Charles Somerset, 4th Duke of Beaufort

The Duke of Beaufort
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Berkeley


Father Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort
Mother Rachel Noel
Born 12 September 1709
Died 28 October 1756 (1756-10-29) (aged 47)

Charles Noel Somerset, 4th Duke of Beaufort (12 September 1709 28 October 1756) was the younger son of Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort, and his second wife, Rachel Noel. Because his brother had no issue, on 24 February 1746, on his brother's death, he succeeded him and became 4th Duke of Beaufort, 12th Lord Herbert, and Marquess of Worcester. He held the Doctor of Civil Law degree from Oxford.

On 1 May 1740, he married Elizabeth Berkeley, sister of Norborne Berkeley, 4th Baron Botetourt. Elizabeth died on 9 April 1799. The couple had one son and five daughters:

  1. Lady Anne Somerset (11 March 1741 – 18 May 1763), married Charles Compton, 7th Earl of Northampton on 13 September 1759 and had issue
  2. Lady Elizabeth Somerset (12 March 1742 – 7 May 1760)
  3. Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort (1744–1803), his heir and successor
  4. Lady Rachel Somerset (August 1746 – May 1747)
  5. Lady Henrietta Somerset (26 April 1748 – 24 July 1770), married Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 4th Baronet on 6 April 1769, without issue
  6. Lady Mary Isabella Somerset (1 August 1756 – 2 September 1831), married Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland on 26 December 1775 and had issue

The 4th Duke of Beaufort is buried at St Michael and All Angels Church, Badminton.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir William Morgan
John Hanbury
Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire
With: John Hanbury
Succeeded by
John Hanbury
Thomas Morgan
Preceded by
Edward Kemeys
Member of Parliament for Monmouth
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Kemeys-Tynte, Bt
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Scudamore
Duke of Beaufort
Succeeded by
Henry Somerset

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