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William Somerset
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William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester in his suit of Greenwich armor
Born c.1526
Died 21 February 1589
Hackney
Resting place Raglan, Monmouthshire
Title 3rd Earl of Worcester
Tenure 1549–1589
Nationality English
Successor Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester
Spouse(s) Christian North
Issue Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester
Elizabeth Somerset
Lucy Somerset
Parents Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester
Elizabeth Browne

William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester KG (c. 1526 - 21 February 1589) was born before 1526 to Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester and his second wife Elizabeth Browne.

On 26 November 1549, he succeeded his father and became the 3rd Earl of Worcester. Before 19 May 1550, Worcester married Christian North. She was a daughter of Edward North, 1st Baron North and his wife Alice Squire.[1] They were parents to three children:

  • Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester (d. 3 March 1628).
  • Elizabeth Somerset. Married William Windsor. He was a namesake son of William Windsor, 2nd Baron Windsor by his wife Margaret Sambourne.
  • Lucy Somerset. Married Henry Herbert, Esquire.[1]

Worcester supported Lady Jane Grey in 1553. He was invested as Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.) in 1570. William Somerset died at his house Hackney on 21 February 1589 and was buried at Raglan.[1]

He was a patron of the arts, and sponsored - among others - the eminent Elizabethan actor Edward Alleyn.

Notes

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Somerset
Earl of Worcester
1549–1589
Succeeded by
Edward Somerset
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