William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester

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The Earl of Worcester
3rd Earl of Worcester
William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester in his suit of Greenwich armor
SuccessorEdward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester
Bornc. 1526/1527
Died21 February 1589
BuriedChurch of St Cadoc, Raglan, Monmouthshire
Spouse(s)Christiana North
IssueEdward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester
Elizabeth Somerset
Lucy Somerset
ParentsHenry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester
Elizabeth Somerset, Countess of Worcester (d. 1565)

William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester, KG (c. 1526/1527 – 21 February 1589) was an English courtier, nobleman, and politician. He was the eldest son of Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester and his second wife Elizabeth Browne.[1]

Earl of Worcester[edit]

Quartered arms of Sir William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester

On 26 November 1549, he succeeded his father and became the 3rd Earl of Worcester.

Worcester supported Lady Jane Grey in 1553. He was invested as Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.) in 1570. He was a patron of the arts, and sponsored - among others - the Elizabethan actor Edward Alleyn.

Marriages and children[edit]

Before 19 May 1550, Worcester married Christiana North, daughter of Edward North, 1st Baron North and his wife Alice Squire.[2] They were parents to three children:

William Somerset re-married (2nd) before 1567 Theophila Newton, daughter of John Newton (otherwise Cradock), Knt., of East Harptree, Somerset, by Margaret, daughter of Anthony Poyntz, Knt. A portrait of Countess Theophila by an unknown artist of that date is mentioned by Ashelford, Visual History of Costume (1983): 72.


William Somerset died at his house Hackney on 21 February 1589 and was buried in the Church of St Cadoc, Raglan, Monmouthshire.[3]



  1. ^ "Somerset, William, third earl of Worcester". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b KIMBALL G. EVERINGHAM; Richardson, Douglas Scott (2004). Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families (Royal Ancestry). Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 667. ISBN 0-8063-1750-7.
  3. ^ Newman, John (2002). Gwent/Monmouthshire. New Haven; London: Yale University Press. p. 305. ISBN 978-0-300-09630-9.

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Peerage of England
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