John Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset

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His Grace
The Duke of Somerset
Bt DL FRICS
19th Duke of Somerset Allan Warren.jpg
Portrait by Allan Warren
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
10 December 2014
as an excepted hereditary peer
Preceded by The Lord Cobbold
In office
15 November 1984 – 11 November 1999
as a hereditary peer
Preceded by Percy Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset
Succeeded by House of Lords Act 1999
Personal details
Born John Michael Edward Seymour
(1952-12-30) 30 December 1952 (age 64)
Bath, Somerset, UK
Spouse(s) Judith-Rose née Hull, Duchess of Somerset
Children Sebastian, Lord Seymour
Lady Sophia Seymour
Lady Henrietta Seymour
Lord Charles Seymour
Parents Percy Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset
Jane née Thomas, Dowager Duchess of Somerset
Residence Maiden Bradley House, Wiltshire
Profession FRICS
Known for Landowning;
HoL member
Religion Anglican
Awards DL
Other titles Baron Seymour
Website www.duchyofsomerset.co.uk

John Michael Edward Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset, DL FRICS (born 30 December 1952), styled Lord Seymour between 1954 and 1984, is a British aristocratic landowner in Wiltshire and Devon, and a member of the House of Lords.

Life[edit]

Educated at Hawtreys and Eton College, he qualified as a chartered surveyor[1] before succeeding to the dukedom in 1984 on the death of his father.[2] Having lost his seat in the House of Lords under the House of Lords Act 1999, he was elected at the December 2014 House of Lords By-election,[3] to sit as a Crossbencher in the Upper House.[4]

The Duke's principal seat is Bradley House, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire,[5] and he also owns Berry Pomeroy Castle in Devon.

He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire in 1993[6] and for Devon in 2003.[7]

Family[edit]

The present Duke is the son of Percy Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset, and Jane, Dowager Duchess of Somerset (née Thomas, died 2005). His paternal grandmother, Edith Mary Parker, was a daughter of William Parker and Lucinda Steeves, daughter of William Steeves, one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation.

He married at All Saints' Church, Maiden Bradley, on 20 May 1978, Judith-Rose Hull, daughter of John Folliott Hull; the Duke and Duchess have four children:

  • Sebastian Edward, Lord Seymour (b. Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, 3 February 1982), m. 27 Aug 2006 Arlette Marie Léontine, daughter of Daniel Lafayeedney, of La Grasse, France[8] divorced 2011
  • Lady Sophia Rose Seymour (b. 1987)
  • Lady Henrietta Charlotte Seymour (b. 1989)
  • Lord Charles Thomas George Seymour (b. 1992).[9]

Controversy[edit]

In 2015 the Duke was involved in a dispute over a plan to build housing on ancestral land he owns at Totnes, Devon.[10]

Titles, styles and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 30 December 1952 - 26 April 1954: The Honourable John Seymour
  • 26 April 1954 - 15 November 1984: Lord Seymour
  • 15 November 1984 - present: His Grace The Duke of Somerset

Arms[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.rics.org
  2. ^ ‘SOMERSET, 19th Duke of’, in Who's Who 2012 (A. & C. Black, 2012); online edition (subscription required) by Oxford University Press, December 2011, accessed 8 December 2011
  3. ^ "Crossbench Hereditary Peers' By-Election, December 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  4. ^ www.parliament.uk
  5. ^ www.bradleyhouse.org
  6. ^ www.wiltshire.gov.uk
  7. ^ www.lordlieutenantofdevon.org.uk
  8. ^ www.statecraft.org.uk
  9. ^ Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn. London: Burke's Peerage & Gentry Ltd. p. 3678 (SOMERSET, D). ISBN 0-9711966-2-1. 
  10. ^ "Totnes' Great Court Farm plans get the go-ahead despite demo". Torquay Herald Express. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Percy Seymour
Duke of Somerset
1984 – present
Incumbent
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Norfolk
Gentlemen
The Duke of Somerset
Succeeded by
The Duke of Richmond