Thomas Somerset (politician)

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Sir Thomas Somerset DL (14 December 1870 16 June 1947) was an industrialist and Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) for North Belfast from 19291945.

Belfast North (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

Belfast North is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons.


Life and career

The son of James Somerset, an engineer, he was educated at Largymore, County Down. He established Thomas Somerset and Co. Ltd., linen manufacturers in 1891. This enterprise proved profitable, with factories at Belfast, Greyabbey and Portaferry, giving employment to about 1500 people. He was also a director of Commercial Insurance Co. of Ireland, Ltd., and Chairman of the Northern Counties Committee of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. [1]

County Down Place in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

County Down is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, in the northeast of the island of Ireland. It covers an area of 2,448 km2 and has a population of 531,665. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland and is within the province of Ulster. It borders County Antrim to the north, the Irish Sea to the east, County Armagh to the west, and County Louth across Carlingford Lough to the southwest.

Linen textile made from spun flax fiber

Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very strong, absorbent and dries faster than cotton. Garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot and humid weather.

Greyabbey village in the United Kingdom

Greyabbey or Grey Abbey is a small village, townland and civil parish located on the eastern shores of Strangford Lough, on the Ards Peninsula in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies 7 miles (11 km) south of Newtownards. Both townland and civil parish are situated in the historic barony of Ards Lower. It is within the Ards and North Down Borough. It had a population of 939 people in the 2011 Census.

Somerset was elected MP for North Belfast in 1929, holding his seat to 1945. He was knighted in 1936. [1]


Somerset married Ethel Parker of Cheshire and had two children, a son and daughter. The Somersets lived at The Weir, Upper Malone Road, Belfast.

Cheshire County of England

Cheshire is a county in North West England, bordering Merseyside and Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east, Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south and Flintshire, Wales and Wrexham county borough to the west. Cheshire's county town is the City of Chester (118,200); the largest town is Warrington (209,700). Other major towns include Crewe (71,722), Ellesmere Port (55,715), Macclesfield (52,044), Northwich (75,000), Runcorn (61,789), Widnes (61,464) and Winsford (32,610)

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  1. 1 2 Harbinson, John F. (1973). The Ulster Unionist Party, 1882–1973. Belfast: Blackstaff Press. p. 181. ISBN   0856400769.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas McConnell
Member of Parliament for Belfast North
1929 1945
Succeeded by
William Frederick Neill