Sir Edward Seymour, 3rd Baronet (10 September 1610 – 4 December 1688) of Berry Pomeroy Castle was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1640 and 1688. He fought for the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.

Berry Pomeroy Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle

Seymour was the eldest son of Sir Edward Seymour, 2nd Baronet, of Berry Pomeroy Castle, and his wife Dorothy Killegrew and a descendant of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, in the senior line. Because of the adultery of the Duke's first wife, the Dukedom had been entailed with preference to the sons of his second marriage.

In April 1640, Seymour was elected Member of Parliament for Devon in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Devon for the Long Parliament in November 1640.[1] He was appointed a colonel in the Royalist army in 1642 and was disabled from sitting in parliament in 1643. In the latter part of the Civil War he was imprisoned in Exeter and was not released until 1655. He inherited the baronetcy of Berry Pomeroy on the death of his father in 1659.[2]

After the Restoration in 1660, Seymour became Deputy Lieutenant for Devon, In 1661 he was elected MP for Totnes in the Cavalier Parliament and sat until 1679.[1] He was appointed Vice-Admiral of Devon in 1677 and held the position until his death. He served as High Sheriff of Devon for 1679–80. He was re-elected MP for Totnes in 1685 and sat until his death.[1]

Seymour died at the age of 78 and was buried on 7 December 1688. After his death an inventory of Berry Pomeroy Castle was drawn up.


Seymour married Anne Portman (died 1695) in 1630, the daughter of Sir John Portman, 1st Baronet, of Orchard Portman, Somerset (25 November 1612), and his wife Anne Gifford. They had five sons and one daughter:



Parliament of England Preceded byParliament suspended since 1629 Member of Parliament for Devon 1640–1643 With: Thomas Wise 1640Sir Samuel Rolle 1641–1643 Succeeded bySir Samuel RolleSir Nicholas Martyn Preceded byThomas ChafeThomas Clifford Member of Parliament for Totnes 1661–1681 With: Thomas CliffordSir Thomas BerryJohn KellandEdward Seymour Succeeded byCharles KellandJohn Kelland Preceded byCharles KellandJohn Kelland Member of Parliament for Totnes 1685–1689 With: John Kelland Succeeded byRawlin MallockSir John Fowell, 3rd Baronet Baronetage of England Preceded byEdward Seymour Baronet(of Berry Pomeroy) 1659–1688 Succeeded byEdward Seymour