SEYMOUR, Sir Edward, 6th Bt. (1695-1757), of Maiden Bradley, Wilts and Berry Pomeroy, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 1747

Family and Education

bap. 17 Jan. 1695, 1st s. of Sir Edward Seymour, 5th Bt., M.P., by Letitia, da. of Sir Francis Popham, K.B., M.P., of Littlecote, Wilts.; e. bro. of Francis Seymour*. educ. Magdalen, Oxf. 1712. m. 5 Mar. 1717, Mary, da. and h. of Daniel Webb of Monkton Farleigh and Melksham Wilts., 4s. 1da. suc. fa. 29 Dec. 1740 and distant kinsman as 8th Duke of Somerset 7 Feb. 1750.

Offices Held

Ld. lt. Wilts. and c.j. in eyre, north of Trent 1752-d.


Returned as a Tory for Salisbury in 1741, Seymour voted against the Administration in all recorded divisions but did not stand again. He suceeded in 1750 to the dukedom of Somerset (though not to the estate), as head of the senior line of the Seymours, whose right to the dukedom had been postponed, at its creation in 1547, to that of the junior line now extinct. He was chief mourner at the funeral of Frederick, Prince of Wales, in April 1751, in which month he applied unsuccessfully through Newcastle for the lord lieutenantship of Devonshire.1 He died 12 Sept. 1757.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Newcastle to Somerset, Apr. 1751, Add. 32724, f. 227.