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Henry Beaufort
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1436, England
Death: May 15, 1464, England

3rd Duke of Somerset
2nd Marquess of Dorset
5th Earl of Somerset
2nd Earl of Dorset

Son of Edward Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, and Lady Eleanor Beauchamp. Paternal grandson of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset, and Lady Margaret Holland. Maternal grandson of Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, and Elizabeth de Berkeley.

He was a first cousin of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII.

Somerset fought at the First Battle of St Albans, where he was seriously wounded and his father was killed. He was the principal Lancastrian commander at the Battle of Wakefield, the Second Battle of St Albans and the Battle of Towton. He fled to Scotland after the Lancastrian defeat at Towton.

He surrendered at the end of a castle siege in Northumberland and made peace with King Edward. The king pardoned Somerset on 10 March 1462, restoring his forfeited lands and titles.

For the next year, Henry remained close to Edward, attending his court and giving him military advice. But at the end of 1463 he slipped back over to the Lancastrian side, hurried north and started raising troops.

He held out in the far north of England until May 1464, when he was defeated at the Battle of Hexham. Shortly thereafter, Henry was captured and beheaded.

He died unmarried and left no legitimate children, but did have an illegitimate son by Joan Hill. His son Charles Somerset was later legitimized and became the 1st Earl of Worcester.

The Earls and Marquesses of Worcester and later the Dukes of Beaufort, descend from Charles Somerset. They are currently the last male line descendants of the Plantagenets.
Family links: 
  Edmund Beaufort (1406 - 1455)
  Charles Somerset (1460 - 1526)*
  Henry Beaufort (1436 - 1464)
  Edmund de Beaufort (1439 - 1471)*
  Anne Beaufort Paston (1443 - ____)*
  John de Beaufort (1455 - 1471)*
*Calculated relationship
Hexham Abbey
Northumberland Unitary Authority
Northumberland, England
Created by: A. I. Carroll-Zimmer
Record added: Oct 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79181281

For my 15th great grandfather
- Marilyn Becker
 Added: Apr. 20, 2015
15 Great Grandfather, You fought your way through life to an early grave. I pray you have found peace in Heaven.
- Joan Tesche
 Added: Mar. 14, 2015
Rest in peace, 17th Great-grandfather.
- Angela
 Added: Jan. 2, 2015
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