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Duke of Somerset

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Duke of Somerset
BornFrancis Edward Seymour
May 1, 1882
Colombo, Ceylon
DiedApril 26, 1954 (age 71)

Sir Evelyn Francis Edward Seymour, 17th Duke of Somerset, was a British Army officer, landowner, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire and president of the Magic Circle.

Early life

The son of Edward Seymour, 16th Duke of Somerset, by his marriage to Rowena Wall, Seymour was born in Colombo, Ceylon. He returned to England and was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, and later at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Military career

Seymour served throughout the South African War and received the Queen’s medal with five clasps. He took part in the operations in the Aden Protectorate in 1903.

During World War II, Somerset returned to the army. With effect from 1 November 1939, he was appointed a Lieutenant Colonel of the Devonshire Regiment,[4] in which he commanded a battalion, and later held an appointment as a full colonel on the General Staff.

Civilian life

Somerset was a member of The Magic Circle for many years, having first joined it in 1907, after becoming a pupil of Ernest Noakes. He became the organization's President in 1935, after the death of Lord Ampthill.


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