Person:Edward Seymour (11)

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
  • HEdward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset1506 - 1552
  • WAnne Stanhope - 1587
m. abt 1537
  1. Elizabeth Seymour - 1602
  2. Mary Seymour - 1570
  3. Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hereford1537 - 1621
  4. Anne Seymourabt 1538 - 1588
  5. Lord Henry Seymour1540 -
  6. Lady Margaret Seymour1540 -
  7. Lady Jane Seymourabt 1541 - 1561
  • HEdward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset1506 - 1552
  • WCatherine Fillolabt 1507 - abt 1535
  1. Sir Edward Seymour, of Berry Pomeroyabt 1528 - 1593
  2. Mary Seymour
  3. John Seymore - 1552
Facts and Events
Name Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
Gender Male
Birth? 1506
Marriage abt 1537 to Anne Stanhope
Military? 10 Sep 1547 Combatant of Pinkie Cleugh
Reference Number? Q163936?
Death? 22 Jan 1552 Tower Hill, Greater London, England
Cause of Death? Beheaded
Occupation? 1st Duke of Somerset

Edward Seymour was the son of Sir John Seymour. After military service in France (1523), Seymour became Master of the Horse for the Duke of Richmond. When his sister Jane married Henry VIII, Seymour's political fortune immediately improved and he was made Viscount Beauchamp and Earl of Hertford. He returned to military life and served in Scotland (1542) and France (1545). Upon Henry VIII's death Seymour became the effective ruler of the country as Protector of the Realm, appointed by the Council of Regency to serve during boy king Edward VI's minority.

Seymour resumed the war in Scotland, winning a decisive battle at Pinkie in 1547. He undertook social reforms, which led to the accumulation of enemies against him and his brother Thomas. Faced with the beginning of a popular uprising, in October 1549 the Privy Council removed Seymour from power and imprisoned him in the Tower of London. He was released in 1550 but was again accused of conspiracy and arrested therafter. He was convicted for treason and executed by beheading on Tower Hill on 22 January, 1552.

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    Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, KG, (c. 1500 – 22 January 1552) was Lord Protector of England during the minority of his nephew King Edward VI (1547–1553), in the period between the death of King Henry VIII in 1547 and his own indictment in 1549.