Authorised form of nameSomerset; Charles (1660 - 1698); Marquess of Worcester
Other forms of nameSomerset, Charles, Baron Herbert
Dates1660 - 1698
Dates and placesBaptism:
St Martin's-in-the-Fields, Westminster (December 1660)
Wales (13 July 1698)
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
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Youngest Fellow ever elected by the Royal Society (aged 12)
Proposed as a candidate by John Hoskins at a meeting on 7 May 1673; elected on 4 June 1673
RelationshipsSon of Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Arthur Capel, 1st Baron Capel, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Charles Morrison; predeceased his father, who was succeeded by his son; married Rebecca, daughter of Sir Josiah Child, Merchant, of Wanstead, Essex, and his second wife, Mary, daughter of William Attwood; nephew-by-marriage of Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon (FRS 1684); cousin of Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk (FRS 1672)
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/O2/150Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Charles Somerset, Baron Herbert19 August 1674
MC/7Volume 7 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1864-1866
EL/O2/117Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Charles Somerset, Baron Herbert10 June 1673
EL/O2/124Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Charles Somerset11 August 1673
MC/7/15Letter from H [Henry] Dircks, 7 Queen Street, Place, City, to Walter White, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]5 February 1864
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