Duchy of Somerset

The Committee for Privileges of the House of Lords disposed of a case which has for months engrossed the interest of a large part of the British nation.

General Sir Edward Hamilton Seymour appeared before the Committee to prove his claim to the duchy of Somerset, disputed by Lord Hertford. The case has been hanging fire since 1923, when the 15th Duke died, and hinged upon the validity of a marriage contracted by Colonel Francis Seymour and Leonora Hudson in 1787.

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