Nicholas Herbert

Hon. Nicholas Herbert (c.1706 – 1 February 1775) was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1740 and 1774.


Herbert was born at Werrington, Devon, the 7th son of Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke, and his first wife Margaret Sawyer, daughter of Sir Robert Sawyer MP of Highclere, Hampshire. He was educated probably at Eton College in 1725 and matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 2 December 1726, aged 20.[1] He married Anne North, daughter of Dudley North, of Little Glemham, Suffolk on 19 July 1737.[2]

Herbert was returned as Member of Parliament for Newport in a by-election on 22 January 1740 on the Morice interest. He was returned unopposed in 1741. From 1742 to 1745 he was cashier and accountant to the Treasurer of the Navy. He was returned unopposed at Newport in 1747 and in a contest in 1754 [3]

In 1756 Herbert vacated his seat at Newport and was returned in a by-election on 17 April 1757 as MP for Wilton on the interest of his nephew Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke. He was appointed treasurer to Princess Amelia in 1757. However he lost his place as treasurer when George III came to the throne and was frustrated at not being offered any other post. He was returned unopposed at Wilton in 1761. In 1765 he was appointed Secretary of Jamaica, a post he held until his death. He was returned unopposed at Wilton in 1768 and 1774. He is not known to have spoken in Parliament or to have voted against any Administration.[4]

Herbert died on 1 February 1775 and was buried at Little Glemham. His only surviving child Barbara married Edward Stratford, 2nd Earl of Aldborough.[2]



Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Herbert
Sir John Molesworth
Member of Parliament for Newport
1740– 1754
With: Sir John Molesworth
Thomas Bury
Succeeded by
John Lee
Edward Bacon
Preceded by
Hon. Robert Sawyer Herbert
Colonel the Hon. William Herbert
Member of Parliament for Wilton
With: Hon. Robert Sawyer Herbert
Henry Herbert
Succeeded by
Henry Herbert
Captain Charles Herbert
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