626–1654), third son of the 2nd Duke, predeceased his father

William Seymour, 3rd Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1650–1671), only son of Henry Seymour, Lord Beauchamp, died without issue John Seymour, 4th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(bef. 1646–1675), fourth and youngest son of the 2nd Duke, died without issue Francis Seymour, 5th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1658–1678), great-grandson of Edward Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp
Edward Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp
through the Lords Seymour of Trowbridge; himself eldest son of the 1st Duke's fourth son; Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford; died without issue Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1662–1748), "The Proud Duke", younger brother of the 5th Duke Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1684–1750), eldest son of the 6th Duke

George Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp (1725–1744), only son of the 7th Duke, predeceased his father without issue

Edward Seymour, 8th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1695–1757), great-great-great-grandson of Sir Edward Seymour, 1st Baronet
Sir Edward Seymour, 1st Baronet
of the Seymour Baronets
Seymour Baronets
of Berry Pomeroy; himself only son of the 1st Duke’s second son having male issue; Sir Edward Seymour, of Berry Pomeroy Edward Seymour, 9th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1717–1792), eldest son of the 8th Duke Webb Seymour, 10th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1718–1793), second son of the 8th Duke Edward Adolphus St Maur, 11th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1775–1855), only son of the 10th Duke Edward Adolphus St Maur, 12th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1804–1885), eldest son of the 11th Duke

Edward Adolphus Ferdinand St Maur, Earl St Maur (1835–1869), eldest son of the 12th Duke, predeceased his father without legitimate issue

Archibald Henry Algernon St Maur, 13th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1810–1891), second son of the 11th Duke, died without issue Algernon Percy Banks St Maur, 14th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1813–1894), third and youngest son of the 11th Duke Algernon St Maur, 15th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1846–1923), eldest son of the 14th Duke, died without issue Edward Hamilton Seymour, 16th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1860–1931), great-great-grandson of the Very Reverend Lord Francis Seymour, fourth and youngest son of the 8th Duke Evelyn Francis Edward Seymour, 17th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1882–1954), only son of the 16th Duke

Francis William Seymour (1906–1907), eldest son of the 17th Duke, died in infancy Algernon Francis Edward Seymour (1908–1911), second son of the 17th Duke, died young

Percy Hamilton Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(1910–1984), third and youngest son of the 17th Duke John Michael Edward Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset
Somerset
(b. 1952), eldest son of the 18th Duke

The heir apparent is the present holder's eldest son Sebastian Edward Seymour, Lord Seymour (b. 1982). Earls St Maur (1863 creation)[edit]

Edward Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset, 1st Earl St Maur (1804–1885) was created Earl St Maur (pronounced "Seemer") in the peerage of the United Kingdom when already Duke of Somerset, in order to provide a more senior courtesy title for his heir.

Ferdinand Seymour, Earl St Maur (1835–1869), the eldest son of the 12th Duke, in the event was the only man called "Earl St Maur," as he and his younger brother both died unmarried. In 1885, when the Dukedom reverted to his uncle, the earldom became extinct.

Family Tree[edit]

Beaufort, Tudor & Seymour Family Tree: Dukes of Somerset

 

 

 

King Edward III (1312–r.1327–1377)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence (1338–1368)

 

John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (1340–1399)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARL OF SOMERSET, 1397 MARQUESS OF SOMERSET, 1397 (Marquessate revoked, 1399)

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset (1373–1410)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUKE OF SOMERSET, 1443

 

 

 

DUKE OF SOMERSET, 1448

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Beaufort, 2nd Earl of Somerset (1401–1418)

 

John Beaufort, 3rd Earl & 1st Duke of Somerset (1404–1444)

 

 

 

Edmund Beaufort, 4th Earl & 2nd Duke of Somerset (1406–1455)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443–1509) m.(2) 1st Earl of Richmond

 

Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset (1436–1464)

 

Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset (c.1439–1471)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dukes of Beaufort

 

Margery Wentworth (c.1478–1550) m. Sir John Seymour

 

 

 

 

 

King Henry VII (1457–r.1485–1509)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARL OF HERTFORD, 1537 DUKE OF SOMERSET, 1547

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUKE OF SOMERSET, 1499

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (c.1500–1552) Executed, titles forfeited

 

Queen Jane Seymour (c.1508–1537)

 

 

King Henry VIII (1491–r.1509–1547)

 

Princess Mary (Queen of France) (1496–1533) m.(2) 1st Duke of Suffolk

 

Prince Edmund, 1st Duke of Somerset (1499–1500)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUKE OF RICHMOND & SOMERSET, 1525

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Edward VI (1537–r.1547–1553)

 

Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset (1519–1536)

 

Lady Frances Brandon (1517–1559) m. 1st Duke of Suffolk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARL OF HERTFORD, 1559

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Edward Seymour (c.1528–1593)

 

 

 

Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford (1539–1621)

 

 

 

 

Lady Catherine Grey (1540–1568)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Edward Seymour, 1st Bt. (c.1563–1613)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp (1561–1612)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARQUESS OF HERTFORD, 1641 DUKE OF SOMERSET, 1547 (Dukedom restored, 1660)

 

 

 

 

 

BARON SEYMOUR of TROWBRIDGE, 1641

Sir Edward Seymour, 2nd Bt. (c.1580–1659)

 

 

 

William Seymour, 2nd Earl & 1st Marq. of Hertford, 2nd Duke of Somerset (1588–1660)

 

 

 

 

 

Francis, 1st Lord Seymour of Trowbridge (c.1590–1664)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Edward Seymour, 3rd Bt. (1610–1688)

 

Henry Seymour, Lord Beauchamp (c.1626–1654)

 

John Seymour, 4th Duke of Somerset (c.1646–1675)

 

 

 

Charles, 2nd Lord Seymour of Trowbridge (c.1621–1665)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Bt. (1633–1708)

 

William Seymour, 3rd Duke of Somerset (1650–1671)

 

 

 

 

 

Francis, 3rd Lord Seymour of Trowbridge, 5th Duke of Somerset (1658–1678)

 

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset (1662–1748)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marquesses of Hertford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND, 1749

Sir Edward Seymour, 5th Bt. (1663–1740)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset, 1st Earl of Northumberland (1684–1750)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dukes of Northumberland

 

 

 

Sir Edward Seymour, 6th Bt., 8th Duke of Somerset (1695–1757)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp (1725–1744)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Seymour, 9th Duke of Somerset (1717–1792)

 

Webb Seymour, 10th Duke of Somerset (1718–1793)

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Francis Seymour (1726–1799)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Adolphus St Maur, 11th Duke of Somerset (1775–1855)

 

 

 

 

 

Francis Compton Seymour (d. 1822)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Adolphus St Maur, 12th Duke of Somerset (1804–1885)

 

Archibald Henry Algernon St Maur, 13th Duke of Somerset (1810–1891)

 

Algernon Percy Banks St Maur, 14th Duke of Somerset (1813–1894)

 

Francis Edward Seymour (1788–1866)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Adolphus Ferdinand St Maur, Earl St Maur (1835–1869)

 

 

 

 

 

Algernon St Maur, 15th Duke of Somerset (1846–1923)

 

Francis Payne Seymour (1815–1870)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Francis Alexander Dallas Seymour (1853–1883)

 

Edward Hamilton Seymour, 16th Duke of Somerset (1860–1931)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evelyn Francis Edward Seymour, 17th Duke of Somerset (1882–1954)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percy Hamilton Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset (1910–1984)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Michael Edward Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset (b. 1952)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sebastian Edward Seymour, Lord Seymour (b. 1982)

See also[edit]

Marquess of Hertford Baron Alcester Seymour Baronets Somerset
Somerset
House, Park Lane

Notes[edit]

^ Debrett's Peerage, 1876, p.437 ^ The grave of Algernon Seymour, 15th Duke of Somerset, 19 July 2013 ^ a b c "Extinct peerage of England". GENUKI. Retrieved 2008-08-09.  ^ " House of Beaufort
House of Beaufort
and Somerset". European Heraldry. Retrieved 27 December 2010.  ^ "John de Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset". Luminarium. Retrieved 27 December 2010.  ^ "Marquess". Debretts. Retrieved 27 December 2010.  ^ "View of the extinct peerage of England : Dukes". GENUKI. Retrieved 27 December 2010.  ^ " House of Beaufort
House of Beaufort
and Somerset". European Heraldry. Retrieved 6 October 2012.  ^ "Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset". Luminarium. Anniina Jokinen. Retrieved 6 October 2012.  ^ Jonathan Hughes, " Somerset
Somerset
, Charles, first earl of Worcester (c.1460–1526)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2004; online edition, January 2007 [accessed 1 Sept 2010] (Subscription required for online version) ^ Murphy, Beverley A. (2001). Bastard Prince: Henry VIII's Lost Son. Sutton. ISBN 0-7509-2684-8.  ^ "Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset
Somerset
(d.1645)". Luminarium. Retrieved 6 October 2012.  ^ A companion and key to the history of England; consisting of copious genealogical details of the British sovereigns, with an appendix, exhibiting a chronological epitome of the successive holders of the several titles of the ... nobility, etc, with their armorial bearings. 1832. p. 496.  ^ Plant, David (25 May 2009). "The Glamorgan Treaty, 1645". British Civil Wars, Commonwealth & Protectorate 1638–60. Retrieved 25 August 2010.  ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.1036 ^ a b c "Charles Seymour 6th Duke of Somerset". W.H. Auden Family Ghosts. Stanford University. Retrieved 2008-08-09.  ^ "Algernon Baron Percy, 7th Duke of Somerset, Earl of Northumberland". Moore, Simpson, Ballard Family Tree – England and Scotland
Scotland
to Australia. Retrieved 27 December 2010.  ^ "The Ducal House of Somerset". Societe des Amis de l' Almanach de Saxe Gotha. Retrieved 6 October 2012.  ^ Report and Transactions of The Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts. Vol 133 (2001), p 11-12. ^ UK Retail Price Index
Retail Price Index
inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 

References[edit]

An Online Gotha – Somerset Somerset, Duke of (E, 1546/7) at Cracroft's Peerage

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Extant dukedoms in the peerages of Britain and Ireland*

Cornwall Norfolk Somerset Richmond Grafton Beaufort St Albans Bedford Devonshire Marlborough Rutland Rothesay Hamilton Buccleuch Lennox Queensberry Argyll Atholl Montrose Roxburghe Brandon Manchester Northumberland Leinster Wellington Sutherland Abercorn Westminster Gordon Fife Gloucester Kent Edinburgh York Cambridge

* Listed by precedence, from highest to lowest Dukedoms in italics are held by members of the Royal Family.

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Dukes of Somerset

House of Beaufort
House of Beaufort
(1443–1471)

John, 1st Duke (1443–1444) Edmund, 2nd Duke (1448–1455) Henry, 3rd Duke (1455–1464) Edmund, 4th Duke (1464–1471)

House of Tudor (1499–1536)

Edmund (1499–1500) Henry, 1st Duke (1525–1536)

House of Seymour (1547–1552, 1660–)

Edward, 1st Duke (1547–1552) William, 2nd Duke (1660) William, 3rd Duke (1660–1671) John, 4th Duke (1671–1675) Francis, 5th Duke (1675–1678) Charles, 6th Duke (1678–1748) Algernon, 7th Duke (1748–1750) Edward, 8th Duke (1750–1757) Edward, 9th Duke (1757–1792) Webb, 10th Duke (1792–1793) Edward, 11th Duke (1793–1855) Edward, 12th Duke (1855–1885) Archibald, 13th Duke (1885–1891) Algernon, 14th Duke (1891–1894) Algernon, 15th Duke (1894–1923) Edward, 16th Duke (1923–1931) Evelyn, 17th Duke (1931–1954) Percy, 18th Duke (1954–1984) John, 1

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