Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester

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Charles Somerset
Earl of Worcester
Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester.jpg
Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester holding white staff of Lord Chamberlain of the Household to King Henry VIII
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Herbert, 3rd Baroness Herbert
Elizabeth West
Eleanor Sutton

Issue

Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester
Elizabeth Somerset
Charles Somerset
George Somerset
Mary Somerset, Baroness Grey de Wilton
Noble family House of Beaufort
Father Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset
Mother Joan Hill
Born 1460
Died 15 March 1526
Arms of Sir Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester, KG, showing the arms of Beaufort with baton sinister, with escutcheon of pretence of Herbert, circumscribed by the Garter

Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester, KG (c. 1460 – 15 March 1526) was the legitimised bastard son of Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset by his mistress Joan Hill.

Origins[edit]

He was born in about 1460, an illegitimate son of Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset[1] by his mistress Joan Hill.[2]

Career[edit]

He was invested as a Knight of the Garter in about 1496. On 1 February 1514 he was created Earl of Worcester and was at some time appointed Lord Chamberlain of the Household to King Henry VIII. As Lord Chamberlain, Somerset was largely responsible for the preparations for the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520.

Marriages & progeny[edit]

He married thrice, although his second marriage is uncertain:

Death & burial[edit]

Somerset died on 15 April 1526 and was buried with his first wife at St. George's Chapel.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Burke, John, Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of peerage, baronetage and knightage, (G.P.Putnam's Sons:New York, 1914), 207.
  2. ^ Gurney, E. Henry, Reference handbook for readers, students, and teachers of English history , (Ginn & Company:Boston, 1890), 55.
  3. ^ Burke, 207.
  4. ^ McClain, Molly, Beaufort: the duke and his duchess, 1657-1715, (Yale University Press, 2001), xxi
  5. ^ Jonathan Hughes, "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)
  6. ^ Burke, 207

References[edit]

  • Burke, John, Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of peerage, baronetage and knightage, G.P.Putnam's Sons:New York, 1914.
  • Gurney, E. Henry, Reference handbook for readers, students, and teachers of English history , Ginn & Company:Boston, 1890.
  • McClain, Molly, Beaufort: the duke and his duchess, 1657-1715, Yale University Press, 2001.
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Oxford
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1486–1509
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Guilford
Preceded by
Giles Daubeny
Lord Chamberlain
1508–1526
Succeeded by
The Earl of Arundel
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New Creation
Earl of Worcester
1514–1526
Succeeded by
Henry Somerset