Edward Seymour, 8th Duke of Somerset

Edward Seymour, 8th Duke of Somerset (December 1694 or early 1695 December 1757) was an English peer and landowner.

Edward Seymour, 8th Duke of Somerset
Coat of arms of the Seymour family
Member of the Great Britain Parliament
for Salisbury
In office
Serving with Sir Jacob Bouverie
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Personal details
BornDecember 1694 or early 1695
DiedDecember 1757
Resting placeMaiden Bradley, Wiltshire, England
FatherSir Edward Seymour, 5th Baronet

The son of Sir Edward Seymour, 5th Baronet, of Berry Pomeroy, a descendant of Lord Protector Somerset by his first marriage, to Catherine Fillol, he was baptised at Easton Royal, Wiltshire, on 17 January 1694.[1]

On 8 March 1716 or 5 March 1717, at Monkton Farleigh, Edward Seymour married Mary Webb (born at Seend on 22 October 1697, died 1 February 1768, and buried at Seend), a daughter of Daniel Webb, of Monkton Farleigh, and wife Elizabeth Somner, daughter of John Somner, of Seend. They had at least five children.

In December 1740, his father died and Seymour inherited his manors in Wiltshire and Devon. On 11 September 1744, with the unexpected death of George Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp (1725–1744), the only son of Algernon Seymour, Earl of Hertford, himself son and heir of Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, the likelihood emerged of Seymour succeeding his distant cousin as Duke of Somerset and Baron Seymour, as the future 7th Duke was then aged sixty, and his wife was past child-bearing age. On 23 November 1750 the Duke died, and Seymour duly succeeded to his titles.[2] However, he inherited little of the great wealth enjoyed by his two immediate predecessors, as the 7th Duke had arranged for the principal Percy family estates and houses of Alnwick Castle, Northumberland House, Petworth House, and Syon House to be divided between his daughter Elizabeth and his nephew Charles Wyndham. As a result, the Dukes of Somerset were never again among the greatest landowning families.

Seymour's children were all born long before the dukedom came to him:

The 8th Duke of Somerset died between 12 and 15 December 1757, and was buried at Maiden Bradley on 21 December 1757.



  1. Easton Royal History Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine at pewswan.org.uk
  2. The Complete Peerage vol. XII pI, pp. 82-83.
  3. The Peerage
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Peter Bathurst
Henry Hoare
Member of Parliament for Salisbury
With: Sir Jacob Bouverie
Succeeded by
Hon. William Bouverie
Edward Poore
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Cardigan
Justice in Eyre
north of the Trent

Succeeded by
The Lord Edgcumbe
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Algernon Seymour
Duke of Somerset
Succeeded by
Edward Seymour
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Edward Seymour
(of Berry Pomeroy)
Succeeded by
Edward Seymour
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