Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester

Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester, KG (c. 1460 – 15 March 1526) was an English nobleman and politician. He was the legitimised[citation needed] bastard son of Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset by his mistress Joan Hill.

Charles Somerset
Earl of Worcester
Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester.jpg
Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester holding white staff of Lord Chamberlain of the Household to King Henry VIII
Born1460
Died15 March 1526 (aged 65–66)
Noble familyBeaufort
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Herbert, 3rd Baroness Herbert
Elizabeth West
Eleanor Sutton
Issue
Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester
Elizabeth Somerset
Charles Somerset
George Somerset
Mary Somerset, Baroness Grey de Wilton
FatherHenry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset
MotherJoan Hill
Arms of Sir Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester, KG, showing the arms of Beaufort with baton sinister, with escutcheon of pretence of Herbert, circumscribed by the Garter
Garter stall plate of Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester, showing the arms of Beaufort with baton sinister impaling Per pale azure and gules, three lions rampant argent (Herbert, for his first wife, shown here apparently with field inverted as Per pale gules and azure)

OriginsEdit

He was born in about 1460, an illegitimate son of Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset[1] by his mistress Joan Hill.[2]

CareerEdit

He was invested as a Knight of the Garter in about 1496. On his marriage in 1492 he was styled Baron Herbert in right of his wife, and in 1506 he was created Baron Herbert of Ragland, Chepstow and Gower.[3] On 1 February 1514, he was created Earl of Worcester and was at some time appointed Lord Chamberlain of the Household to King Henry VIII.[4] As Lord Chamberlain, Somerset was largely responsible for the preparations for the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520.

Marriages & progenyEdit

He married three times, although his second marriage is uncertain:

Death & burialEdit

Somerset died on 15 March 1526 and was buried with his first wife at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Burke, John, Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of peerage, baronetage and knightage, (G.P.Putnam's Sons:New York, 1914), 207.
  2. ^ Gurney, E. Henry, Reference handbook for readers, students, and teachers of English history , (Ginn & Company:Boston, 1890), 55.
  3. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Worcester, Earls and Marquesses of". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 820.
  4. ^ Chisholm 1911.
  5. ^ Burke, 207.
  6. ^ McClain, Molly, Beaufort: the duke and his duchess, 1657-1715, (Yale University Press, 2001), xxi
  7. ^ Jonathan Hughes, "Somerset [formerly Beaufort], Charles, first earl of Worcester (c. 1460–1526)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2004; online edition, January 2007 [accessed 1 Sept 2010] (Subscription required for online version)
  8. ^ Burke, 207

ReferencesEdit

  • Burke, John, Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of peerage, baronetage and knightage, G.P.Putnam's Sons:New York, 1914.
  • Gurney, E. Henry, Reference handbook for readers, students, and teachers of English history , Ginn & Company:Boston, 1890.
  • McClain, Molly, Beaufort: the duke and his duchess, 1657-1715, Yale University Press, 2001.
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Oxford
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1486–1509
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Guilford
Preceded by
Giles Daubeny
Lord Chamberlain
1508–1526
Succeeded by
The Earl of Arundel
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New Creation
Earl of Worcester
1514–1526
Succeeded by
Henry Somerset