George Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Raglan
|Under-Secretary of State for War|
13 November 1900 – 8 August 1902
|Prime Minister||The Marquess of Salisbury|
|Preceded by||George Wyndham|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Hardwicke|
|Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man|
|Preceded by||The Lord Henniker|
|Succeeded by||Sir William Fry|
|Born||18 September 1857|
|Died||24 October 1921|
|Spouse(s)||Ethel Jemima Ponsonby|
|Years of service||1870-c.1880|
|Battles/wars||Second Anglo-Afghan War|
George FitzRoy Henry Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan GBE, CB (18 September 1857 – 24 October 1921), styled The Honourable George Somerset until 1884, was a British soldier and Conservative politician. He served as Under-Secretary of State for War from 1900 to 1902 and was Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man from 1902 to 1919.
Background and education
A member of the Somerset family headed by the Duke of Beaufort, Somerset was the son of Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan, by his first wife Lady Georgina Lygon, third daughter of Henry Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp. He was a godchild of George V of Hanover, Somerset became a Page of Honour to Queen Victoria in 1868, which he remained until 1874. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
Military and political career
In 1870 Somerset joined the Grenadier Guards. He fought in the Second Anglo-Afghan War, reaching the rank of Captain. He served as Under-Secretary of State for War un the Unionist Government headed by Lord Salisbury from 1900 to 1902 and was Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man from 1902 to 1919. During his term as Lieutenant Governor he became the Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons in the Isle of Man from 1912 to 1919 and had a Lodge named in his honour.
Lord Raglan married Lady Ethel Jemima Ponsonby, daughter of Walter Ponsonby, 7th Earl of Bessborough, on 28 February 1883. They had six children. He died in October 1921, aged 64, and was succeeded in the barony by his son, Fitzroy.
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|Page of Honour
Count Edward Gleichen
|Under-Secretary of State for War
The Earl of Hardwicke
The Lord Henniker
|Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
Sir William Fry
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|