John Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset

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John Michael Edward Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset DL FRICS (born Bath, 30 December 1952), styled Lord Seymour between 1954 and 1984, is the present holder of the Dukedom of Somerset and a major landowner in Wiltshire and Devon.

Somerset is the son of Percy Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset, and Jane Thomas. He was educated at Hawtreys and Eton and inherited the dukedom in 1984, on the death of his father.[1] He stood for election on 10 May 2011 for a seat as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords but came second to Lord Lytton.

He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire in 1993 and for Devon in 2003.[1]

The current seat of the Dukes of Somerset is Bradley House in Maiden Bradley in Wiltshire.

Family[edit]

At All Saints' Church, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, on 20 May 1978, the duke married Judith-Rose Hull, daughter of John Folliett Hull. They have four children:

  • Sebastian Seymour, Lord Seymour (b. Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, 3 February 1982), m. Lagrasse, France, 27 August 2006 Arlette Marie Leontine Lafayeedney
  • Lady Sophia Rose Seymour (b. 1987)
  • Lady Henrietta Charlotte Seymour (b. 1989)
  • Lord Charles Thomas George Seymour (b. 1992)

Ancestry[edit]

Arms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ‘SOMERSET, 19th Duke of’, in Who's Who 2012 (A. & C. Black, 2012); online edition (subscription required) by Oxford University Press, December 2011, accessed 8 December 2011

External links[edit]

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Percy Seymour
Duke of Somerset
1984 – present
Incumbent
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Norfolk
Gentlemen
His Grace The Duke of Somerset
Succeeded by
The Duke of Richmond