Henry Herbert, 17th Earl of Pembroke

Henry George Charles Alexander Herbert, 17th Earl of Pembroke, 14th Earl of Montgomery (19 May 1939 – 7 October 2003), styled Lord Herbert between 1960 and 1969 and often known simply as Henry Herbert, was a British landowner, member of the House of Lords, film director, and producer.

The Earl of Pembroke
BornHenry George Charles Alexander Herbert
(1939-05-19)19 May 1939
Died5 October 2003(2003-10-05) (aged 64)
Title17th Earl of Pembroke
14th Earl of Montgomery
Other titlesLord Herbert (1960-69)
Other namesHenry Herbert
OccupationFilm director and producer

Background and education

Herbert was the only son of the 16th Earl of Pembroke and 13th Earl of Montgomery and his wife, Mary (a daughter of the 1st Marquess of Linlithgow) and a godson of Prince George, Duke of Kent. Through the 11th Earl of Pembroke, he descended from Countess Catherine Vorontsov.[1] He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford and briefly served with the Royal Horse Guards from 1958–60 before in 1969 inheriting his father's titles and estate centred on Wilton House in Wiltshire.

Career in film industry

Herbert began to take an interest in the film business in the 1960s and worked on the set of The Heroes of Telemark (1965).[2] After making documentaries about musicians, the first feature film he directed was Malachi's Cove (1974),[2] also known as The Seaweed Children, starring Donald Pleasence and Arthur English, but he is best remembered for his second film, Emily (1976), a picture set in the 1920s starring Koo Stark. He also worked on episodes of the TV series Shoestring and Bergerac, as well as directing the film Crossmaheart (1998). In 1997 he co-produced The Girl with Brains in Her Feet.[2]

In their book Great Houses of England & Wales (1994), Hugh Massingberd and Christopher Simon Sykes commented that "The present Lord Pembroke is (as Henry Herbert) a film and television director, best known for the Civil War drama series By the Sword Divided and for Emily."[3]


On 20 January 1966 he married Claire Rose, daughter of Douglas Gurney Pelly, scion of the Pelly baronets.[4] The couple divorced in 1981. They had four children:

  • Lady Sophia Herbert (10 December 1966) she married Alexander Murray-Threipland in 2001. They have one son:
    • Finnian Wyndham Murray-Threipland(13 April 2004)
  • Lady Emma Herbert (12 March 1969) she married Robin Vickers in 2005. They have two children:
    • Vanessa Esvedra Rose Vickers (2006)
    • Vincent Sidney Vickers (2009)
  • Lady Flora Herbert (22 September 1970)
  • William Alexander Sidney Herbert, 18th Earl of Pembroke (18 May 1978) he married Victoria Bullough on 29 May 2010. They have four children.

In 1988 he married Miranda Juliet (born 1962), daughter of Lt John Somerville Kendall Oram, of Whitwick Manor, Ledbury, Herefordshire, and his first wife, Juliet Hermione, daughter of John Roland Abbey, of Redlynch House, Salisbury, the former High Sheriff of Sussex.[5] They had three daughters.

  • Lady Jemima Herbert (4 October 1989)
  • Lady Alice Herbert (10 November 1991)
  • Lady Katie Herbert (26 August 1997)

Pembroke died in 2003, and his titles and estates passed to his only son, William Herbert.



  1. Woronzow, HumphrysFamilyTree, accessed 4 April 2012. Catherine's father, Count Semyon Vorontsov, the Russian ambassador to Britain, brought the family to London in 1785.
  2. Harris M. Lentz III, ed., Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003, p. 188
  3. Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, Christopher Simon Sykes, Great Houses of England & Wales (1994), p. 131
  4. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 2003, vol. 3, pg 3088
  5. Burke's Landed Gentry 1965, 'Abbey of Redlynch House, formerly of Greyfriars' pedigree, pg 1
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Sidney Charles Herbert
Earl of Pembroke
Succeeded by
William Alexander Sidney Herbert
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