William Seymour (British Army officer)

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William Seymour
Born (1664-02-08)8 February 1664
Died 9 or 10 February 1728(1728-02-10) (aged 64)
Allegiance Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Relations Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Baronet (father)

Lieutenant General William Seymour (8 February 1664 – 9 or 10 February 1728) was a British soldier and politician. He was the second son of Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Baronet, the prominent Tory. He served successively as Member of Parliament for Cockermouth, Totnes and Newport, Isle of Wight.[1]

On 3 October 1694, he took command as Colonel of the former Lord Cutts' Regiment of Foot. It was converted to a Marine regiment on 31 July 1698; he remained in command until it was disbanded on 20 May 1699. From 1 March 1701 until 12 February 1702 he was Colonel of the former Sir Edward Dering's Regiment of Foot, and was then appointed Colonel of The Queen's Regiment of Foot. He commanded it until 25 December 1717; it was a Marine regiment from 1703 until 1710. On 1 June 1702, he was appointed Brigadier-General of the Marine Regiments, which had that year been reformed for the War of the Spanish Succession.


  1. ^ Cruickshanks, Eveline; D. W. Hayton; Stuart Handley (2002). The House of Commons, 1690–1715. Cambridge University Press. p. 445. ISBN 9780521772211. 

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Charles Gerard, Bt
Goodwin Wharton
Member of Parliament for Cockermouth
With: George Fletcher 1698–1702
Thomas Lamplugh 1701–1702
Succeeded by
Thomas Lamplugh
James Stanhope
Preceded by
Thomas Coulson
Sir Christopher Musgrave, Bt
Member of Parliament for Totnes
With: Thomas Coulson
Succeeded by
Thomas Coulson
Sir Humphrey Mackworth
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Stephens
John Richmond Webb
Member of Parliament for Newport
With: William Stephens
Succeeded by
William Stephens
John Richmond Webb
Military offices
Preceded by
John Cutts
Colonel of William Seymour's Regiment of Foot
(Regiment of Marines 1698)

Preceded by
The Marquis de Puisar
Colonel of William Seymour's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
The Duke of Marlborough
Preceded by
Henry Trelawny
Colonel of The Queen's Regiment of Foot
(Regiment of Marines 1703–1710)

Succeeded by
Hon. Henry Berkeley