Authorised form of nameSomerset; Charles (1660 - 1698); Marquess of Worcester; nobleman and politician
Dates1660 - 1698
Date of birthDecember 1660
Place of deathWales
Date of death13 July 1698
Dates and placesBaptism:
St Martin's-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London, England, Europe (December 1660)
Raglan, Wales, Europe
Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1677; MA 1682)
Left for continent on 6 May 1673, and kept a diary of his travels; Commissioner for Assessment for Brecon (1677-1679), and Gloucestershire, Middlesex, Monmouth and Brecon (1689-1690); travelled to the Netherlands (1681); Colonel of Militia, Bristol (1682-1685); Member of the Council in the Marches of Wales (1682-1689); Custos Rotulorum for Radnorshire (1682-1689); Deputy Lieutenant of Monmouthshire (1683-1687), for Wiltshire (1683-1688), and for Gloucestershire (1685-1687); Member of the Committee of the HEIC (1683-1691); Colonel of a regiment of foot (1685-1687); MP for Monmouthshire (1685-1687, 1689-1695); died in a coach accident
Styled as Lord Herbert of Raglan from 1667 to 1682, then Marquess of Worcester.
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election04/06/1673
ProposerJohn Hoskyns
Other Royal Society activityYoungest Fellow ever elected by the Royal Society (aged 12); Proposed as a candidate on 7 May 1673
RelationshipsParents: Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort, and Mary Capel; predeceased his father
Married: Rebecca Child
Children: Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort; Lady Henrietta Somerset
Additional relatives: uncle-by-marriage Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon (FRS 1684); cousin Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk (FRS 1672)
General contextAfter the Glorious Revolution of 1688, Somerset started associating with Jacobite loyalists although there is some uncertaintiy about his exact political and religious affiliations. He was not particularly active in the Royal Society's work. He was a committee member of the Honorable East India Company (HEIC), an English and later British company formed to trade in the Indian Ocean region. The company ended up seizing control of large parts of the Indian subcontinent (and briefly Afghanistan) and colonised parts of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. In 1689, he held £1,000 of company stock.
Bulloch's Roll; GEC; Hunter; Foster; Henning
Diary of his travels from 1673 in archives of Duke of Beaufort [Dr Anne Benson transcribing]
Royal Society codeNA5755
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/H3/26Letter, from Herbert to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Blois18 July 1674
EL/H3/27Letter, from Herbert to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Orleans25 March 1675
EL/O2/117Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to Charles Somerset, dated at London10 June 1673
EL/H3/25Letter, from Herbert to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Aix12 April 1674
MC/7/15Letter from H [Henry] Dircks, 7 Queen Street, Place, City, to Walter White, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]5 February 1864
MC/7Volume 7 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1864-1866
EL/O2/124Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to Charles Somerset, dated at London11 August 1673
EL/O2/150Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to Charles Somerset, dated at London19 August 1674
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