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Francis Seymour-Conway

Also Known As: "1st Baron Conway"
Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Berry Pomeroy,Devonshire,England
Death: February 3, 1731 (51)
Lisburn,Down,Ireland (wound in the neck from a drunken duel)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Baronet and Laetitia Seymour
Husband of Lady Charlotte Seymour Conway; Mary Seymour-Conway and Jane Seymour-Conway
Father of Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford; Field Marshal Rt. Hon. Henry Seymour-Conway; Anne Harris and Mary Seymour Conway
Half brother of Sir Edward Seymour, 5th Baronet Seymour, of Berry Pomeroy and Hon. Lt.General William Seymour

Occupation: Baron Conway
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About Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Baron Conway,_1st_Baron_Conway

Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Ragley, 1st Baron Conway of Killultagh, MP, PC (Ire) (28 May 1679 – 3 February 1731/1732), was a British politician, born Francis Seymour.


Born Francis Seymour, he was the second son of Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Baronet, by his second wife Letitia, daughter of Alexander Popham. This branch of the Seymour family descended from Sir Edward Seymour, son of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset by his first wife Catherine Filliol. His nephew Sir Edward Seymour succeeded as 8th Duke of Somerset in 1750. On the death of his elder brother Popham Seymour-Conway in 1699, Francis succeeded to the estates of his mother's relative Edward Conway, 1st Earl of Conway, and assumed the same year by Royal license the additional surname of Conway.

[edit] Political career

Conway sat as Tory Member of Parliament for Bramber from 1701 to 1703. In 1703 he was raised to the Peerage of England as Baron Conway of Ragley, in the County of Warwick, and in 1712 he was created Baron Conway of Killultagh, in the County of Antrim, in the Peerage of Ireland. From 1728 to 1732 Lord Conway was Governor of Carrickfergus and was sworn of the Irish Privy Council in 1728.


Lord Conway married firstly Lady Mary, daughter of Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, on 17 February 1703/1704. After her death in Northwicke on 25 January 1708/1709 he married secondly Jane Bowden, of Drogheda, in that same year. After her death in Sandywell, Gloucestershire, on 13 February 1715/1716 he married thirdly Charlotte, daughter of John Shorter, of Bybrook, Kent, and wife, in July 1716. His second son by his third wife was the distinguished soldier and politician the Hon. Henry Seymour Conway. Lord Conway died in February 1732 in Lisburn, aged 52, and was succeeded by his eldest son by his third wife, Francis Seymour-Conway, who was created Earl of Hertford in 1750 and Marquess of Hertford in 1793. Lady Conway died on 12 February 1733/1734.

From Wikipedia:

Popham Seymour-Conway, born Seymour (1675 – 18 June 1699)[1] was an Anglo-Irish landowner and rake, the eldest son of Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Baronet by his second marriage to Laetitia Popham, daughter of Alexander Popham.

On 9 August 1683, the Earl of Conway, his mother's cousin, left him his extensive estates in Warwickshire and Lisburn, on condition that he change his name to Seymour-Conway.[2] Considerable suspicion was aroused by this transaction, displacing as it did Arthur Rawdon, Conway's nephew; it was thought that Sir Edward had taken advantage of the Earl's senility to bring it about.[3]

In 1697, Seymour-Conway became Member of Parliament for Lisburn, site of his new estates, in the Irish Parliament.[4]

On 4 June 1699, during a drunken duel with Captain George Kirk, of the Royal Horse Guards, Seymour-Conway was wounded in the neck. He succumbed to the effects of the wound two weeks later, on 18 June in London.[4] The Conway estates passed to his brother Francis, who also assumed the name of Seymour-Conway and was created Baron Conway

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Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Baron Conway's Timeline

May 28, 1679
Berry Pomeroy,Devonshire,England
August 1705
Age 26
Ragley, Warwickshire, England
Age 38
Lindsey House,Chelsea,Middlesex,England
August 12, 1719
Age 40
February 3, 1731
Age 51