G.B.E. C.B.E. group Colonel Hon. G.F. Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan, (g'son of Raglan of Crimea fame) later Under Secretary for War 1900-1902 and Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man 1902-1919

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G.B.E. 1st type, Civil, Grand Cross breast star and sash badge, silver gilt & enamels with full sash, C.B. Civil, neck badge, converted from breast badge, silver gilt hallmarks 1902, Afghan no clasp (Lieut. Hon. G.F. Somerset),  1887 Jubilee, 1902 Coronation, silver, 1911 Corontion (these last 4 mounted as originally worn)

Together with 1902 Coronation, 1911 Coronation on ladies bow issues with originl ribbons attributed to his wife, prev. Lady Jemima Ponsonby, d. of 7th Earl of Bessborough

George Fitzroy Henry Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan, b. 1857, godson of George V of Hanover, educ. Eton & Sandhurst, Page of Honour to the queen 1868-74, Sub-Lieut. unattached 1875, joined Grenadier Guards 1876, Orderly Officer to Major General Sir R. Payne in the 2nd phase of the Afghan War (medal & despatches). Lieut. Col. and Hon. Col. Royal Monmouthshire R. E. (M), 1901-8. He served as Under-Secretary of State for War un the Unionist Government headed by Lord Salisbury from 1900 to 1902 and was Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man from 1902 to 1919.  During his term as Lieutenant Governor he became the Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons in the Isle of Man from 1912 to 1919 and had a Lodge named in his honour.

Despite this he was already unpopular before the war, due to his intransigence in blocking popular reform measures which paralleled those being introduced in the United Kingdom by the Liberal government. Matters came to a head during the First World War, when he refused to help those in the Isle of Man who were in financial difficulty due to the wartime collapse of the tourist industry. There was no democratic means of removing the Lieutenant Governor, even though he controlled the Island's finances, and at Tynwald Day 1916 he was hit by a sod of earth thrown from the crowd, such was the odium felt towards him.

Lord Raglan married Lady Ethel Jemima Ponsonby, daughter of Walter Ponsonby, 7th Earl of Bessborough. They had six children.  He died in October 1921, aged 64, and was succeeded in the barony by his son, Fitzroy.


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