John Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset

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John Michael Edward Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset FRICS DL (born Bath, 30 December 1952), styled Lord Seymour between 1954 and 1984, is the present holder of the Dukedom of Somerset and a landowner in Wiltshire and Devon. The seat of the Duke of Somerset is Bradley House at Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield, Wiltshire, although the title refers to the county of Somerset.

Somerset is the son of Percy Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset, and Jane Thomas. His paternal grandmother, Edith Mary Parker, was a daughter of William Parker and Lucinda Steeves, making the 19th Duke of Somerset a Steeves descendant.

He was educated at Hawtreys and Eton College and inherited the dukedom in 1984, on the death of his father.[1] Having lost his seat in the House of Lords under the House of Lords Act 1999 he returned as an elected hereditary peer at a by election in December 2014.[2] He sits as a Crossbencher.

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


At All Saints' Church, Maiden Bradley, 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)
  • Lady Sophia Rose Seymour (b. 1987)
  • Lady Henrietta Charlotte Seymour (b. 1989)
  • Lord Charles Thomas George Seymour (b. 1992)



Arms of John Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset
A Coronet of a Duke
Out of a Coronet Or a Phoenix of the last issuing from flames proper
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Or on a Pile Gules between six Fleurs-de-lis Azure three Lions of England (being the Coat of Augmentation granted by King Henry VIII on his marriage with Jane Seymour); 2nd and 3rd, Gules two Wings joined in lure the tips downwards Or (Seymour)
Dexter: an Unicorn Argent armed maned and tufted Or gorged with a Coronet per pale Azure and Or to which is affixed a Chain of the last; Sinister: a Bull Azure gorged with a coronet chained hoofed and armed Or


  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
  2. ^ "Crossbench Hereditary Peers' By-Election, December 2014". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 

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