Thomas Somerset, 1st Viscount Somerset

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Thomas Somerset, 1st Viscount Somerset (1579 [1] 1651) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1601 and 1611. He was raised to the Peerage of Ireland in 1626.

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In 1601, Somerset was elected Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire. [3] He became a member of Gray's Inn on 7 August 1604. [2] In 1604 he was re-elected MP for Monmouthshire and sat until 1611. [3] He was knighted as Knight of Bath on 5 January 1605. In December 1626, he was raised to Peerage of Ireland as Viscount Somerset of Cashel. [2]

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Somerset died in 1651 and the title became extinct. [2]

Somerset married Eleanor de Barry, daughter of David de Barry, 5th Viscount Buttevant. [2] She was the widow of Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond, who died in November 1614.

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References

  1. "Somerset, Sir Charles". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 W R Williams Parliamentary History of the Principality of Wales
  3. 1 2 Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp.  onepage&q&f&#61, false 229–239.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Henry Herbert
John Arnold
Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire
1601–1611
With: Henry Morgan 1601
Sir John Herbert 1604–1611
Succeeded by
Walter Montagu
William Jones