Henry Somerset, 6th Duke of Beaufort

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The Duke of Beaufort
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Spouse(s) Charlotte Sophia Leveson-Gower
Noble family House of Beaufort
Father Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort
Mother Elizabeth Boscawen
Born 22 December 1766
Died 23 November 1835 (1835-11-24) (aged 68)

Henry Charles Somerset, 6th Duke of Beaufort, KG (22 December 1766 – 23 November 1835), styled Marquess of Worcester until 1803, was a British politician.

Background and education[edit]

Somerset was the son of Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort. He was styled by the courtesy title Marquess of Worcester from his birth until his accession to the dukedom in 1803.[1] He was educated at Westminster School, London and graduated from Trinity College, Oxford, on 28 June 1786 with a Master of Arts.

Political career[edit]

Worcester was a Tory Member of Parliament (MP) for Monmouth between 1788 and 1790, for Bristol between 1790 and 1796, and for Gloucestershire between 1796 and 1803, when he succeeded to his father's seat in the House of Lords. He was Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire and Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire from 1803, and Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire from 1810, until his death in 1835. He bore the Queen's Crown for the coronation of William IV and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, 8 September 1831. He became Constable of St Briavel's Castle and Warden of the Forest of Dean in 1812, and High Steward of Bristol in 1834; he held all these posts for the rest of his life. He was nominated and invested as a Knight of the Garter on 17 January 1805, and was installed on 23 April the same year; since no Knight had been installed since 1801, there were seven vacancies at the time.[2]

Family[edit]

Worcester married Lady Charlotte Sophia Leveson-Gower (1771–1854), daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, on 16 May 1791 at Lambeth Church, London. They had four sons and eight daughters:[3]

Beaufort died at Badminton House, Gloucestershire, and was buried there in St Michael and All Angels Church on 2 December 1835, shortly before his 69th birthday.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Complete Peerage, Vol. II, pp. 55-6; all data not otherwise referenced are from this location.
  2. ^ Complete Peerage, Vol. II, p. 568
  3. ^ Debrett's, 1840 edition, p. 71.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir John Stepney
Member of Parliament for Monmouth Boroughs
1788–1790
Succeeded by
Charles Bragge
Preceded by
Matthew Brickdale
Henry Cruger
Member of Parliament for Bristol
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With: The Lord Sheffield
Succeeded by
The Lord Sheffield
Charles Bragge
Preceded by
Sir George Cranfield-Berkeley
Thomas Master
Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire
17961801
With: Sir George Cranfield-Berkeley
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire
1801–1803
With: Sir George Cranfield-Berkeley
Succeeded by
Sir George Cranfield-Berkeley
Lord Edward Somerset
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Beaufort
Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire
1803–1835
Succeeded by
Penry Williams
Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire
1803–1835
Succeeded by
Capel Hanbury Leigh
Preceded by
The Earl of Berkeley
Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
1810–1835
Succeeded by
The Lord Segrave
Vice-Admiral of Gloucestershire
1810–1835
Vacant
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Somerset
Duke of Beaufort
1803–1835
Succeeded by
Henry Somerset