Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan

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Richard Somerset
Baron Raglan
Richard Somerset, later 2nd Baron Raglan (1817-1884), by English School of th mid-19th century.jpg
Richard Somerset, later 2nd Baron Raglan
Born 24 May 1817
Died 3 May 1884 (1884-05-04) (aged 66)
Noble family House of Beaufort
Spouse(s) Georgina Lygon
Mary Blanche Farquhar
Issue
George Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan
Arthur Charles Edward Somerset
Granville William Richard Somerset
Wellesley Henry Somerset
Richard FitzRoy Somerset
Violet Elizabeth Katharine Somerset
Father FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan
Mother Emily Harriet Wellesley-Pole

Richard Henry FitzRoy Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan (24 May 1817 – 3 May 1884) was a British peer.

The second son of FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, he was born in Paris and educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He went to Ceylon with Lieutenant-General Sir Colin Campbell KCB (1776 – 13 June 1847) as his Private Secretary and was subsequently taken into the Ceylon civil service in 1841. In 1844 he was the assistant government agent of Colombo. He left the island in 1849 to become the private secretary of George V of Hanover, leaving that office in 1855 when he succeeded to his father's title. Parliament granted him and his successor a pension of £2,000 for the service of his father (23 July 1855). He was a Cornet in the Gloucestershire Yeomanry from 1856, and Captain 1864–75. He became a Lord-in-waiting from 1858–59 and 1866–69, under The Earl of Derby's and Disraeli's governments respectively.

The family seat is Cefntilla Court in Llandenny, Monmouthshire. An inscription over the porch dated 1858 reads: “This house with 238 acres of land was purchased by 1623 of the friends, admirers and comrades in arms of the late Field Marshal Lord Raglan GCB and presented by them to his son and his heirs for ever in a lasting memorial of affectionate regard and respect”.

On 25 September 1856 he married Lady Georgina Lygon, the third daughter of Henry Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp, and they later had five children. After the death of his wife in 1865, he married Mary Blanche Farquhar, the eldest daughter of Sir Walter Farquhar, 3rd Baronet, on 11 October 1871 and they had one daughter.

He died in Chesterfield Street, London on 3 May 1884 and was buried Llandenny churchyard, Monmouthshire on 8 May.

Ancestry[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
FitzRoy Somerset
Baron Raglan
1855–1884
Succeeded by
George Somerset