Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset KG PC (1500[1]  22 January 1552) (also 1st Earl of Hertford, 1st Viscount Beauchamp), also known as Edward Semel,[2] was the eldest surviving brother of Queen Jane Seymour (d. 1537), the third wife of King Henry VIII. He was Lord Protector of England from 1547 to 1549 during the minority of his nephew King Edward VI (1547–1553). Despite his popularity with the common people, his policies often angered the gentry and he was overthrown.


The Duke of Somerset

Portrait of Edward Seymour as 1st Earl of Hertford (cr 1537), wearing the Collar of the Order of the Garter. By unknown artist, Longleat House, Wiltshire.
Lord High Treasurer
In office
10 February 1547  10 October 1549
MonarchEdward VI
Preceded byThe Duke of Norfolk
Succeeded byThe Marquess of Winchester
Lord Protector of the Realm
In office
4 February 1547  11 October 1549
MonarchEdward VI
Lord Great Chamberlain
In office
c.1543–c.1549
MonarchHenry VIII
Edward VI
Preceded byThe Earl of Sussex
Succeeded byThe Earl of Warwick
Personal details
Born1500
Died22 January 1552
Tower Hill, London
Cause of deathDecapitation
Resting placeChapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, London, United Kingdom
51.508611°N 0.076944°W / 51.508611; -0.076944
NationalityEnglish
Spouse(s)Catherine Fillol
Anne Stanhope
Children12
ParentsSir John Seymour
Margery Wentworth
ResidenceSomerset House, London
Syon House, Isleworth, Middlesex
Woodmancote Place, West Sussex
Signature
Military service
AllegianceKingdom of England
Battles/warsFrench Wars, 1522–1524
The Rough Wooing
Siege of Boulogne, 1544
Battle of Pinkie