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Image result for George Seymour, 7th Marquess of HertfordGeorge Francis Alexander Seymour, 7th Marquess of Hertford[1] (20 October 1871 - 16 February 1940) was the son of Hugh Seymour, 6th Marquess of Hertford.

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).[2]

His paternal grandparents were Francis Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford, and Lady Emily Murray, daughter of David Murray, 3rd Earl of Mansfield.[3] 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.[4]

In 1895, he was sent to Australia by his family "for the good of his health and the country", due to his blatant behaviour.[5] He settled in Mackay, growing sugar cane and bananas, but quickly created great animosity, due to being a dishonest employer:[6] 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.[7]

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."[8] When he returned to England in 1897, a Mackay newspaper noted the citizens were "more interested in his departure" than his arrival.[9]

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.[10]

He appeared on stage in the United States in one of Charles Frohman's companies under the name of Eric Hope.

He filed for bankruptcy in 1909 and 1910, shortly before inheriting his father's titles and estate, Ragley Hall.[11]

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Ragley Hall, Alcester

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,[12] 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.[13] [14]

On 27 April 1903, he married heiress Alice Cornelia Thaw (1880–1955).[15] She was the daughter of William Thaw Sr.[16] At the wedding he extorted her parents to increase the dowry under the threat he would not go through the marriage.[17] The marriage was annulled in 1908 due to non-consummation.[18] [19] As part of the divorce, all financial interests were returned to Thaw,[20] [21] and she resumed using her maiden name.[22] [23]

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.[24] 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."[25]

Lord Hertford died at his home in Torquay, Devonshire in 1940, aged 68 and childless. His titles passed to his nephew, Hugh Seymour.[26]

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  1. ^ George Seymour, 7th Marquess of Hertford, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  2. ^ cite book|last1=Linzee|first1=John William|title=The Lindeseie and Limesi Families of Great Britain: Including the Probates at Somerset House, London, England, of All the Spellings of the Name Lindeseie from 1300 to 1800|date=1917|publisher=Priv. Print. [The Fort Hill Press]|page=747|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=ZEAtAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA747&lpg=PA747|accessdate=28 September 2017|language=en
  3. ^ cite book|last1=Urban|first1=Sylvanus|title=The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. 183|date=1848|publisher=E. Cave|page=657|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=ZVoyAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA657&lpg=PA657|accessdate=28 September 2017|language=en
  4. ^ cite news|title=GREAT FAMILIES; Special Histories That Reach to the Present Day THE HOUSE OF CECIL. By G. Ravenscroft Dennis. THE SEYMOUR FAMILY. By A. Audrey Locke. THE CAVENDISH FAMILY. By Francis Bickley. LA TREMOILLE FAMILY. By Winifred Stephens, Illustrated. Houghton Mifflin Company. $2.50.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9D02E3D6133DE333A2575BC1A9669D946596D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=18 October 1914
  5. ^ Moore, Clive "Sunshine And Rainbows", University of Queensland Press, 2001, pp46-48
  6. ^ cite news|title=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.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9A0DEEDC1030E132A25753C1A9639C946097D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=10 May 1901
  7. ^ Moore, Clive "Sunshine And Rainbows", University of Queensland Press, 2001, pp46-48
  8. ^ The Clipper, Hobart, Tas, Sat 11 Apr 1896
  9. ^ Moore, Clive "Sunshine And Rainbows", University of Queensland Press, 2001, pp46-48
  10. ^ cite book|last1=Mosley, Ed.|first1=Charles|title=Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes|date=2003|publisher=Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd|location=Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A|url=http://www.thepeerage.com/s1.htm#s37|accessdate=28 September 2017
  11. ^ cite book|last1=Aldrich|first1=Robert|last2=Wotherspoon|first2=Garry|title=Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History Vol.1: From Antiquity to the Mid-Twentieth Century|date=2005|publisher=Routledge|isbn=9781134722150|page=403|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=tLkYkutHlyAC&pg=PA403&lpg=PA403|accessdate=28 September 2017|language=en
  12. ^ cite news|title=MARQUIS OF HERTFORD DEAD. His Heir Is the Earl of Yarmouth, Who Married Alice Thaw.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9507E5DA133AE633A25757C2A9659C946396D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=24 March 1912
  13. ^ cite web|title=Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page|url=http://www.leighrayment.com/peers/peersH3.htm|website=leighrayment.com|accessdate=28 September 2017
  14. ^ cite book|last1=Dismore|first1=Jane|title=Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain|date=2014|publisher=Bonnier Publishing Ltd.|isbn=9781905825752|page=36|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=YRXgBgAAQBAJ&pg=PT36&lpg=PT36|accessdate=28 September 2017|language=en
  15. ^ cite news |author= |coauthors= |title=Mrs. Geoffrey Whitney, Broker's Widow And Member of Thaw Family, Dies at 75 |url=https://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0A14F8345B167B93C2A8178ED85F418585F9 |quote=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 ... |work=New York Times |date= May 10, 1955|accessdate=2010-10-09
  16. ^ cite news|title=EARL OF YARMOUTH'S WEDDING; Arrangements for the Marriage of the British Nobleman to Miss Thaw Are Announced.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9806E3D81E30E733A25756C0A9629C946297D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=5 April 1903
  17. ^ cite news|title=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.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9B07EEDC1130E733A2575BC1A9649C946297D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=18 February 1903
  18. ^ cite book|last1=MacColl|first1=Gail |last2=Wallace|first2=Carol |title=To Marry an English Lord|year=2012|publisher=Workman Publishing|isbn=0-761-17198-3|page=352
  19. ^ cite news|title=MRS. COPLEY THAW ENGAGED.; Former Countess of Yarmouth to Marry Boston Broker in Spring.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9D03E4DA1E3AE633A2575AC1A9649D946396D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=19 December 1912
  20. ^ cite news|title=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.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9406E7DE1639E333A25756C0A9679C946997D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=January 5, 1908
  21. ^ cite news|title=EARL LOSES THAW MONEY.; All Financial Interests Extinguished by Annullment of Yarmouth's Marriage.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9802E6DE103EE233A25750C1A9669D946997D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=13 October 1908
  22. ^ cite news|title=YARMOUTH DECREE ABSOLUTE; Countess, Who Was Miss Alice Thaw, May Resume Maiden Name.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9803E1D8123EE233A25750C1A96E9C946997D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=13 August 1908
  23. ^ cite news|title=EX-LADY YARMOUTH RETURNS.; Now Known as Mrs. Copley Thaw -- Has Taken House in London.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9803EFDF113EE233A2575AC1A9679D946997D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=19 November 1908
  24. ^ cite news|title=HERTFORD TO MARRY AGAIN.; Former Earl of Yarmouth Engaged to a Widow with $3,250,000.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9C0CE7D7173FE633A2575AC0A9639C946296D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=9 May 1913
  25. ^ cite news|title=HERTFORD NOT TO MARRY.; Engagement of Former Husband of Alice Thaw to Mrs. Cockle Is Off.|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9D01E0DF163DE633A25750C0A9619C946296D6CF&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=3 July 1913
  26. ^ cite news|title=MARQUESS OE HERTFORD; Former Husband of Alice Thaw Dies in Devonshire at 68|url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9E05E6DD1E31E43ABC4F52DFB466838B659EDE&legacy=true|accessdate=28 September 2017|work=The New York Times|date=17 February 1940