Lord Arthur John Henry Somerset

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The Right Honourable
Arthur Somerset
In office
Preceded by James Rooke, Sir Charles Gould Morgan
Succeeded by Sir Charles Gould Morgan, Lord Granville Somerset
Member of Parliament
for Monmouthshire
Personal details
Born 12 February 1780
Died 18 April 1816 (1816-04-19) (aged 36)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Boscawen
Children George Somerset
Arthur Edward Somerset
Elizabeth Anne Somerset
Alma mater Eton College
Occupation soldier
Religion Anglican

Lord Arthur John Henry Somerset (12 February 1780 – 18 April 1816), English politician, was the sixth son of Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort.

He was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, taking a BA in 1799 and an MA in 1803. He was commissioned a major in the Monmouthshire and Breconshire militia that year.[1] Somerset was commissioned a lieutenant in the 7th Foot on 19 May 1804.[2]

He was defeated at Gloucester in August 1805, but in November, was returned as Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire and was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Monmouthshire and Breconshire in December.[3] On 26 June 1806, he was made a captain in the 4th West India Regiment and on 2 October exchanged into the 91st Foot.[4]

Lord Arthur married his first cousin, Hon. Elizabeth Boscawen (bef. 1793 – 2 March 1872), daughter of George Boscawen, 3rd Viscount Falmouth, on 23 June 1808. They had three children:

  • Rev. George Somerset (30 March 1809 – 12 October 1882), married Philida Elizabeth Call, daughter of Sir William Call, 2nd Baronet on 9 September 1835 and had issue.
  • Elizabeth Anne Somerset (2 August 1810 – 12 April 1835)
  • Arthur Edward Somerset (28 August 1813 – 9 September 1853), married his first cousin, Hon. Frances Boscawen, daughter of Rev. Hon. John Evelyn Boscawen, and had issue.

Somerset exchanged into the 19th Light Dragoons on 12 September 1811,[5] serving until his death in Lisbon in 1816.



  1. ^ "No. 15646". The London Gazette. 19 November 1803. p. 1613. 
  2. ^ "No. 15702". The London Gazette. 15 May 1804. p. 622. 
  3. ^ "No. 15873". The London Gazette. 17 December 1805. p. 1580. 
  4. ^ "No. 15963". The London Gazette. 4 October 1806. p. 1323. 
  5. ^ "No. 16522". The London Gazette. 14 September 1811. p. 1804. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Rooke
Sir Charles Gould Morgan
Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire
With: Sir Charles Gould Morgan
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Gould Morgan
Lord Granville Somerset