The Info List - FitzRoy Somerset, 4th Baron Raglan

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Fitzroy Richard Somerset, 4th Baron Raglan
Baron Raglan
(10 June 1885 – 14 September 1964) was a British soldier, author, and amateur anthropologist. His books include The Hero, A Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama
and Monmouthshire
Houses, with Sir Cyril Fox.


1 Life 2 Literary works 3 Ancestry 4 Bibliography 5 References 6 External links

Life[edit] FitzRoy Richard Somerset, heir to the peerage title Baron Raglan, was born on 10 June 1885 to George Fitzroy Henry Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan and his wife Lady Ethel Jemima Ponsonby.[1] He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and received a commission as Second lieutenant in the Militia regiment the Royal Monmouthshire
Royal Engineers on 10 June 1902.[2] In 1905 he entered the British Army and was commissioned in the Grenadier Guards. His military career included working as an aide-de-camp to the governor of Hong Kong, service in the Egyptian army from 1913 to 1919, district commissioner in Sudan
and as a political officer in Palestine and Transjordan. In recognition of his services in Egypt he was made an Officer of the Order of the Nile.[3] He retired from the military in 1922 with the rank of major.[4] With the death of his father in 1921, he assumed the title 4th Baron Raglan and, after retiring from the army, returned to his ancestral home, Cefntilla Court
Cefntilla Court
near Usk
in Monmouthshire. He was very active in local affairs. He was a Justice of the Peace for the county as early as 1909 and served for twenty-one years (1928–49) as a member of the former Monmouthshire
county council. He took a great interest in the Boy Scout movement and was county commissioner for Monmouthshire
for 27 years (1927–54). He served as Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire from 1942 until 1964.[1] During his life he studied and wrote on topics in areas such as anthropology, political science, and architecture. His interest in the antiquities of Monmouthshire
led him to write, with Sir Cyril Fox, three volumes on the county's medieval and later domestic architecture, Monmouthshire
Houses. In 1933 he became president of Section H (Anthropology) of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and from 1945 to 1947 he served as president of the Folklore Society. He was chairman of the art and archaeology committee of the National Museum of Wales
National Museum of Wales
(1949–51) and president of the National Museum of Wales
National Museum of Wales
from 1957 to 1962. He was also president of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Royal Anthropological Institute
from 1955 to 1957.[3] On 9 April 1923 Raglan married Julia Hamilton (7 January 1901 – 17 April 1971), daughter of Lt.-Col. Robert Hamilton-Udny, 11th Lord Belhaven and Stenton by his marriage to Kathleen Gonville Bromhead. The Lord and Lady Raglan had five children, the first of whom died a few days after birth. Julia, Lady Raglan also contributed to the study of folklore. In an article in the journal Folklore in 1939, she coined the term "Green Man" to describe the foliate heads found in English churches. Her theory on their origin is still debated.[5] Lord Raglan was also the source of various controversies over the course of his life. In 1938 he declared his wish to give up his job at the Ministry of Information on the grounds that he was not doing enough work to justify his salary. In 1958 he agitated Welsh nationalist feelings by declaring Welsh a ‘moribund’ language. Demands were made for his resignation from the National Museum of Wales, but he stood fast. (The motto of the Raglan barony is Mutare vel timere sperno: ‘I scorn to change or to fear’).[1][6] Lord Raglan died on 14 September 1964[7] at age 79 and was buried in the family plot in the Church of St John, Llandenny. Literary works[edit] Lord Raglan was not only an active member of many societies and interested in administrative duties in national institutions but also published a number of books and papers on archaeology and anthropology. His first book, Jocasta's Crime – An Anthropological Study, a study of incest and incest taboos, was published in 1933. He followed with The Science of Peace, a work on the origin, development, and prevention of war. Lord Raglan's work, The Hero, a Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama
was published in 1936. The book's central thesis is that hero figures of mythology had their origin in ritual drama, not historical fact. In the book's most influential chapter, he outlined 22 common traits of god-heroes which he called the "mythic hero archetype". Raglan then encapsulates the lives of several heroes and awards points (marks) for thematic elements for a possible score of 22. He dissects Oedipus, Theseus, Romulus, Heracles, Perseus, Jason, Bellerophon, Pelops, Asclepios, Dionysos, Apollo, Zeus, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Watu Gunung, Nyikang, Sigurd
or Siegfried, Llew Llawgyffes, Arthur, and Robin Hood. Oedipus
earns the highest score with 21 marks. Significantly, Raglan excludes Jesus
from the study, even though Jesus matched a number of the identified traits.[8] Raglan later claimed to omit Jesus
to avoid conflict with his original publisher. Ancestry[edit]

Ancestors of FitzRoy Somerset, 4th Baron Raglan

16. Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort

8. FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan

17. Elizabeth Boscawen

4. Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan

18. William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington

9. Lady Emily Wellesley-Pole

19. Katherine Forbes

2. George Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan

20. William Lygon, 1st Earl Beauchamp

10. Henry Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp

21. Catherine Denn

5. Lady Georgina Lygon

22. William Eliot, 2nd Earl of St Germans

11. Lady Susan Eliot

23. Lady Georgiana Leveson-Gower

1. FitzRoy Somerset, 4th Baron Raglan

24. Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough

12. John Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough

25. Lady Henrietta Spencer

6. Walter Ponsonby, 7th Earl of Bessborough

26. John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland

13. Lady Maria Fane

27. Sarah Child

3. Lady Ethel Ponsonby

28. William Eliot, 2nd Earl of St Germans
William Eliot, 2nd Earl of St Germans
(= 22.)

14. Edward Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans

29. Lady Georgiana Leveson-Gower (= 23.)

7. Lady Louisa Eliot

30. Charles Cornwallis, 2nd Marquess Cornwallis

15. Lady Jemima Cornwallis

31. Lady Louisa Gordon


Jocasta's Crime: An Anthropological Study, Methuen (London), 1933, Fertig (New York, NY), 1991 The Science of Peace, Methuen, 1933, reprinted by Pierides Press, 2007 ISBN 978-1406789171 If I Were Dictator, Methuen, 1934 (contributor) The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama, Methuen, 1936, reprinted by Dover Publications, 2011 ISBN 978-0486427089 How Came Civilisation?, Methuen, 1939 Death and Rebirth, C. A. Watts, 1945 The Origins of Religion, C. A. Watts, 1949 (With Cyril Fox) Monmouthshire
Houses, Parts I-III, National Museum of Wales, 1951–54 ISBN 978-0720003987 The Temple and the House, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1964, Norton (New York, NY), 1965


^ a b c Miller, Dean A. (2004). FitzRoy Richard, fourth Baron Raglan (1885–1964) (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 27 January 2016.  ^ "No. 27441". The London Gazette. 10 June 1902. p. 3755.  ^ a b "Dictionary of Welsh Biography". The National Library of Wales. Retrieved 30 January 2016.  ^ Somerset, Fitzroy. The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama. Dover Publications. p. "About the Author". ISBN 978-0486427089.  ^ ": Theories and Interpretations". The Enigma of the Green Man. Retrieved 24 August 2016.  ^ "Raglan Family Crest, Coat of Arms, and Family History". House of Names. Retrieved 31 January 2016.  ^ "Lord Raglan, Soldier, Author, Anthropologist". The Glasgow Herald (182nd year – No. 200). 15 September 1964. Retrieved 27 January 2016.  ^ "Life events shared by Yeshua (Jesus) and the "Mythic Hero Archetype"". ReligiousTolerance.org. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

Lord Raglan's Scale The 22 points are applied to other heroes such as Beowulf
and Harry Potter. FitzRoy Somerset on National Library of Wales Dictionary of Welsh Biography Pedigree at Genealogics

Honorary titles

Preceded by Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, Bt Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire 1942–1964 Succeeded by Edward Roderick Hill

Peerage of the United Kingdom

Preceded by George Fitzroy Henry Somerset Baron Raglan 1921–1964 Succeeded by FitzRoy Somerset

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 98137363 LCCN: n85202829 ISNI: 0000 0001 2144 8144 GND: 1055158154 SUDOC: 032702493 BNF: cb12368191j (data) BIBSYS: 90404508 NDL: 00453