Francis Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford
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The Marquess of Hertford
|"The Lord Chamberlain". The Marquess of Hertford as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, April 1877.|
|Lord Chamberlain of the Household|
21 February 1874 – 7 May 1879
|Prime Minister||Benjamin Disraeli|
|Preceded by||The Viscount Sydney|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe|
|Born||11 February 1812|
|Died||25 January 1884|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Emily Murray|
Francis George Hugh Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford GCB PC (11 February 1812 – 25 January 1884), known as Francis Seymour until 1870, was a British courtier and Conservative politician. He served as Lord Chamberlain of the Household under Benjamin Disraeli from 1874 to 1879.
Background and education
Seymour was the eldest son of Admiral Sir George Seymour by his wife Georgiana Mary Berkeley, daughter of Admiral the Honourable Sir George Berkeley. He was the grandson of Lord Hugh Seymour and a great-grandson of Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford, and the elder brother of Henry Seymour and Lady Laura Seymour. He was educated at Harrow.
Lord Hertford was Groom of the Robes between 1833 and 1870. In 1870, his distant cousin Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford died unmarried and without issue, and Seymour succeeded as 5th Marquess. In 1874 he was sworn of the Privy Council and made Lord Chamberlain of the Household under Benjamin Disraeli, a post he held until 1879.
Lord Hertford married Lady Emily Murray, daughter of David Murray, 3rd Earl of Mansfield, and Frederica Markham on 9 May 1839. They had ten children:
- Frederica Georgina Seymour (c. 1841–1848), died young.
- Lady Horatia Elizabeth Seymour (1842–1922), married Sir Henry David Erskine and had issue.
- Hugh de Grey Seymour, 6th Marquess of Hertford (1843–1912)
- Lady Florence Catherine Seymour (1845–1921), married Rev. James Blunt.
- Lord Albert Charles Seymour (1847–1891), married Sarah Napier and had issue.
- Georgina Emily Lucy Seymour (1848–1944), married Henry Stirling-Home-Drummond, maternal grandson of Charles Douglas, 6th Marquess of Queensberry.
- Lord Ernest James Seymour (1850–1930), married Lady Georgiana Fortescue, daughter of Hugh Fortescue, 3rd Earl Fortescue and had issue.
- Lady Constance Adelaide Seymour (1852–1915), married Frederick St John Newdigate Barne and had issue including Michael Barne
- Lady Mary Margaret Seymour (1855–1948), married Sir George Dashwood, 6th Baronet and had issue.
- Reverend Lord Victor Alexander Seymour (1859–1935), married Elizabeth Cator and had issue.
Lord Hertford died in January 1884, aged 71, and was succeeded in the marquessate by his eldest son, Hugh.
- The London Gazette: . 3 March 1874.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Marquess of Hertford
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