Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester
|Earl of Worcester|
|Died||15 March 1526 (aged 65–66)|
|Father||Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset|
Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester, KG (c. 1460 – 15 March 1526) was an English nobleman and politician. He was the legitimised bastard son of Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset by his mistress Joan Hill.
He was invested as a Knight of the Garter in about 1496. On his marriage in 1492 he was styled Baron Herbert in right of his wife, and in 1506 he was created Baron Herbert of Ragland, Chepstow and Gower. On 1 February 1514, he was created Earl of Worcester and was at some time appointed Lord Chamberlain of the Household to King Henry VIII. As Lord Chamberlain, Somerset was largely responsible for the preparations for the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520.
Marriages and children
He married three times, although his second marriage is uncertain:
- Firstly on 2 June 1492, to Elizabeth Herbert, 3rd Baroness Herbert (died before March 1513), daughter of William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, 2nd Baron Herbert, in right of whom he was created Lord Herbert. By Elizabeth Herbert he had the following children:
- Secondly to Elizabeth West, daughter of Sir Thomas West, 8th Baron De La Warr. His supposed marriage to Elizabeth West, however, may be an error made by Dugdale, repeated by later writers. By Elizabeth West he supposedly had the following children:
- Thirdly to Eleanor Sutton, daughter of Edward Sutton, 2nd Lord Dudley.
Death and burial
Somerset died on 15 March 1526 and was buried with his first wife at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Coat of Arms
|Somerset family tree: Earls & Marquesses of Worcester, Dukes of Beaufort|
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- Burke, John, Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of peerage, baronetage and knightage, G.P.Putnam's Sons:New York, 1914.
- Gurney, E. Henry, Reference handbook for readers, students, and teachers of English history , Ginn & Company:Boston, 1890.
- McClain, Molly, Beaufort: the duke and his duchess, 1657-1715, Yale University Press, 2001.