SOMERSET Elizabeth (F32)

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F32/33/98 - For 53 years Raglan Turberville Henry Somerset, of Hill House (formerly Alma Cottage), was warden of the ruins of Raglan Castle and Church Warden of St Cadoc's Church in Raglan. RTH (as he was known) was directly descended from the first Marquess of Worcester who defended Raglan Castle for King Charles I against the Roundheads under General Fairfax. He was married to Elizabeth Horatia Anne, great granddaughter of Admiral Horatio Nelson. The family's motto "Mutare vel timere sperno, (I scorn either to change or fear.)" can be traced to the first Marquis of Worcester. This motto can still be seen on the the great banqueting-room in the Stately Hall at Raglan Castle as well as in Hill House.

RTH and Elizabeth are buried at the bottom of St Cadoc's churchyard, along with their two children, daughter-in-law, grandson and son-in-law.



(F32) In fond memory of ELIZABETH HORATIA ANNE. THE DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF RAGLAN H. SOMERSET, Eldest child of HORATIO N. NELSON-WARD, Rector of Radstock. Born June 24th 1858

(F32) Also of RAGLAN TURBERVILLE HENRY SOMERSET Son of the REV. WILLIAM SOMERSET Rector of Woolaston, Glos. for 53 years Warden of Raglan Castle. Born April 20th 1859, Died 2 June, 1938. A devoted husband, father and friend

(F33b) RAGLAN HORATIO EDWYN HENRY SOMERSET (Raglan HEH). Q.C., Recorder of Gloucester. Born 4th Aug 1885, Died 29 April, 1956


(F98) WILLIAM JOHN FRANCIS TRIBE, Born 16th May 1924, Died 7th Feb 2004, A friend of the sea


In 1885, newlyweds Raglan Turberville Henry (T.H.) Somerset and his wife, Elizabeth Horatia Anne Nelson-Ward Somerset, moved to Alma House (now known as Hill House)in Raglan Village. Alma House had been built in 1854 by the Duke of Beaufort and named for Lord Raglan's Battle of Alma. Here, the Somersets raised their family. For the next 53 years, Raglan T.H. Somerset served as Warden of the ruins of Raglan Castle, where his ancestors defended the Castle for King Charles I against the Parliamentary Forces under Oliver Cromwell.

Raglan T.H. Somerset and his wife Ellizabeth Somerset are also remembered for their service to St Cadoc's Church. A plaque inside St Cadoc's Church reads, In memory of Raglan Turberville Henry Somerset. 1859-1958 Warden of Raglan Castle, Churchwarden of this Church And of his wife - Elizabeth Horatia Anne, 1858-1929, Great Grandaughter of Lord Nelson,Worshiping in this church for 50 years They did what they could


Raglan T.H. Somerset was a son of the late Rev. William Somerset, Rector of Woolaston, Gloucestershire, by his second marriage with Georgina Amelia, daughter of the late Lieutenant-General William Lindsay Darling. He was a grandson of the Rev. Lord William George Henry Somerset, Prebendary of Bristol, sixth son of the fifth Duke of Beaufort.

Elizabeth Horatia Anne, daughter of the late Rev Horatio Nelson Ward, Rector of Radstock and Great Grandaughter of Horatia Nelson Admiral Horatio Nelson


Lily Horatia Ethel Georgina (Horatia), the daughter of Raglan T.H. Somerset, lived in London in the early years of the First World War. There, she met and married Hugh Norcott Durant (Lieutenant-Colonel H.A. Durant, late The Royal Irish Rifles, of Kentchurch, Hereford). They lived in Sussex and Hereford. After the death of Colonel Durant, Horatia returned to Raglan.

We are grateful for Mrs Durant's leadership in establishing the Raglan Local History Group in 1955. This group continues to study and celebrate our history through an annual series of winter lectures and summer outings. After her death, the Horatia Durant Memorial Prize Essay Competition was established in her memory. This Essay Competition continues to encourage Raglan Primary School children to study and learn about local history. Mrs Anna Tribe, daughter of Raglan H.E.H. and grandaughter of Raglan TH, continues to serve as President of the Raglan Local History Group

Horatia's brother, Mr. Raglan H.E.H (Horatio Edwyn Henry), Somerset, became Recorder of Gloucester. In 1915, he married Adelaide Millicent Blanche Gwendolen Somerset (known as Millicent Somerset). She was born 13th October 1888 and died from a hunting accident on 20th January 1958. Millicent was well known for her horsemanship. She was the master of the Monmouthshire Hunt for some years and was a fixture in the Ladies Race of the Annual Raglan Point-to-Point Races. She was also a long time member of the Raglan Women's Institute. The WI minutes record a personal talk that she gave to the Raglan WI on her travels from 1911 to 1929:

In 1913, Mrs Somerset went, with her father (Arthur William Fitzroy Somerset) and 11 men, to the West Indies, where her father was Captain of the MCC side Cricket Team at the test match at Trinidad.

  • 1919: Journeyed over to Switzerland for the Winter Sports.
  • 1919: Germany and up the Rhine. Ireland in April. May & June, visited France, Belgium and Holland
  • 1915. eventful year -- married
  • 1922 to 1927. Many different places were visited. Mrs Somerset giving very jovial items of things happening including Mrs Somerset's experiences
  • 1929. Anna Somerset (Mrs Tribe) was born.

During the First World War, both HEH and Millicent Somerset worked for MI5 and, in 1939, they hosted evacuees from London at their home in Raglan (as did many other families). Also in Raglan, Millicent supported the war effort by operating a Fruit Preservation Centre (Jam centre) at Hill House to aid the food shortages and the war effort. Between 1941 - 1945 the Raglan W.I. bottled over 1,000 jars of jam.

Sadly, Millicent Somerset died in 1958, aged 69 years, after a hunting accident. She was buried in St Cadoc's Churchyard 24 January 1958.

Their daughter. Anna Somerset was born in 1929. She is the current President of the Raglan and District Local History Group.


Family Tree: Raglan Turberville Henry Somerset

1938: Mr. R.T. H. Somerset, Obituary

The Times, Saturday, Jun 04, 1938; pg. 14, Issue 48012, col D.

Mr Raglan Turberville Henry Somerset died in Monmouth Hospital on Thursday, at the age of 79. His home was at Hill House, Raglan, and for 53 years he had been Warden of the ruins of Raglan Castle. He was directly descended from the first Marquess of Worcester, who gallantly defended Raglan Castle for King Charles I against the Parliamentary Forces under Oliver Cromwell.

Mr. Somerset, who was born on April 20, 1859, was a son of the late Rev. William Somerset, rector of Woolaston, Gloucestershire, by his second marriage with Georgina Amelia, daughter of the later Lieutenant-General William Lindsay Darling. He was a grandson of the Rev. Lord William George Henry Somerset, Prebendary of Bristol, sixth son of the fifth Duke of Beaufort. In 1884 Mr. Somerset married Elizabeth Horatia Anne, daughter of the Rev Horatio Nelson Ward, rector of Radstock. She died in 1929. They had two children, a son and a daughter. The son is Mr. Raglan H.E.H., Somerset, Recorder of Gloucester, and the daughter Mrs. Durant, wife of Lieutenant-Colonel H.A. Durant, late The Royal Irish Rifles, of Kentchurch, Hereford. Mr. Somerset will be buried to-morrow in the grave in Raglan Churchyard where his wife was buried. He had been a churchwarden of Raglan Church for half a century. -- Mr R.T.H. Somerset, Funeral

The Times, Tuesday, Jun 07, 1938; pg. 15; Issue 48014, col A. Deaths

The funeral of Mr. Raglan Turberville Henry Somerset, for 53 years Warden of Raglan castle took place at Raglan on Sunday. The Rev. Thomas Wright officiated, assisted by the Archdeacon of Monmouth (the Ven. A.E. Monahan), the Rev. Ivor Davies, the Rev. R. Shelley Plant, and the Rev. D.J. Sproule. The family mourners and others present included: Mr. And Mrs Raglan H. Somerset (son and daughter-in-law), Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. H.A. Durant (daughter and son-in-law), Mr. And Mrs Cecil Somerset, the Duke of Beaufort, Lord Raglan, Sir Henry Mather-Jackson (Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire) and Lady Mather-Jackson. Mrs. Charles Somerset, Lieutenant Colonel and the Hon. Mrs Hopkinson, the Rev. H. Nelson Ward, Lady Curre

Sir Humphrey Mackworth. Brigadier-General E.A. Herbert, Major I Berrington, Mr St. John Micklesthwait, K.C.. Mr. Pryce-Jenkins, Mr. A.A. Warren, Major L. Llewellyn, Mr. Harris T. Bailey, Mr. A.G. Fennel, Colonel W.R. Lucas (Chief Constable of Monmouthshire). Mrs Crawshay, Miss Dallimore, Mr. E.T.C. Bowen, the Rev. A.S. Morgan, the Rev. Joseph Jones. Dr Morgan Langdon, Mr. and Mrs Corbett Winder, and Colonel N. Fargus

-- SOMERSET Raglan Turberville Henry of Hill House Raglan Monmouthshire died 2 June 1938 at the Monmouth General Hospital. Administration (with Will) Llandaff 15June to Raglan Horatio Edwyn Henry Somerset barrister-at-law and Lily Horatio Durant (wife of Hugh Norcott Durant). Effects £4422 10s. 9d. (England & Wales,National probate Calendar (index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


Mrs Anna Tribe, descendant of Lord Nelson and the Somersets


The Descendants of Lord Nelson

Tribe family GEDCOM file

The Peerage

Admiral Horatio Nelson, Hero of Trafalgar

The life of Lord Nelson By Tales of Curiousity

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