Edward Seymour

Edward Seymour (abt. 1528 - 1593)

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Sir Edward "the Elder" Seymour
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Edward Seymour was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.


Married Margaret, daughter of John Walsh of Somerset. Edward Seymour was born circa 1528.[1]

Edward was the son of Sir Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector of England, and his first wife, Katherine, the daughter and coheir of Sir William Fillot of Fillot, co Essex, Kt.[2] Edward was the cousin of King Edward VI of England through his father's sister, Jane Seymour, who was the third wife of King Henry VIII.[3]

Edward was the brother of:

  1. John Seymour, oldest son of the Duke of Somerset, who was buried on 19 December 1552 at the "hospetall of Savoy;[4]

His father repudiated his mother,[5] then married as his second wife, Ann, the daughter of Edward Stanhope.[2] and his wife, Elizabeth the daughter of Sir Foulke Bourghchier Lord Fitzwarin.[3] From this marriage, Edward had half-siblings:

  1. Edward, Earl of Hertford, Baron Beauchamp;[3]
  2. Henry Seymour;[3]
  3. Edward Seymour, the younger;[3]
  4. Anne, Countess of Warwick;[3]
  5. Margaret Seymour;[3]
  6. Mary Seymour;[3]
  7. Katherine Seymour;[3]
  8. Elizabeth Seymour;[3]
  9. Jane Seymour, born circa 1541;[3]

Edward's father was elevated to the Peerage as Viscount Beauchamp on 5 June 1536, Earl of Hertford on 18 October 1537, Baron Seymour of Hache and Duke of Somerset on 15 February 1546/7.[2]

A Bill for Restitution in Blood of Sir Edward Seymour, Knight, son to the late Duke of Somerset, by the Lady Catherine Fybell was presented in the House of Commons on 27 March 1553.[6]

Edward married Mary, the daughter and coheir of John Walsh of Cathanger, co Somerset, Jude of the Common Pleas,[2] by 1556.[5] Or Edward's wife's name was Jane Walshe. [7]

Edward and Mary had children:

  1. Sir Edward Seymour of Berry Pomeroy, Kt, born circa 1563,[7] created a Baronet on 29 June 1611, buried 27 May 1613,[2] married on 30 September 1576 at Dartington, Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir Arthur Champernowne of Dartington, Knt, and his wife, Mary, the daughter of Sir Henry Norris;[8]

In 1558, John Thynne knt, and his wife, Christian, conveyed to Edward Seymour knt, the manor of Berry Pomeroy, the advowson of the vicarage of Berry Pomeroy and the moiety of the manor of Bridgetown Pomeroy for a consideration of £1,276.[9]

Lord Edward Seymour of Berry Pomeroy, co Devon, died on 6 Mary 1593, and adminstration of his estate was granted to his son, Edward, on 18 May 1593.[2]

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Lord Edward Seymour (c. 1528 - 2 May 1593), knight, of Berry Pomeroy, Devon, wasSheriff of Devon in 1583 and was knighted by his father the Duke of Somerset onthe battlefield of Pinkie Cleugh on 10 September 1547.

He was the eldestson (but not the main heir) of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (c.1500-1552) by his first wife Catherine Fillol (or Filliol) (c.1507-1535) a daughter and co-heiress of Sir William Fillol (1453-1527), of Fillol's Hall, Essex and Woodlands, Horton, Dorset. The children from this first marriage ranked below those from the Duke's second marriage to Ann Stanhope, the eldest son of which, due apparently to his wife's persuasion, succeeded his father as Duke of Somerset. By anentail made during the time of his second marriage the Duke excluded from the inheritance of his estates the children of his first marriage. It has been alleged that adultery between Catherine Fillol and her father-in-law Sir John Seymour (d.1536) ended the Duke's first marriage.

In June 1553 he received the manor of Berry Pomeroy, Devon, including Berry Pomeroy Castle.

He married Margaret Walshe, a daughter and co-heiress of John Walshe (c.1517-1572) (alias Walsh, Welsh, etc.) of Cathanger, Fivehead, Somerset, Justice of the Common Pleas in 1563, MP for Cricklade (1547), Bristol (twice in 1553, twice in 1554, 1555, 1559, 1563), Somerset (1558) by whom he had one son:

Sir Edward Seymour, 1st Baronet (d.1613).

After the male line of the Seymour Dukes of Somersetin descent from the 1st Duke and his second wife Anne Stanhope failed on the death of Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset (1684–1750), of Petworth House in Sussex (5th cousin of the 5th Baronet), the Berry Pomeroy family inherited the Dukedom in accordance with the special remainder, in the person of Sir Edward Seymour, 6th Baronet (1694–1757) of Berry Pomeroy, who in 1750 became the 8th Duke of Somerset. He inherited however none of the property of the 7th Duke, which went partly to his only daughter and her husband Sir Hugh Smithson, 4th Baronet (later created Duke of Northumberland) and partly to his nephew Sir Charles Wyndham, 4th Baronet (1710-1763), 2nd Earl of Egremont.

A monument to Lord Edward Seymour survives in St Mary's Church, Berry Pomeroy, standing against the north wall of the north aisle of the Seymour Chapel. It was described by the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner (1952) as: "The figure carving astonishingly naive. To think that the children of Lord Protector Somerset were satisfied withthis!" Hoskins (1959) on the contrary called it "fine". The monument consists of three main effigies, each on its own step, the top two under a coffered arch two steps deep, each recumbent and propped up on the right elbow, gazing heavenwards, or perhaps towards the top of a now lost altar which once stood against theeast wall of the chapel. Demonstrating perspective, the figures increase in size from the topmost step furthest from the viewer. The two male figures occupyingthe topmost two steps are bare-headed and dressed in full armour with breastplates. On the top step is Lord Edward Seymour, holding in his left hand the ceremonial baton of Sheriff of Devon (which is also visible on the monument to John Northcote (1570-1632) in Newton St Cyres Church). On the ground near his shoulder is his helmet. On the middle step is the effigy of Lord Edward's son, Sir EdwardSeymour, 1st Baronet (died 1613), head propped up on his hand, with the latter's wife, Elizabeth Champernowne, occupying the lowest step. At the head end of Lady Elizabeth is a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, and at her feet sitting in a chair is an infant child. At the apex of the arch, below the entablature is anescutcheon showing the arms of Seymour impaling Welshe, the wife of Lord Edward. On the very top of the monument, within a broken scroll pediment and above a putto's head, is an escutcheon showing the arms of Seymour alone, with mantling and with crest above. Above the topmost figure of Lord Edward is a black stone tablet, with the Seymour crest above, inscribed in gilt Roman capitals as follows:

"Here lyeth the bodies of the Honorable Lord Edward Seymour, knight, sonne unto the Right Honorable Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, who died the second daye of Maye, 1593; also of Edward Seymour his sonne, Baronet, who died the 10daye of Aprell, 1613; the Lady Elizabeth his wife dawghter of Sir Arthwre Champernowne, who had isshew 11 childeren by him the sayed Edward Seymour, Baronet".


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lord Edward Seymour (died 1593)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lord_Edward_Seymour_(died_1593)&oldid=692138089 (accessed February 20, 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Lieutenant-Colonel J L Vivian, The Visitations of the County of Devon, (Exeter: For the author by H S Eland, 1895), 702-3, HathiTrust Digital Library (http://hdl.handle.net/2027/yale.39002002213917?urlappend=%3Bseq=716 : accessed 20 February 2016).
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 The Dean and Chapter of Westminster, "History : People : Anne (Stanhope), Duchess of Somerset & Jane Seymour", Westminster Abbey Founded 960, 2016, http://westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/anne-stanhope,-duchess-of-somerset : accessed 20 February 2016.
  4. "The Diary of Henry Machyn Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London (1550-1563)", The Camden Society, Series I, 42:27, (London: Camden Society, 1848), Internet Archive, https://archive.org/stream/diaryofhenrymach00machrich#page/26/mode/2up : accessed 20 February 2016).
  5. 5.0 5.1 A D K Hawkyard, "WALSHE, John (by 1517-72), of Cathanger, Som. and Bethnal Green, Mdx.GOT, Sir John (c.1358-c.1437), of Blithfield and Bagots Bromley, Staffs." The History of Parliament: British Political, Social & Local History, Crown copyright and The History of Parliament Trust 1964-2016. (http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1509-1558/member/walshe-john-1517-72 : accessed 20 February 2016).
  6. 'House of Commons Journal Volume 1: 27 March 1553', in Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 1, 1547-1629 (London, 1802), p. 26 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/commons-jrnl/vol1/p26 [accessed 20 February 2016].
  7. 7.0 7.1 P W Hasler, "SEYMOUR, Edward I (c.1563-1613), of Berry Pomeroy, Devon." The History of Parliament: British Political, Social & Local History, Crown copyright and The History of Parliament Trust 1964-2016. (http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/seymour-edward-i-1563-1613 : accessed 20 February 2016).
  8. Lieutenant-Colonel J L Vivian, The Visitations of the County of Devon, (Exeter: For the author by H S Eland, 1895), 163, HathiTrust Digital Library (http://hdl.handle.net/2027/yale.39002002213917?urlappend=%3Bseq=176 : accessed 20 February 2016).
  9. The National Archives Website: Discovery: 3799M-0/T/1/6 and 7: Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust), Devon Record Office: SEYMOUR OF BERRY POMEROY, 3799M-0/T/1/6 and 7 - Devon Record Office (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/16317f0f-d9a5-4d73-a3c0-bb8b7b8fe528 : Accessed 21 February 2016).

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Monument of Lord Edward Seymour of Berry Pomeroy, Devon, in Berry Pomeroy Church
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