Henry Beaufort, 2nd Earl of Somerset

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Henry Beaufort
Earl of Somerset
Arms of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset.svg
coat of arms of Beaufort, earls and dukes of Somerset
Predecessor John Beaufort, 1st Earl
Successor John Beaufort, 3rd Earl, 1st Duke
Born 26 November 1401 (probable)
Died 25 November 1418(1418-11-25) (aged 16)
Siege of Rouen, France
Family House of Beaufort
Father John Beaufort, 1st Earl
Mother Margaret Holland

Henry Beaufort, 2nd Earl of Somerset (probably 26 November 1401 – 25 November 1418) was the eldest son of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset, and the grandson of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Katherine Swynford.

Henry succeeded his father as Earl of Somerset on 16 March 1410. During his minority, his mother, Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Somerset held his lands for him until he reached the age of 15. When Henry was seventeen, he was placed under the command of Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter, his uncle, at the Siege of Rouen during the Hundred Years' War where he, as well as a number of other nobles, met his demise, although the exact reasons of his death are unknown.[1] He never married and was succeeded by his younger brother, John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset.


  1. ^ Harriss, G.L, Cardinal Beaufort: A Study of Lancastrian Ascendancy and Decline (Oxford: Clarendon, 1988), 102.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Beaufort
Earl of Somerset
2nd creation
Succeeded by
John Beaufort
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