Sir Edward Seymour, 5th Baronet

Sir Edward Seymour, of Berry Pomeroy, 5th Baronet (1660 or 1663 – 29 December 1740) of Bradley House, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire was an English landowner and Tory politician.

Early lifeEdit

 
Pomeroy Castle and the ruins of the old house

Seymour was baptized on 18 December 1663, the eldest son of the Royalist and Tory politician Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Baronet and his first wife, Margaret Wale.[1] He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford in 1679. He married his cousin Laetitia Popham, the daughter of Sir Francis Popham, of Littlecote, Wiltshire, and his wife Eleanor Rogers, on 11 August 1685.[1] She was also the niece of his stepmother, also named Letitia Popham, who died in 1714.

CareerEdit

At the 1690 English general election, Seymour was returned as Member of Parliament for West Looe. He stood down at the 1695 English general election.[2]

Seymour succeeded his father on 17 February 1708 to the baronetcy and the huge original Bradley House in Wiltshire.[1] At the 1708 British general election, he stood on his own interest as Tory MP for Totnes. He made little impression, but voted against the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell. At the 1710 British general election, he was returned as MP for Great Bedwyn with Lord Bruce. He was listed as a ‘worthy patriot’ who I helped to detect the mismanagements of the previous administration, but developed reservations about the Tory administration of Harley. He was returned again at the 1713 British general election, but did not stand in 1715.[2]

Seymour completed Bradley House in 1710, which enabled the family to leave their crumbling seat at Berry Pomeroy Castle in Devon. He also acquired and rebuilt Rumwell Hall at Bishop's Hull, Somerset in 1733. [3]

Death and legacyEdit

Seymour died on 29 December 1740. By his wife he had twelve children:[4]

  • Edward Seymour, 8th Duke of Somerset (1694–1757)
  • Francis Seymour, of Sherborne, Dorset (1697–1761)
  • Alexander Seymour (d. 3 April 1731), unmarried
  • William Seymour, of East Knoyle, Wiltshire (1713 – 5 January 1746/1747), m. firstly 17 April 1737 Elizabeth Hippye (d. 22 March 1741/1742), daughter of John Hippye, of Frome, Somerset, and wife, m. secondly 2 August 1745 Mary Hyde (d. 8 November 1753), daughter of Samuel Hyde, of Bromley, Kent, and wife, without any issue from both marriages
  • Laetitia Seymour, married John Gapper and had issue
  • Margaret Seymour, married Richard Jones, of Ramsbury
  • Elizabeth Seymour (d. 5 May 1756), married Henry Hungerford, of Field
  • Anne Seymour (d. February 1755), married William Scroggs, of Chute Lodge
  • Eleanor Seymour (d. bef. 1756?), unmarried
  • Mary Seymour, married Rev. Hammond
  • Jane Seymour, married William Colman, of Garnhay
  • Katherine Seymour, married John Philip Fuhr, of Bristol

His estate passed to his eldest son, Edward, who reunited the two branches of the Seymour family when he inherited the dukedom of Somerset in 1750.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1900), Complete Baronetage volume 1 (1611–1625), 1, Exeter: William Pollard and Co, retrieved 9 October 2018
  2. ^ a b c "SEYMOUR, Edward I (1663-1740), of Berry Pomeroy, Devon; Easton, Wilts.; and Maiden Bradley, Wilts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. ^ "History timeline". Rumwell Hall.
  4. ^ The Complete Peerage vol.XIIpI, p.84.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
James Kendall
Percy Kirke
Member of Parliament for West Looe
1690–1695
With: Jonathan Trelawny
Succeeded by
James Kendall
John Mountstephen
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Coulson
Sir Humphrey Mackworth
Member of Parliament for Totnes
1708–1710
With: George Courtenay
Succeeded by
Thomas Coulson
Francis Gwyn
Preceded by
Lord Bruce
Samuel Vanacker Sambrooke
Member of Parliament for Great Bedwyn
1710–1715
With: Lord Bruce 1710–1711
Thomas Millington 1711–1715
Succeeded by
Stephen Bisse
William Sloper
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Edward Seymour
Baronet
(of Berry Pomeroy)
1708–1741
Succeeded by
Edward Seymour