Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester

The Earl of Worcester
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Hastings, Countess of Worcester


Henry Somerset, 5th Earl of Worcester
Thomas Somerset, 1st Viscount Somerset
Catherine Somerset
Blanche Somerset
Frances Somerset
Noble family House of Beaufort
Father William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester
Mother Christian North
Born circa 1550
Died 3 March 1628
Quartered arms of Sir Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester, KG

Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester, KG, Earl Marshal (c. 1550 3 March 1628) was an English aristocrat.[1] He was an important advisor to King James I (James VI of Scots), serving as Lord Privy Seal.

He was the only son of three children born to the 3rd Earl of Worcester and Christiana North. On February 21, 1589, he succeeded his father as Earl of Worcester, and in 1593 he was made a Knight of the Garter.

In 1606 he was appointed Keeper of the Great Park, a park created for hunting by Henry VIII around Nonsuch Palace, of which Worcester Park was a part. The residence Worcester Park House was built in 1607.


He married Lady Elizabeth Hastings in December 1571. She was a daughter of Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon and Catherine Pole. Catherine was a daughter of Henry Pole, 1st Baron Montagu and Jane Neville. Jane was in turn a daughter of George Nevill, 4th Baron Bergavenny and Margaret Fenne. They had fifteen children among whom were:

Somerset is buried in the family chapel in the Church of St Cadoc, Raglan, Monmouthshire[4]



  1. "Somerset, Edward, fourth earl of Worcester". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
  2. 1 2 "Somerset, Sir Charles". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
  3. John Burke and John Bernard Burke., Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies, pp. 369-370
  4. Newman, John (2002). Gwent/Monmouthshire. New Haven; London: Yale University Press. p. 305. ISBN 978-0-300-09630-9.
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Essex
Master of the Horse
Succeeded by
Sir George Villiers
Preceded by
The 2nd Earl of Pembroke
Custos Rotulorum of Monmouthshire
Succeeded by
The 3rd Earl of Pembroke
Lord Lieutenant of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire
jointly with Henry Somerset 16261628

Succeeded by
The Earl of Worcester
Preceded by
In Commission
Earl Marshal
Succeeded by
In Commission
Preceded by
The Earl of Somerset
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
Sir John Coke
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Somerset
Earl of Worcester
Succeeded by
Henry Somerset
Baron Herbert
(descended by acceleration)


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