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Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Henry Herbert 1st Earl of Carnarvon
20 August 1741 – 3 June 1811


Henry Herbert

Henry Herbert 1st Earl of Carnarvon was the son of Major-General the Honourable William Herbert, fifth son of Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke. His mother was Catherine Elizabeth Tewes. Educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge, he inherited Highclere Castle (DWW-Site of Downton Abbey) from his uncle the Honourable Robert Sawyer Herbert in 1769.

Herbert sat in the House of Commons as one of two representatives for Wilton from 1768 to 1780. The latter year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Porchester, of Highclere in the County of Southampton. In 1793 he was further honoured when he was made Earl of the Town and County of Carnarvon, in the Principality of Wales. He later served as Master of the Horse from 1806 to 1807 in the Ministry of All the Talents headed by Lord Grenville and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1806.

Lord Carnarvon married Lady Elizabeth Alicia Maria Wyndham, daughter of Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, on 15 July 1771. They had five sons and one daughter:

  • Henry George Herbert, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon (1772–1833).
  • Capt. Hon. Charles Herbert (1774–1808).
  • Very Rev. Hon. William Herbert (1778–1847).
  • Lady Frances Herbert (c. 1782–1830), married Thomas Moreton, 1st Earl of Ducie and had issue.
  • Rev. Hon. George Herbert (1789–1825), vicar of Tibenham, Norfolk.
  • Hon. Algernon Herbert (1792–1855), antiquary.

Carnarvon died in June 1811, aged 69, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Henry. Lady Carnarvon died in 1826.

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