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Lord Hugh Seymour & King George IV

Hugh Seymour, later known as Lord Seymour, was born on the 29th of April, 1759. He was the 2x Great Grandfather of the husband of my 4th cousin's wife's niece. He was the 5th son of Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford and his mother, Isabella Fitzroy. At the time the Seymour-Conway family was one of the wealthiest families in England.

 

At the age of 11, at his own insistence, Hugh joined the Navy. He first served as Captain's servant on the yacht William and Mary and 2 years later moved to HMS Pearl under his relative Captain George Levison-Gower, stationed off Newfoundland.

 

By 1776 Hugh was a Lieutenant serving on board the Alarm during the American Revolutionary War. Following the Peace of Paris of 1783, which ended the war with America, Hugh took a home in London with his brother, Lord George Seymour and John Willet Payne, a navy officer and personal friend of George, the Prince of Wales.

 

The 3 men joined the Prince of Wales on many of his drinking exploits across London. Hugh and Prince George (later King George IV) became good friends for the rest of Hugh's life. However, their exploits worried Hugh's family (and, most likely the Prince's family as well) and, at his family's insistence, married Lady Anne Horatia Waldegrave in 1785 to curb his wild ways.

 

Hugh continued his career in the navy and was involved in the French Revolutionary War when the French Royalists called for aid from England and Spain to protect against the revolutionaries. Hugh joined the Admiralty in 1795 becoming a Lord of the Admiralty. In 1799 he was made Vice-Admiral and was sent to the West Indies as commander-in-chief of Jamaica Station in Port Royal, Jamaica. In 1800 Hugh fell ill with Yellow Fever and died aboard HMS Tisiphone in September, 1801. His body was returned to England and he was buried with his wife, who, co-incidentally, had died in Bristol, England, a few days before Hugh himself had died.

 

Hugh Seymour and his wife, Lady Anne, had 7 children, 6 of whom survived them:

 

Sir George Seymour, Admiral of the Fleet (1787-1870)

Hugh Henry John Seymour, Lieutenant-Colonel (1790-1821)

Sir Horace Beauchamp Seymour, Colonel (1791-1851)

William John Richard Seymour (1793-1801)

Frederick Charles William Seymour (1797-1856)

Mary Georgiana Seymour (died 1848)

Horatia Maria Frances Seymour (died 1853)