Percy Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset

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Percy Hamilton Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset (Crowborough, 27 September 1910 – 15 November 1984), styled Lord Seymour between 1931 and 1954, was a British peer.

Somerset was the son of Evelyn Seymour, 17th Duke of Somerset and Edith Parker. His mother was a daughter of William Parker and Lucinda Steeves, making the 18th Duke of Somerset a Steeves descendant.[1][2]

He was educated at Blundell's School and Clare College, Cambridge and subsequently commissioned into the Wiltshire Regiment. He saw service in India, Persia and Burma.

In London on 18 December 1951, he married Gwendoline Collette Jane Thomas (d. 18 February 2005, aged 91), daughter of Major John Cyril Collette Thomas, of Burn Cottage, Bude, Cornwall, England, and wife, and had three children:

  • John Michael Edward Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset (b. 30 December 1952).
  • Lady Anne Frances Mary Seymour (b. Bath, 11 November 1954), unmarried and without issue.
  • Lord Francis Charles Edward Seymour (b. Bath, 10 August 1956), married on 22 May 1982 Paddy Poynder, daughter of Colonel Anthony John Irvine Tony Poynder (d. 28 November 2004), MC, Corps of Royal Engineers and wife, and has issue:
    • Poppy Hermione Alexandra Seymour (b. 1988).
    • Webb Edward Percy Seymour (b. 1990).
    • Leonora Hermione Jane Seymour (b. 1995).
    • Hermione Anne Tara Seymour (b. 1997).


  1. ^ "Evelyn Seymour, 17th Duke of Somerset". Wikipedia. 
  2. ^ Wright, Esther Clark (1967). Steeves Descendants. 
  • Obituary - The Duke of Somerset, The Times, Saturday, 17 November 1984

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Evelyn Seymour
Duke of Somerset
Succeeded by
John Seymour