Charles Somerset, Marquess of Worcester

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Charles Somerset
Marquess of Worcester
Spouse(s) Rebecca Child

Issue

Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort
Lady Henrietta Somerset
Father Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort
Mother Mary Capell
Born (1660-12-25)25 December 1660
Died 13 July 1698(1698-07-13) (aged 37)

Charles Somerset, Marquess of Worcester (25 December 1660 – 13 July 1698) was the eldest son of a peer in the peerage of England and an MP.

Private Life[edit]

He was the eldest son of Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort and Mary Capell, styled Lord Herbert of Raglan from 1667 until 1682 and Marquess of Worcester thereafter. He attended Christ Church, Oxford University, matriculated in 1677 and was awarded MA in 1682. On 6 June 1682, he married Rebecca Child, who was the daughter of Sir Josiah Child of Wanstead, 1st Baronet and aunt of Richard Child, 1st Earl Tylney. They had at least two children:

  1. Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort, his heir and his father's successor; and
  2. Lady Henrietta Somerset, who was born on 27 August 1690, died on 9 August 1726 and was married to Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton on 30 April 1713, with whom she had four sons and three daughters.

After his death in a coach accident in 1698 he was buried in Raglan. Because Charles predeceased his father, on the duke's death the dukedom passed to Charles's son Henry.

Career[edit]

he was elected the youngest ever (aged 13) Fellow of the Royal Society in June 1673.[1]

He was Commissioner for Assessment for Brecon from 1677 to 1679) and for Gloucestershire, Middlesex, Monmouth and Brecon from 1689 to 1690. In 1681 he travelled to the Netherlands.

He was appointed Colonel of Militia for Bristol (1682–1685) and was a Member of the Council in the Marches of Wales (1682–1689). He was appointed Custos Rotulorum of Radnorshire (1682–1689), Deputy Lieutenant of Monmouthshire (1683–1687), Wiltshire (1683–1688) and Gloucestershire (1685–1687).

He was a Member of the Committee of the Honourable East India Company (1683–1691). He was Colonel of a regiment of foot (1685–1687) and MP for Monmouthshire (1685–1687 and 1689–1695)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Library and Archive". Royal Society. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir George Probert
Member of Parliament for Monmouth
1677–1679
Succeeded by
Sir Trevor Williams, Bt
Preceded by
William Morgan
Sir Trevor Williams, Bt
Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire
with William Morgan

1679
Succeeded by
William Morgan
Sir Trevor Williams, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Trevor Williams, Bt
Member of Parliament for Monmouth
1679–1680
Succeeded by
John Arnold
Preceded by
Evan Seys
Sir Charles Berkeley
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
1681–1685
With: Sir Charles Berkeley
Succeeded by
John Wagstaffe
John Powell
Preceded by
John Arnold
Member of Parliament for Monmouth
1685
Succeeded by
Sir James Herbert
Preceded by
Sir John Guise, Bt
Sir Ralph Dutton, Bt
Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire
1685–1689
With: Sir Robert Atkyns
Succeeded by
Sir John Guise, Bt
Sir Ralph Dutton, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Trevor Williams, Bt
Sir Edward Morgan, Bt
Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire
1685–1695
With: Sir Charles Kemeys, Bt 1685–89
Sir Trevor Williams, Bt 1689–90
Thomas Morgan 1690–95
Succeeded by
Thomas Morgan
Sir Charles Kemeys, Bt
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Edward Harley
Custos Rotulorum of Radnorshire
1685–1689
Succeeded by
Sir Rowland Gwynne