The Semour / Saint Maur Family
Some background information on the Seymour / St. Maur Family, starting
with the 12th Duke of Somerset. More about 'Ferdy' St. Maur can be found in the
article 'Jacob Ravesteyn and the marriage of Earl St.
Maur' . For more information on the family, especially for earlier
generations, see for example: Geoffrey H. White (ed.), The Complete Peerage
or a history of the house of Lords and all its members from the earliest times,
Vol. XII, part I - Skelmersdale to Towton, London (The St. Catherine Press)
1953, p. 87. The most comprehensive book on the family is Annals of the Seymours written by Richard Harold St. Maur in 1902.
Some information on this page is taken from the book Strange Inheritance, by Sir John Colville, Salisbury (Michael Russell) 1983 and from the book The Dukes, by Brian Masters, London (Pimlico) 2001 (revised edition). Also information is taken from chapter XI of the book 'The Secret Life of the Earl St. Maur (1835-1869)'. by Joseph A.A. Silmon-Monerri (Manchester, UK Copyright 2002, published in 2010), a biography of the Earl and his family. Mr. Silmon-Monerri kindly co-operated by providing his information already before his book was published. The book is now available at Trafford Publishing.
I EDWARD ADOLPHUS
SEYMOUR (afterwards SAINT MAUR)
Born 20 Dec 1804 in Piccadilly, 12th Duke of Somerset, died 28 Nov 1885 at Stover Lodge, near Torquay, Devon, married 10 Jun 1830 JANE GEORGIANA SHERIDAN, born 5 Nov 1809, died 14 dec 1884, daughter of Thomas Sheridan and Carolina Henrietta Callander.
1 JANE HERMIONE SEYMOUR, born 1 Jan 1832, died 4 Apr 1909, married 26 Oct 1852 SIR FREDERICK ULRIC GRAHAM 3RD BARONET, OF NETHERBY, born 2 Apr 1820, died 8 Mar 1888, son of James Robert George Graham 2nd BT, of Netherby and Fanny Callander.
2 ULRICA FREDERICA JANE SAINT MAUR, born Burton Hall 12 jan 1833, died 26 Jan 1916, married London 1 Jun 1858 HENRY FREDERICK THYNNE, born 2 Aug 1832, died 28 jan 1904, son of Henry Frederick Thynne, Capt RN and Harriet Baring.
3 EDWARD ADOLPHUS FERDINAND SAINT MAUR, see II
4 EDWARD PERCY SAINT MAUR , born 19 Aug 1841, died 20 Dec 1865 in Yellapoor, India.
5 HELEN GUENDOLEN SAINT MAUR, born 1846, died 14 Aug 1910, married 10 Aug 1865 JOHN WILLIAM RAMSDEN, 5th Baronet of Longley and Byram, of Byram, Yorkshire, born 14 Sep 1831, died 1914, MP for Taunton (1853-1857) and Hythe (1857-1859), son of John Charles Ramsden MP and Isabella Dundas.
ADOLPHUS FERDINAND (FERDY) SAINT MAUR, EARL ST. MAUR
Born 17 Jul 1835, died London (Dover Street) 30 Sep 1869, unmarried , by ROSINA ELISABETH SWAN, born Higham, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk 1849, died 1873 (Rosina married Sep 1872 Francois Tournier), he left two illegitimate children:
1 RUTH MARY, see IIIa
2 RICHARD HAROLD, see IIIb
IIIa RUTH MARY ST. MAUR
Born 21 Oct 1867 at Tangier, Morocco, socialist and Suffragette activist, died 28 Jan 1953, married 8 Aug 1887 WILLIAM GEORGE FREDERICK CAVENDISH-BENTINCK, born 27 Aug 1856, barrister, died 13 Nov 1948, son of George Augustin Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck and Prudence Penelope Leslie.
1 FERDINAND WILLIAM, born 4 Jul 1888, was living in Nairobi, Speaker of Legislative Assembly in Kenya (before independance), 8th Duke of Portland (1978-1980), died 1980, married 1st 1912 (divorced 1950) WENTWORTH FRANCES HOPE-JOHNSTONE, born 1882, married 2nd 1950 GWYNETH EDWARD.
2 LUCY JOAN, see IVa
3 GEORGE AUGUSTUS FREDERICK, born 30 May 1891, died 7 Jun 1892.
4 VICTOR FREDERICK WILLIAM, see IVb
5 VENETIA BARBARA, born 18 Jul 1902.
IIIb RICHARD HAROLD ST. MAUR
Born 6 Jun 1869 at Brighton, inherited Stover and land at Newton Abbot, Major, fought in the Boer War in South Africa, later living at Horton Manor, died 1927 in Kenya, married 3 Jun 1891 ELIZABETH MARY PALMER, daughter of William H.F. Palmer and Honoria Cooper-Tuthill.
1 RICHARD WILLIAM MAXWELL, born 29 Mar 1892, Major in the service of the 14th Hussars, married 1919 NINA MARY MABEL CAMPBELL, daughter of Ion Douglas FitzGerald Campbell and Mabel Unsworth Quin.
2 EDWARD FERDINAND, born 1894, died 1969.
3 FREDERICK PERCY, see IVc
IVa LUCY JOAN
Born 6 Nov 1889, married 1922 SIR REGINALD HOARE, died 1954.
1 JOSEPH ANDREW CHRISTOPHER, born 1925, died around 1 Jan 2002.
IVb VICTOR FREDERICK WILLIAM (BILL)
Born 18 Jun 1897, died 1991, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee of the Chiefs of Staff and Foreign Office Advisor to the Directors of Plans (1939-1945), Ambassador to Poland (1945-1947), Director of various companies in the UK and abroad, Chairman of Bayer UK Ltd, President of the British Nuclear Forum, 9th Duke of Portland (1980-1991), married 1st 16 Feb 1924 (divorced 1947/48) CLOTHILDE BRUCE QUIGLEY, born 1904, married 2nd Jul 1948 KATHLEEN ELSIE TILLOTSON (BARRY), born 1912.
Children from the 1st marriage:
1 WILLIAM JAMES, born 6 Jul 1925, died 4 Sep 1966, married 1st 1949 (divorced 1954) PAMELA COLLINS, married 2nd 1954 (divorced 1960) INGER GRANTZAU-CHRISTENSEN, married 3rd 1960 (divorced 1965) ELEANOR BARBARA MURIEL LYGON, born 1938.
2 MARY JANE (MARGARET), born 16 Dec 1929, married 1st 1963 ALEXANDER GEORGIADIS, married 2nd STEPHAN GRAUBARD, professor at Harvard University USA.
IVc FREDERICK PERCY ST.
Born 1897, died 1973 at Swanmore, married around 1924-25 HOPE WILHELMINA ALBERMARLE BLAKENEY, died 1974, daughter of Colonel W.E.A. Blakeney and Mary Emily Long.
1 EDWARD ADOLPHUS FERDINAND, born 1924, photographer, died 1991, married around 1950 SHEILA MATHILDA HAMMOND, born 1922, died 1994.
2 GEMMA ELIZABETH, born 1925 at Camberley, died 1999, married 1947 PETER KEMMIS-BETTY, born around 1919, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Ghurka Regiment.
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