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Lord Edward Somerset

In office
Member of Parliament
for Monmouth, Gloucestershire and Cirencester
Personal details
Born 19 December 1776
Died 1 September 1842
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Louisa Augusta Courtenay
Children Edward Arthur Somerset
Occupation soldier

General Lord Robert Edward Henry Somerset GCB (19 December 1776 – 1 September 1842) was a British soldier.

He was the third son of the 5th duke of Beaufort, and elder brother of Lord Raglan.

Joining the 15th Light Dragoons in 1793, he became captain in the following year, and received a majority after serving as aide-de-camp to the duke of York in the Dutch expedition of 1799. At the end of 1800 he became a lieutenant-colonel, and in 1801 received the command of the 4th Light Dragoons. From 1799 to 1802 he represented the Monmouth Boroughs in the House of Commons, from 1803 to 1823 sat for Gloucestershire and from 1834 to 1837 was MP for Cirencester.

He commanded his regiment at the battles of Talavera and Buçaco, and in 1810 received a colonelcy and the appointment of ADC to the king. In 1811, along with the 3rd Dragoon Guards, the 4th Light Dragoons fought a notable cavalry action at Usagre, and in 1812 Lord Edward Somerset was engaged in the great charge of Le Marchant's heavy cavalry at Salamanca. His conduct on this occasion (he captured five guns at the head of a single squadron) won him further promotion, and he made the remaining campaigns as a major-general at the head of the Hussar brigade (7th, 10th and 15th Hussars).

At Orthes he won further distinction by his pursuit of the enemy; he was made KCB, and received the thanks of parliament. At Waterloo he was in command of the Household Cavalry Brigade, which distinguished itself not less by its stern and patient endurance of the enemy's fire than by its celebrated charge on the cuirassiers of Milhaud's corps.

The brigadier was particularly mentioned in Wellington's despatches, and received the thanks of parliament as well as the Army Gold Cross with one clasp for his services at Talavera, Salamanca, Vitoria, Orthez, and Toulouse; the Maria Theresa and other much-prized foreign orders.

He died a general and GCB in 1842.

The 'Lord Somerset Monument' stands high on the Cotswold Edge at Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire (grid reference ST772878), near the ancestral home of Badminton, Gloucestershire. It was erected in 1846.

Family[edit | edit source]

On 17 October 1805 he married Lady Louisa Augusta Courtenay (1781 - 8 February 1825), a younger daughter of William Courtenay, 8th Earl of Devon, with whom he had several children, three sons and three daughters:[1]

  • Robert Henry Somerset (1806–1807)[1]
  • Lt-Gen. Edward Arthur Somerset (1817–1886) married Agatha Miles (1827 - 1912), daughter of Sir William Miles, Bt and had one son (who died unmarried) and eight daughters.
  • Augustus Charles Stapleton Somerset (1821–1854) who died unmarried.[2]
  • Louisa Isabella Somerset (1807–1888) who died unmarried.[2]
  • Frances Caroline Somerset (1808–1890) who married 1840 Theophilus Clive (d. 1875),[2] and had issue 1 son who left descendants
  • Blanche Somerset (1811–1879) who married 1845, Rev. Charles Courtenay Locke (d. 1848) with no issue, [2]
  • Matilda Elizabeth Somerset (1815-3 April 1905) (portrait 1843) who married 1842 Horace Marryat,[3] and had issue two sons - Adrian Somerset Marryat (b 1844) and Frederick Marryat (b 1851), and one daughter Ida Horatia Charlotte Marryat (1843–1910) who married 19 September (not November) 1863 (div 1889'Count Gustavus Frederick Bonde (1842–1909), a Swedish nobleman, with issue.[4][5] The three Marryat children were [6] in Rome by the young Frederick Leighton. Horace Marryat was a nuch younger brother of the naval officer and writer Frederick Marryat (1792–1848)[7]
  • Georgina Emily Somerset (1819-?) who married 1852 Hon Robert Neville Lawley (who died 1891 without issue), and died without issue

References[edit | edit source]

  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911) Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.) Cambridge University Press 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Charles Thompson, Bt
Member of Parliament for Monmouth
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Monmouth
Succeeded by
Lord Charles Somerset
Preceded by
George Cranfield-Berkeley
Marquess of Worcester
Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire
With: George Cranfield-Berkeley 1803–1810
Viscount Dursley 1810–1811
Sir Berkeley Guise, Bt 1811–1831
Succeeded by
Sir Berkeley Guise, Bt
Henry Moreton
Preceded by
Lord Apsley
Joseph Cripps
Member of Parliament for Cirencester
With: Joseph Cripps
Succeeded by
Thomas William Chester-Master
Joseph Cripps
Military offices
Preceded by
Oliver De Lancey
Colonel of the 17th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers)
Succeeded by
Sir John Elley
Preceded by
Sir William Henry Clinton
Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance
Title next held by
Sir Hew Dalrymple Ross
Preceded by
Thomas Garth
Colonel of the 1st (Royal) Regiment of Dragoons
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby
Preceded by
Charles Richard Fox
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin
Preceded by
Francis Hugonin
Colonel of the 4th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Dalbiac

Coordinates: 51°35′19″N 2°19′50″W / 51.58859°N 2.33049°W / 51.58859; -2.33049

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