Francis Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford

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The Most Honourable

The Marquess of Hertford

Marquess of Hertford Vanity Fair 7 April 1877.JPG
"The Lord Chamberlain". The Marquess of Hertford as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, April 1877.
Lord Chamberlain of the Household
In office
21 February 1874 – 7 May 1879
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded by The Viscount Sydney
Succeeded by The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
Personal details
Born 11 February 1812
Died 25 January 1884
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
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[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

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[1] 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:

Lord Hertford died in January 1884, aged 71, and was succeeded in the marquessate by his eldest son, Hugh.


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Court offices
Preceded by
Lord Adolphus FitzClarence
Groom of the Robes
Succeeded by
Henry David Erskine
Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Sydney
Lord Chamberlain
Succeeded by
The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Seymour-Conway
Marquess of Hertford
Succeeded by
Hugh Seymour