Lord Arthur Somerset (1780–1816)

Lord Arthur John Henry Somerset (12 February 1780 – 18 April 1816), English politician, was the sixth son of Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort.

He was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, taking a BA in 1799 and an MA in 1803. He was commissioned a major in the Monmouthshire and Breconshire militia that year. Somerset was commissioned a lieutenant in the 7th Foot on 19 May 1804.

He was defeated at Gloucester in August 1805, but in November, was returned as Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire and was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Monmouthshire and Breconshire in December. On 26 June 1806, he was made a captain in the 4th West India Regiment and on 2 October transferred to the 91st Foot.

Lord Arthur married his first cousin, Hon. Elizabeth Boscawen (bef. 1793 – 2 March 1872), daughter of George Boscawen, 3rd Viscount Falmouth, on 23 June 1808. They had three children:

  • Rev. George Somerset (30 March 1809 – 12 October 1882), married Philida Elizabeth Call, daughter of Sir William Call, 2nd Baronet on 9 September 1835 and had issue.
  • Arthur Edward Somerset (28 August 1813 – 9 September 1853), married his first cousin, Hon. Frances Boscawen, daughter of Rev. Hon. John Evelyn Boscawen, and had issue.
  • Elizabeth Anne Somerset (died 1835)

Somerset became a captain in the 19th Light Dragoons on 12 September 1811, serving until his death in Lisbon in 1816.

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