Catherine Vorontsov

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Countess Catherine Vorontsov

Countess Ekaterina Semyonovna Vorontsov (October 24, 1784 in Saint Petersburg – March 27, 1856 in London), sometimes spelled Woronzow, was the daughter of Semyon Vorontsov, the Russian ambassador in Britain from 1785, and the only sister of Prince Mikhail Vorontsov, Viceroy of New Russia and Caucasus (1782–1856).[1] She was also a niece of Princess Dashkova, a friend of Catherine the Great and a conspirator in the coup d'état that deposed Czar Peter III and put his wife on the throne.

In 1808, she married George Herbert, 11th Earl of Pembroke as his second wife and became Countess of Pembroke, Lady Pembroke, the chatelaine of Wilton House, Wiltshire.[2] The Wilton Estate, Salisbury held an exhibition on her life titled Through Russian Eyes in August 2008.[3] Her letters show her to have been a shrewd observer of European politics.


Name Birth Death Notes
Lady Elizabeth Herbert 1809 1858 married Richard Meade, 3rd Earl of Clanwilliam had issue
Hon. Sidney 16 September 1810 2 August 1861 Caroline Norton (affair) had no issue; married Mary Elizabeth Ashe à Court-Repington and had issue. He was made Baron Herbert of Lea in 1861. The current Earl of Pembroke descends from his second son who inherited the title in 1895.
Lady Mary Herbert 1813 1892 married George Brudenell-Bruce, 2nd Marquess of Ailesbury had no issue
Lady Catherine 31 October 1814 12 February 1886 married Alexander Murray, 6th Earl of Dunmore had issue
Lady Georgiana Herbert 1817 1841 married Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 4th Marquess of Lansdowne had no issue; she is Henry's 1st wife
Lady Emma 1819 1884 married Thomas Vesey, 3rd Viscount de Vesci had issue


  1. ^ Woronzow, HumphrysFamilyTree, accessed April 4, 2012
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl. Catherine Woronzow,, accessed 23 May 2012
  3. ^ "Yelp". Yelp. Retrieved 29 July 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Memoirs of Countess Golovine
  • What we did for the Russians ISBN 0955976006 p67