Henry Arthur Herbert (1756–1821)

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Henry Arthur Herbert the elder (c. 1756 – 21 June 1821, Westminster) was a major landowner in County Kerry, Ireland, and a member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge.[1]

Henry Arthur was the son of Thomas Herbert, who had amassed a fortune by exploiting the copper mines of the Muckross Peninsula and Ross Island areas of the Lakes of Killarney in Kerry. The Herbert family had originally come from Montgomeryshire in Wales in the 17th century. In 1770 the Herberts inherited the large estates of the MacCarthy family in the Killarney area.

He was Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom for County Kerry and Tralee in Ireland between 1806 and 1813. He commenced the building of Muckross House on his estate in Killarney.

He should not be confused with his grandson, also Henry Arthur Herbert (the younger), who married Mary Balfour Herbert with whom he built the present Muckross House. He became Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1857 to 1858 and hosted Queen Victoria on her visit to his estate at Muckross in 1861.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Herbert, Henry Arthur (HRBT774HA)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Irwin
George Germain
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
1782 – 1786
With: John Irwin 1782–1783
George Medley 1783–1790
Succeeded by
John Irwin
James Cuninghame
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Crosbie
Maurice FitzGerald
Member of Parliament for Kerry
18061812
With: Maurice FitzGerald
Succeeded by
James Crosbie
Maurice FitzGerald
Preceded by
James Stephen
Member of Parliament for Tralee
1812 – 1813
Succeeded by
James Evan Baillie