Henry Somerset, 10th Duke of Beaufort
The Duke of Beaufort
KG, GCVO, KStJ, PC
|Master of the Horse|
February 1936 – 1978
|Preceded by||Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard|
|Succeeded by||David Fane, 15th Earl of Westmorland|
|Born||4 April 1900|
|Died||5 February 1984|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Victoria Constance Mary Cambridge|
Background and education
Beaufort left the Army after a few years with the rank of Lieutenant. He was Honorary Colonel of the 21st (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) Armoured Car Company, Territorial Army between 1969 and 1971 and Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry between 1971 and 1984, and the Warwickshire Yeomanry between 1971 and 1972.
Beaufort was Master of the Horse (1936–1978) to three British Sovereigns, King Edward VIII, King George VI, and Elizabeth II. As such he took part in royal functions, such as the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
He was widely known as Master, not because of his office under the Crown, but because of his long service as Master of the Beaufort Hounds. He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1930, a Privy Counsellor in 1936, a Knight of the Garter in 1937 and was awarded the decoration of the Royal Victorian Chain in 1953.
He was Steward of Tewkesbury between 1948 and 1984, Hereditary Keeper of Raglan Castle (an office created by his ancestor William ap Thomas, the Blue Knight of Gwent), Lord Lieutenant of Bristol from 1931 to 1974 and Lord High Steward of Bristol, Tewkesbury and Gloucestershire. He also held the office of Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire between 1931 and 1984 and was Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 1965 to 1970.
Family and succession
Beaufort married the Lady Victoria Constance Mary Cambridge (1897–1987), daughter of Adolphus Cambridge, 1st Marquess of Cambridge and niece of Queen Mary, on 14 June 1923. They had no issue. Beaufort died in 1984, aged 83 at his seat, Badminton House, and was buried at St Michael and All Angels Church, Badminton.
On his death, the baronies of Botetourt and Herbert fell into abeyance between the several descendants of his elder sister, Lady Blanche Linnie Douglas (d. 1968) — between the two daughters of his elder niece Lady Rosemary Rubens (who predeceased him in 1963) who inherited a fourth share each in two baronies, and his surviving niece Lady Cathleen Hudson (who d. 1994) who inherited the junior half share in the baronies. His other titles passed to his distant cousin, David. The abeyance of the Herbert barony was eventually terminated in 2002 in favour of his great-nephew David John Seyfried.
- 'International Horse Show Revival at Olympia' in The Times, issue 46787 dated June 22, 1934, p. 6, col. G
- Royal Collection: Seating plan for the Ball Supper Room http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/royalwedding1947/object.asp?grouping=&exhibs=NONE&object=9000366&row=82&detail=magnify
- Paul Theroff. An Online Gotha - Beaufort. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Duke of Beaufort
The Earl of Granard
|Master of the Horse
The Earl of Westmorland
|Chancellor of the University of Bristol
The Earl Beauchamp
|Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
|Peerage of England|
|Duke of Beaufort
Title next held byDavid Seyfried-Herbert, 2002