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Seymour, family, Dukes of Somerset, formerly baronets of Berry Pomeroy

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Date: 1200-2000
History:

Edward Seymour (d. 1552), from a Wiltshire family, was created Duke of Somerset in 1547, and received large grants of former monastic lands in Wiltshire (Savernake Forest), Somerset and elsewhere. The Savernake estate passed to Edward Seymour (1537-1621), the Duke's son by his second marriage, created Earl of Hertford in 1559, and eventually to the Earls and Marquesses of Ailesbury (see Brudenell-Bruce, Marquesses of Ailesbury). However, Sir Edward Seymour (d. 1593), a son of the Duke by his first marriage, succeeded an elder brother in the Maiden Bradley (Wiltshire) estate in 1552, and the following year was granted his father's manor of Berry Pomeroy (Devon). His son Sir Edward Seymour (1563-1611) was created a baronet in 1611.

Sir Edward Seymour, 6th Bt (1695-1757), married in 1717 Mary, daughter and heir of Daniel Webb of Monkton Farleigh and Melksham (Wiltshire), by Elizabeth Somner of Seend (Wiltshire). In 1750, on the death of the 7th Duke of Somerset, Sir Edward Seymour succeeded to the dukedom, though not to any of the estates that had been held with it (see Percy, Dukes of Northumberland). In the eighteenth century Maiden Bradley became the principal seat, and the Maiden Bradley estate was later extended with purchases of nearby property in Somerset (Witham Friary) and Dorset (Silton). The 10th Duke (1718-93) married in 1769 Anna Bonnell, who appears to have brought property in the Spalding district of Lincolnshire and the Wisbech district of Cambridgeshire. The 11th Duke (1775-1855) acquired Bulstrode (Buckinghamshire) from the 3rd Duke of Portland in 1810.

On the death of the 12th Duke in 1885 his estates were divided. The Berry Pomeroy and Maiden Bradley estates, both reduced, passed to his next brother as 13th Duke, but his other properties, including land in Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, passed to his daughters.

Estates in 1883: Devon 8,138 acres, Somerset 6,553 acres, Wilts 5,824 acres, Lincs 2,865 acres, Bucks 1,640 acres, Cambs 289 acres, Dorset 46 acres, Norfolk 32 acres, total 25,387 acres worth £37,577 a year.

Places:
  • Berry Pomeroy, Devon
  • Bulstrode, Buckinghamshire
  • Harberton, Devon
  • Knoyle, Wiltshire
  • Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire
  • Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire
  • Seend, Wiltshire
  • Silton, Dorset
  • Spalding, Lincolnshire
  • Stockleigh Pomeroy, Devon
  • Totnes, Devon
  • Whaplode, Lincolnshire
  • Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
  • Witham Friary, Somerset
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Guide to Principal Estate and Family Collections L-W, 1999
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F85302 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F489 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
13th cent-20th cent: Wilts (Maiden Bradley), Dorset (Silton), Somerset (Witham Friary) and misc Bucks (Bulstrode) deeds, family and estate papers 13th-20th cent and misc Cambs (Wisbech) and Lincs (Whaplode, etc) deeds and papers 17th-19th cent
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 32135 Seymour

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [92a]
2
1356-1918: further Wilts (Maiden Bradley, etc) estate and Seymour family papers
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
See Annual Return 2003
3
1837-1896: Knoyle (Wilts) game book, incl details of shoots in Wilts, Dorset and Devon and observations of family affairs, local events, weather and press cuttings rel to the Seymour family
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
4
13th cent-20th cent: Devon (Berry Pomeroy, etc) deeds and estate papers and misc Seymour family papers
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 32135 Seymour

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [92b]
5
15th cent-20th cent: Devon (Berry Pomeroy, etc) manorial records and estate papers
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 8073

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [92c]
6
c1823-1927: misc Devon (Berry Pomeroy, etc) legal and estate papers
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 4613 Devon RO

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [92c]
7
13th cent-19th cent: Devon (Berry Pomeroy, etc) deeds and papers 13th-19th cent (mainly 19th cent), Seymour family papers 16th-19th cent, mainly of the 12th Duke, and misc deeds (Wilts, etc) from 13th cent and Bucks, Dorset, Somerset and Wilts estate papers 19th cent
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 12798 Seymour

See HMC Papers of British cabinet ministers 1782-1900, 1982 p58
8
14th cent-18th cent: Devon (Berry Pomeroy, etc) deeds and manorial records and Seymour family papers
Longleat House
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [104a]
9
1300-1688: Devon (Berry Pomeroy, etc) deeds and papers and Seymour family papers 14th-17th cent, incl military documents, royal appointments and accounts mainly 17th cent
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
See Annual Return 2003
10
16th cent-19th cent: Bulstrode (Bucks) deeds 16th-19th cent and estate and household accounts and papers mainly 19th cent, with Seymour family papers 19th cent, incl papers of the 11th and 12th Dukes
Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies
NRA 11704 Ramsden

See HMC Papers of British cabinet ministers 1782-1900, 1982 p58
11
19th cent: Seymour family papers, mainly of the 11th and 12th Dukes
Collection held privately: enquiries to The National Archives, Archives Sector Development
NRA 24077

See HMC Papers of British cabinet ministers 1782-1900, 1982 p58
12
1633: Wilts (Maiden Bradley) register of tenants
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
See Annual Return 2008
13
16th cent - 19th cent: letters, inventory, reports, accounts, deeds (Berry Pomeroy estate), sale particulars, corresp (Totness estates), warrants rel to Devon militia, miscellanous receipts
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
See Annual Return 2012

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