Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon

Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon PC (20 August 1741 – 3 June 1811), known as The Lord Porchester from 1780 to 1793, was a British Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1768 to 1780 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Porchester. He served as Master of the Horse from 1806 to 1807 in the Ministry of All the Talents headed by Lord Grenville.

The Earl of Carnarvon

The Earl of Carnarvon.
Master of the Horse
In office
11 February 1806  31 March 1807
MonarchGeorge III
Prime MinisterThe Lord Grenville
Preceded byThe Marquess of Hertford
Succeeded byThe Duke of Montrose
Personal details
Born20 August 1741
Died3 June 1811 (1811-06-04) (aged 69)
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Lady Elizabeth Alicia Maria Wyndham
ParentsWilliam Herbert
Catherine Elizabeth Tewes
Alma materMagdalene College, Cambridge

Background and education

Herbert was the son of Major-General the Honourable William Herbert (c. 1696 – 31 March 1757), fifth son of Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke. His mother was Catherine Elizabeth Tewes (d. 28 August 1770). Educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge,[1] he inherited Highclere Castle from his uncle the Honourable Robert Sawyer Herbert in 1769.

Political career

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.[2] In 1793 he was further honoured when he was made Earl of the Town and County of Carnarvon, in the Principality of Wales.[3] He later served as Master of the Horse from 1806[4] to 1807 in the Ministry of All the Talents headed by Lord Grenville and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1806.[5]

Marriage and progeny

On 15 July 1771 Lord Carnarvon married Lady Elizabeth Alicia Maria Wyndham (d. 1826)[6] a daughter of Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, by whom he had five sons and one daughter:

Death and burial

Carnarvon died in June 1811, aged 69.


  1. "Herbert, Henry (HRBT769H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. "No. 12124". The London Gazette. 3 October 1780. p. 1.
  3. "No. 13541". The London Gazette. 25 June 1793. p. 543.
  4. "No. 15888". The London Gazette. 8 February 1806. p. 177.
  5. "No. 15889". The London Gazette. 11 February 1806. p. 189.
  6. Lundy, Darryl. "Lady Elizabeth Alicia Maria Wyndham". The Peerage.
  7. Lundy, Darryl. "Lady Frances Herbert". The Peerage.
  8. Lundy, Darryl. "Rev. Hon. George Herbert". The Peerage.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Sawyer Herbert
Nicholas Herbert
Member of Parliament for Wilton
With: Nicholas Herbert 1768–1775
Charles Herbert 1775–1780
Succeeded by
Lord Herbert
William Gerard Hamilton
Political offices
Preceded by
The Marquess of Hertford
Master of the Horse
Succeeded by
The Duke of Montrose
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Carnarvon
Succeeded by
Henry Herbert
Baron Porchester

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