Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon

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The Right Honourable

The Earl of Carnarvon

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The Earl of Carnarvon.
Master of the Horse
In office
11 February 1806 – 31 March 1807
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Lord Grenville
Preceded by The Marquess of Hertford
Succeeded by The Duke of Montrose
Personal details
Born 20 August 1741
Died 3 June 1811
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Lady Elizabeth Alicia Maria Wyndham (d. 1826)
Alma mater Magdalene College, Cambridge

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. He served as Master of the Horse from 1806 to 1807 in the Ministry of All the Talents headed by Lord Grenville.

Background and education[edit]

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[edit]

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]

Family[edit]

Lord Carnarvon married Lady Elizabeth Alicia Maria Wyndham,[6] daughter of Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, on 15 July 1771. They had five sons and one daughter:

Carnarvon died in June 1811, aged 69, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Henry. Lady Carnarvon died in 1826.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Sawyer Herbert
Nicholas Herbert
Member of Parliament for Wilton
17681780
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
1806–1807
Succeeded by
The Duke of Montrose
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Carnarvon
1793–1811
Succeeded by
Henry Herbert
Baron Porchester
1780–1811