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Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset

Birthplace: St. Albans, Herefordshire, England
Death: May 15, 1464 (28)
Hexham, Northumberland, England (Beheaded by Yorkists)
Place of Burial: Hexham Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset and Eleanor de Beauchamp, Lady Rokesley
Partner of Joan Hill
Father of Charles, Earl of Worcester and Humphrey Beaufort
Brother of Lady Eleanor Butler, Countess of Wiltshire; Joan Frye; Lady Anne Beaufort; Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Stafford; Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset and 3 others
Half brother of Thomas de Ros, 9th Lord de Ros of Helmsley; Richard de Ros and Margaret de Ros

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About Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset

"Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset (26 January 1436 – 15 May 1464) was an important Lancastrian military commander during the English Wars of the Roses. He is sometimes numbered the 2nd Duke of Somerset, since the title was re-created for his father after his uncle died. He also held the subsidiary titles of 5th Earl of Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Dorset and 2nd Earl of Dorset."







(please note that this website has a different numbering system for titles)

Titles of Sir Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset: (Royal Ancestry) 3rd Duke of Somerset Marquess of Dorset Earl of Somerset Earl of Dorset Lieutenant and Warden of the Isle of Wight 1457 Captain of Calais 1459 Captain of Guines 1459-60 joint Captain of Bamborough Castle 1462 of Corfe Castle, Dorset Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset[1]

single; d. May 1464[1]


Edmond Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp dau. Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick


Joan Hill. Issue:[1] • Charles Somerset (c.1460-1526). Later legitimized and titled Earl of Worcestor[1]


• Lancastrian commander[1] • 1423: Duke of Somerset[2][3]


(Royal Ancestry) He commanded the Lancastrian army at the Battle of Hexham in Northumberland 15 May 1464, where he was defeated and captured. Henry Beaumont, 3rd Duke of Somerset, was beheaded by the Yorkists at Hexham the same day as his capture. His mistress Joan Hill, was granted an annuity of 10 marks by King Henry VII in 1493.

(Royal Tombs of Medieval England) henry Beaufort's eldest son, Henry, fought with the victorious Lancastrian army at Wakefield in 1460, and the defeated Lancastrians at Towton the following year. He escaped from Towton to Bamburgh Castle, but later surrendered to Edward IV. In 1464, the duke raised an army to support the restoration of Henry VI, but was defeated at Hedgeley Moor in Northumberland (25 April) and Hexhm, also in Northumberland (10 May). Henry Beaufort was executed after the battle of Hexham and buried in the priory church. There is no record of a monument, although a brass matrix recorded in the eighteenth century may have come from his tomb.

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Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset's Timeline

January 26, 1436
St. Albans, Herefordshire, England
Age 23
Ragland, Somersetshire, England
Age 25
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK
May 15, 1464
Age 28
Hexham, Northumberland, England
November 26, 1932
Age 28
November 26, 1932
Age 28
April 12, 1933
Age 28
Mesa Arizona Temple, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
April 12, 1933
Age 28
April 9, 1970
Age 28
Salt Lake City Utah Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA