Auberon Herbert, 9th Baron Lucas

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Lucas
PC
President of the Board of Agriculture
In office
6 August 1914 – 25 May 1915
Monarch George V
Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
Preceded by Walter Runciman
Succeeded by The Earl of Selborne
Personal details
Born 25 May 1876 (1876-05-25)
Died 3 November 1916 (1916-11-04)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Unmarried
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford

Auberon Thomas Herbert, 9th Baron Lucas and 5th Lord Dingwall PC (25 May 1876 – 3 November 1916) was a British Liberal politician and fighter pilot. He was a member of H. H. Asquith's cabinet as President of the Board of Agriculture between 1914 and 1915.

Background and education[edit]

Herbert was the second but eldest surviving son of the Hon. Auberon Herbert, younger son of Henry Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon. His mother was Lady Florence, daughter of George Cowper, 6th Earl Cowper. He was educated at Bedford School and Balliol College, Oxford.[1]

Military and political career[edit]

Herbert was a captain in the Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers) and worked as a war correspondent during the Boer War, where he was wounded and lost a leg. His elder brother, Rolf, had died in 1882 and his mother in 1886 and so in 1905 (as the nearest heir) he inherited the barony of Lucas and the lordship of Dingwall (which are able to pass through female lines) from his maternal uncle, the 7th Earl Cowper.[1] However, it was not until 1907 that he was confirmed in the titles by the Committee for Privileges of the House of Lords and allowed to take his seat in the House of Lords.[2]

Lucas was private secretary to Richard Haldane, the Secretary of State for War, from 1907 to 1908. In April 1908 he was appointed to his first ministerial post as Under-Secretary of State for War (with a seat on the Army Council) by H. H. Asquith, a post he held until 1911. He was Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies between March and October 1911 and then served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1911 to 1914.[1] He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1912[3] and in August 1914 he entered the cabinet as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.[4] However, he did not hold office in the coalition government formed by Asquith in May 1915.[1]

Lucas served as a captain in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. In 1916, he went missing and was presumed killed during a flight over German lines, aged 40.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Lucas never married. His titles passed to his sister, Nan Herbert.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Lundy, Darryl. "thepeerage.com Auberon Thomas Herbert, 9th Baron Lucas of Crudwell". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28580. p. 1049. 13 February 1912.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28864. p. 6199. 7 August 1914.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Portsmouth
Under-Secretary of State for War
1908–1911
Succeeded by
J. E. B. Seely
Preceded by
J. E. B. Seely
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
1911
Succeeded by
The Lord Emmott
Preceded by
Sir Edward Strachey, Bt
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Board of Agriculture and Fisheries

1911–1914
Succeeded by
Sir Harry Verney, Bt
Preceded by
Walter Runciman
President of the Board of Agriculture
1914–1915
Succeeded by
The Earl of Selborne
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Francis Cowper
Baron Lucas
1905–1916
Succeeded by
Nan Ino Herbert
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Francis Cowper
Lord Dingwall
1905–1916
Succeeded by
Nan Ino Herbert