The Most Honourable
The Marquess of Hertford
George Francis Alexander Seymour
20 October 1871
|Died||16 February 1940 (aged 68)|
Torquay, Devonshire, England
|Resting place||Westminster Abbey|
(m. 1903; div. 1908)
|Parents||6th Marquess of Hertford|
Hon. Mary Hood
Seymour was born 20 October 1871. He was the second child and eldest son of eight children born to Hugh Seymour, 6th Marquess of Hertford (1843–1912) and the Hon. Mary Hood. His siblings were Lady Margaret Alice Seymour (1869–1901), Lady Emily Mary Seymour (1873–1948), Lady Victoria Frederica Wilhelmina Georgina Seymour (1874–1960), Lady Jane Edith Seymour (b. 1877), Lord Henry Charles Seymour (1878–1939), who married Lady Helen Grosvenor, a daughter of the 1st Duke of Westminster, Lord Edward Beauchamp Seymour (1879–1917), and Lord George Frederick Seymour (1881–1940).
His paternal grandparents were Francis Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford, and Lady Emily Murray, daughter of David Murray, 3rd Earl of Mansfield. His maternal grandparents were Alexander Hood, 1st Viscount Bridport, a British Army officer, and Lady Mary Penelope, the daughter of Arthur Hill, 3rd Marquess of Downshire.
In 1895, he was sent to Australia by his family "for the good of his health and the country", due to his blatant behaviour. He settled in Mackay, growing sugar cane and bananas, but quickly created great animosity, due to being a dishonest employer: he was sued by a labourer (who won the case) for underpayment, and boasted tricking kanakas who purchased his chickens into thinking gold sovereigns were less valuable than silver half crowns.
He was noted for all-male house parties at his isolated residence 'The Rocks' near Mackay, and achieved notoriety for "skirt dancing" in a sequinned outfit with butterfly wings, as one newspaper phrased it: "gyrating in the fluffy serpentine dance before a Kanaka audience... His legs being tough and skinny his audience show little inclination to pot him as long pig." When he returned to England in 1897, a Mackay newspaper noted the citizens were "more interested in his departure" than his arrival.
From 1889 to 1894, he served in the Black Watch and was a Lieutenant in the Warwickshire Imperial Yeomanry. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant for Warwickshire and Justice of the Peace for Warwickshire.
In 1884, he became the Earl of Yarmouth and in 1901, he became the 7th Marquess of Hertford.
After his father's death on 23 March 1912, he succeeded as the 7th Earl of Hertford, the 7th Earl of Yarmouth, the 8th Baron Conway of Ragley, the 7th Viscount Beauchamp, the 7th Marquess of Hertford, and the 8th Baron Conway and Killultagh.
On 27 April 1903, he married heiress Alice Cornelia Thaw (1880–1955). She was the daughter of William Thaw Sr. At the wedding he extorted her parents to increase the dowry under the threat he would not go through the marriage. The marriage was annulled in 1908 due to non-consummation. As part of the divorce, all financial interests were returned to Thaw, and she resumed using her maiden name.
In May 1913, he became engaged to Mrs. Moss-Cockle, who was much older than him and received $3,250,000 by her former husband. By July of the same year, the engagement was called off, with The New York Times writing: "It is rumored that lately the course of true love has not been running as smoothly as it ought to in the case of the Marquis of Hartford and Mrs. Moss Cockie, whose engagement was recently announced."
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- Moore, Clive "Sunshine And Rainbows", University of Queensland Press, 2001, pp46-48
- "THE EARL OF YARMOUTH ON THE WITNESS STAND; Gave His Pedigree and Said that He Was a Real Earl. Valet Testified that Whenever His Master Paid His Wages, He Borrowed Part of It Back". The New York Times. 10 May 1901. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- The Clipper, Hobart, Tas, Sat 11 Apr 1896
- "LORD YARMOUTH MADE JUDGE AND JURY LAUGH; Said He Was Libeled in Australia, and Told Why He Did Not Sue. Drew a Funny Picture to Show How He Looked In Ballet Costume -- To Continue His Testimony Monday". The New York Times. May 11, 1901. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
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- "Mrs. Geoffrey Whitney, Broker's Widow And Member of Thaw Family, Dies at 75". New York Times. May 10, 1955. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
Alice Cornelia Thaw Whitney, the widow of Geoffrey G. Whitney, Boston stockbroker, and sister of the late Harry K. Thaw, died here yesterday in her home of ...
- "EARL OF YARMOUTH'S WEDDING; Arrangements for the Marriage of the British Nobleman to Miss Thaw Are Announced". The New York Times. 5 April 1903. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- "EARL OF YARMOUTH WINS MISS THAW; Titled English Actor and American Heiress Will Wed. Acquaintance Began Three Months Ago -- Bride-Elect Worth $1,000,000, and Will Inherit More Millions". The New York Times. 18 February 1903. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- MacColl, Gail; Wallace, Carol (2012). To Marry an English Lord. Workman Publishing. p. 352. ISBN 0-761-17198-3.
- "MRS. COPLEY THAW ENGAGED.; Former Countess of Yarmouth to Marry Boston Broker in Spring". The New York Times. 19 December 1912. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- "LADY YARMOUTH KEPT HER MONEY; Gave Only a Monthly Allowance to the Earl, and That May Stop. EARL WILL MAKE A FIGHT Mrs. Thaw, Suffering from Rheumatism, Will Not Attend the Opening of Her Son's Trial". The New York Times. January 5, 1908. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- "EARL LOSES THAW MONEY.; All Financial Interests Extinguished by Annullment of Yarmouth's Marriage". The New York Times. 13 October 1908. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- "YARMOUTH DECREE ABSOLUTE; Countess, Who Was Miss Alice Thaw, May Resume Maiden Name". The New York Times. 13 August 1908. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- "EX-LADY YARMOUTH RETURNS.; Now Known as Mrs. Copley Thaw -- Has Taken House in London". The New York Times. 19 November 1908. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- "HERTFORD TO MARRY AGAIN.; Former Earl of Yarmouth Engaged to a Widow with $3,250,000". The New York Times. 9 May 1913. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- "HERTFORD NOT TO MARRY.; Engagement of Former Husband of Alice Thaw to Mrs. Cockle Is Off". The New York Times. 3 July 1913. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Marquess of Hertford
- George Photographs of Francis Alexander Seymour, 7th Marquess of Hertford (1871-1940) at the National Portrait Gallery, London
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