Henry Seymour (Redland)

Henry Seymour (21 October 1729 – 14 April 1807) was a British politician.


Seymour was the eldest son of Francis Seymour, of Sherborne, Dorset. He was educated at New College. In January 1746/7, he inherited the estate of East Knoyle from his uncle, William.[1]

In 1753, Seymour married Lady Caroline Cowper (d. 1773), daughter of William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper, by whom he had two daughters:

He inherited an estate at Sherborne, Dorset upon the death of his father in December 1761, and also owned estates at Redland Court, Gloucestershire, and Northbrook, Devonshire. After his father's death, he entered politics,[1] obtaining the office of Groom of the Bedchamber on 16 February 1763 and being returned as Member of Parliament for Totnes in a by-election that year. On 17 January 1765, he resigned his office as Groom of the Bedchamber.[2] In 1768, he was returned for Huntingdon. After buying an estate at Norton, Worcestershire, he was returned as a Whig for Evesham in 1774, but did not stand in 1780. He is only known to have addressed the House once, in 1776, supporting Fox's motion to inquire into the mismanagement of the American war.[1]

On 5 October 1775, after the death of his first wife in 1773, he married the widow Anne Louise Thérèse, Comtesse de Panthou. Louise (1741-1821) was daughter of Charles de la Martellière (b1700) and Claudine Louise de Lory (1706-1742). By this marriage he had one son:

Seymour and his wife moved to Paris in 1778, and he soon after bought an estate at Prunay. Around 1779 or 1780, Seymour became the lover of Madame du Barry. He separated from his second wife in early 1781.[1]

The French Revolution led him to flee France in August 1792, and he lost most of his property in that country through confiscation. He spent the rest of his life in retirement at Knoyle.[1] Seymour is often stated to have died in 1805, but his monument in Exeter Cathedral dates from 1807.[3] By this time, he had disposed of his estates at Sherborne, Redland, and Norton, leaving Knoyle and Northbrook to his son Henry.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Alger, J. G. (January 1897). "An English Lover of Madame DuBarry". The Westminster Review. 147: 26–37.
  2. Bucholz, R.O. (2006). "Index of officers: Sa - Sh". Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837. pp. 1431–1465.
  3. Lysons, Samuel (1822). "The city of Exeter". Magna Britannia. 6: Devonshire. pp. 177–234.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Browse Trist
Richard Savage Lloyd
Member of Parliament for Totnes
With: Richard Savage Lloyd
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Jennings-Clerke
Peter Burrell
Preceded by
Edward Montagu
Robert Jones
Member of Parliament for Huntingdon
With: Robert Jones 1768–1774
Hon. William Augustus Montagu 1774
Succeeded by
Hon. William Augustus Montagu
Sir George Wombwell
Preceded by
John Rushout
George Durant
Member of Parliament for Evesham
With: John Rushout
Succeeded by
John Rushout
Charles Boughton
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