Edward Seymour, 8th Duke of Somerset

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Edward Seymour, 8th Duke of Somerset (December 1694 or early 1695 – Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, 12/15 December 1757, bur. 21 December 1757) was a British nobleman.

The son of Sir Edward Seymour, 5th Baronet, a descendant of Lord Protector Somerset by his first marriage, he was baptized at Easton Royal,[1] Wiltshire on 17 January 1694, and succeeded his distant cousin, Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset, as 8th Duke of Somerset and Baron Seymour on 23 November 1750.[2] The 8th Duke only inherited a fragment of the immense Percy family wealth enjoyed by his two immediate predecessors, and the Dukes of Somerset were never again among the richest landowning families in Britain. The principal Percy estates and houses of Alnwick Castle, Northumberland House, Petworth House and Syon House were divided between the 7th Duke's daughter and nephew.

In Monkton Farleigh on 8 March 1716 or 5 March 1717, he married Mary Webb (Seend, Wiltshire, 22 October 1697 – 1 February 1768, bur. Seend, Wiltshire, 8 February 1768), daughter of Daniel Webb, of Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire, and wife Elizabeth Somner, sister of Edward Somner, of Seend, Wiltshire, and daughter of John Somner and wife, and had five children:



  1. http://www.pewswan.org.uk/eastonroyalhistory.pdf
  2. The Complete Peerage vol.XIIpI, p.82-83.
  3. The Peerage

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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