Charlotte Finch, Duchess of Somerset (c.1702 - 1773) MP

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  • 'Lady Charlotte Finch1
  • 'F, #10672, b. 1711, d. 21 January 1773
  • Last Edited=13 Jan 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=0.39%
  • 'Lady Charlotte Finch was born in 1711.2 She was the daughter of Daniel Finch, 7th Earl of Winchilsea and Hon. Anne Hatton.1 She married Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, son of Charles Seymour, 2nd Baron Seymour of Trowbridge and Hon. Elizabeth Alington, on 4 February 1725/26. She died on 21 January 1773.
  • ' As a result of her marriage, Lady Charlotte Finch was styled as Duchess of Somerset. Her married name became Seymour.
  • 'Children of Lady Charlotte Finch and Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset
    • 1.Lady Frances Seymour+ b. 18 Jul 1728, d. 25 Jan 1761
    • 2.Lady Charlotte Seymour+1 b. 21 Sep 1730, d. 15 Feb 1805
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 365. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  • From: http://thepeerage.com/p1068.htm#i10672
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  • 'Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset (13 August 1662 – 2 December 1748), sometimes referred to as the "Proud Duke". The son of Charles Seymour, 2nd Baron Seymour of Trowbridge, and Elizabeth Alington (1635–1692), he succeeded his brother Francis Seymour, 5th Duke of Somerset, to the dukedom when the latter was shot in 1678. He also inherited the title of Baron Seymour of Trowbridge.
  • Charles was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] In 1682 he married a great heiress, Elizabeth Percy, daughter of Joceline Percy, 11th Earl of Northumberland, who brought him immense estates, including Alnwick Castle, Petworth House, Syon House and Northumberland House in London.
  • In 1683, Somerset received an appointment in the king’s household, and two years later a colonelcy of dragoons; but at the Glorious Revolution he bore arms for the Prince of Orange. Having befriended Princess Anne in 1692, he became a favourite of hers after her accession to the throne, receiving the post of Master of the Horse in 1702. Finding himself neglected by Marlborough, he made friends with the Tories, and succeeded in retaining the queen’s confidence, while his wife replaced the Duchess of Marlborough as Mistress of the Robes in 1711. The Duchess became the Queen's closest confidante, causing Jonathan Swift to direct at her a violent satire The Windsor Prophecy, in which he accused her of murdering her previous husband, Thomas Thynne.[2] The Duchess retained her influence even after the Queen following a quarrel, dismissed the Duke as Master of the Horse in 1712.[3]
  • In the memorable crisis when Anne was at the point of death, Somerset acted with Argyll, Shrewsbury and other Whig nobles who, by insisting on their right to be present in the Privy Council, secured the Hanoverian succession to the Crown.
  • He retained the office of Master of the Horse under George I till 1716, when he was dismissed and retired into private life; he died at Petworth on 2 December 1748. The duke’s first wife having died in 1722, 'he married secondly, in 1726, Charlotte, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Nottingham'. He was a remarkably handsome man, and inordinately fond of taking a conspicuous part in court ceremonial; his vanity, which earned him the sobriquet of "the proud duke," was a byword among his contemporaries and was the subject of numerous anecdotes; Macaulay’s description of him as "a man in whom the pride of birth and rank amounted almost to a disease," is well known.
  • The Duke was a founding governor of the Foundling Hospital in London, 1739, the country's first and only children's home for foundlings (abandoned children).
  • Issue
  • Charles and Lady Elizabeth Percy had four children:
    • Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset (11 November 1684 – 7 February 1749)
    • Lady Elizabeth Seymour (1685 – 2 April 1734)
    • Lady Catherine Seymour (1693 – 9 April 1731)
    • Lady Anne Seymour (1709 – 27 November 1722)
  • 'On 4 February 1725 he married the 14 year old Lady Charlotte Finch (1711–1773),[4] daughter of Daniel Finch, 7th Earl of Winchilsea. They had two children:
    • Lady Frances Seymour (18 July 1728 – 25 January 1761), married John Manners, Marquess of Granby
    • Lady Charlotte Seymour (21 September 1730 – 15 February 1805), married Heneage Finch, 3rd Earl of Aylesford and had issue.
  • See also
    • List of deserters from James II to William of Orange
  • References
    • 1.^ Venn, J.; Venn, J. A., eds. (1922–1958). "Seymour, Charles". Alumni Cantabrigienses (10 vols) (online ed.). Cambridge University Press.
    • 2.^ Gregg, Edward Queen Anne Yale University Press 1980
    • 3.^ Gregg Queen Anne
    • 4.^ Cockayne Complete Peerage
  • From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Seymour,_6th_Duke_of_Somerset
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Charlotte Finch, Duchess of Somerset's Timeline

1702
1702
1726
February 4, 1726
Age 24
1728
July 18, 1728
Age 26
1730
September 21, 1730
Age 28
Bloomsbury Square, London, Middlsex, England
1773
January 21, 1773
Age 71
Sutton House, Chiswick, , Middlesex, England
January 30, 1773
Age 71