Charles Herbert (Royal Navy officer)

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The Hon. Charles Herbert
Born 5 July 1774
Died 12 September 1808
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Post-captain
Commands held HMS Placentia (1791-1792)
HMS Amphitrite (1795 — 1797)
HMS Amelia (1797 — 1802)
HMS Uranie (1804 — 1805)
Battles/wars French Revolutionary Wars
Napoleonic Wars
Other work Member of Parliament for Wilton from 1806 until his death

The Honourable Charles Herbert (5 July 1774 – 12 September 1808) was a British Royal Navy officer, and the son of Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon. He rose to the rank of post-captain, enjoyed a successful series of frigate commands, but drowned on 12 September 1808.


Charles Herbert was the second son of Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon and Lady Elizabeth Alicia Maria Wyndham.[1] He married The Honourable Bridget Augusta Byng, daughter of John Byng, 5th Viscount Torrington on 9 July 1806.[1] They had one daughter, Augusta Elizabeth Herbert.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Promoted to post-captain in 1795, he commanded the 28-gun sixth rate Amphitrite,[2] and the frigates Amelia and Uranie. Although moderately successful with prize money in both Amphitrite and Uranie, Amelia scored capture after capture during his years in command, and must have netted him a considerable fortune in prize money.

Member of Parliament[edit]

He was elected as Member of Parliament for Wilton in the General Election of 1806,[3] and was re-elected in the General Election of 1807.[4] He held the post until his death in 1808, after which the seat lay vacant. He also accepted the Office of Steward of His Majesty's Manor of East Hundred, in the County of Berkshire.[3]


Captain Herbert drowned on 12 September 1808 aged 34.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "The". Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "No. 15339". The London Gazette. 21 February 1801. p. 222. 
  3. ^ a b "No. 15894". The London Gazette. 25 February 1806. p. 264. 
  4. ^ "Charles Herbert MP". Hansard. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Viscount FitzWilliam
Ralph Sheldon
Member of Parliament for Wilton
1806 – death, 1808
With: Ralph Sheldon 1804–1823
Succeeded by
Viscount FitzHarris
Ralph Sheldon