William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset (1588-1660) Royalist commander



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Seymour made a secret marriage at Greenwich on 22 June 1610 to Arbella Stuart (died 1615), daughter of Charles Stuart, 1st Earl of Lennox and Elizabeth Cavendish.James I disapproved of the marriage as the union of two potential Tudor pretenders to the throne. As a result, William was condemned to life imprisonment in the Tower of London. In June 1611 Seymour escaped from the Tower, planning to meet up with Arbella, who also had escaped captivity. They were to flee to the Continent, but bad weather and other circumstances prevented their meeting, and Arbella was recaptured and placed back in the Tower. William managed to reach safety abroad at Ostend, but was never reunited with Arbella who remained in the Tower until her death in 1615.
Engraved by Thomas Phillibrown after the original by Sir Anthony van Dyck, for ‘Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain’ by Edmund Lodge FSA. Published by Bohn, London 1849.

Steel engraving
Digital image size 2656 x 2656 px
22.5 cm x 22.5 cm (300 dpi)