SEYMOUR, Edward II (c.1580-1659), of Berry Pomeroy, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1580, 1st s. of Edward Seymour I. educ. M. Temple 1598. m. 15 Dec. 1600, Dorothy (d.1643), da. of (Sir) Henry Killigrew by his 1st w. Catherine, da. of Sir Anthony Cooke of Gidea Hall, Essex, 6s. 6da. Kntd. 1603; suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 1613.

Offices Held

Ambassador to Denmark 1603; gov. Dartmouth 1613; j.p. Devon, dep. lt. 1617, v.-adm. 1617.


Seymour was returned through the influence of his father-in-law, leaving no trace upon the records of his first Parliament. Early in 1601 he was brought to the notice of Sir Robert Cecil. He became an Admiralty official and privateer and was a Royalist in the civil war, when he was captured and Berry Pomeroy destroyed. He died on 5 Oct. 1659.

GEC Baronetage, i. 34; T. Westcote, View of Devonshire (1845), p. 480; Chamberlain Letters ed. McClure, i. 113; E. B. Powley, House of de la Pomerai, 114-15; H. St. Maur, Annals of the Seymours, 273-4; HMC Hatfield, xi. 175; xv. 9.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: W.J.J.