Edward Herbert, 3rd Earl of Powis

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Edward James Herbert, 3rd Earl of Powis
Edward James Herbert, 3rd Earl of Powis - Project Gutenberg eText 20074.jpg
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for North Shropshire
In office
Serving with William Ormsby-Gore
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Personal details
Born(1818-11-05)5 November 1818
The Angel Hotel, Pershore, Worcestershire, England
Died7 May 1891(1891-05-07) (aged 72)
Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, England
Resting placeSt Mary's Church, Welshpool, Wales
Political partyConversative
ParentsEdward Herbert, 2nd Earl of Powis
Lady Lucy Graham

Edward James Herbert, 3rd Earl of Powis (5 November 1818 – 7 May 1891), styled Viscount Clive between 1839 and 1848, was a British peer and politician.


Powis was born at The Angel Hotel, Pershore, Worcestershire,[1] the eldest son of Edward Herbert, 2nd Earl of Powis, and Lady Lucy, daughter of James Graham, 3rd Duke of Montrose. The Hon. Sir Percy Egerton Herbert was his younger brother and also a Member of Parliament.


He was educated at Eton College and St John's College, Cambridge, where he was president of the University Pitt Club,[2] and he graduated as MA in 1840 and LLD in 1848. He was also awarded an honorary degree as DCL by Oxford University.[3]

He was later appointed High Steward of Cambridge University in 1863.[3]

He was also President of the Powysland Club, founded in 1867, dedicated to the study of Montgomeryshire's history and other aspects of the county.[4]

Political career[edit]

1876 Vanity Fair caricature of the Earl of Powis by Spy.

Powis was returned to Parliament as one of two MPs for Shropshire North in 1843, a seat he held until 1848, when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.

Paternally great-grandson of Clive of India and grandson of a former Governor of Madras (Edward Clive, 1st Earl of Powis), the Earl was offered the Viceroyalty of India by then Prime Minister Disraeli in 1875, when aged 67, but declined, fearing his health "would not be suited to the rigours of the tropical climate". On the preserved envelope of the letter he scrawled, "Not worth considering - Powis."[5]

From the formation of County Councils in 1889, he was County Alderman for Shropshire and County Councillor for Montgomeryshire.[6]

He also served as Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire from 1877 to 1891, and was J.P. for the counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire.[6]

Military service[edit]

Powis (then Viscount Clive) was commissioned a cornet in the South Salopian Yeomanry Cavalry in 1840, and was captain by his father's death in 1848, when he succeeded him as colonel commanding the regiment. He remained in command until resigning in 1871, aged 63.[7]

Business Interests[edit]

Powis was chairman of the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company and of Welshpool Gas Company, who provided gas-lighting in Welshpool town.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Powis died at his London home at 45 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, in May 1891, aged 72, and was buried at St Mary's Church, Welshpool.[8] He was unmarried and was succeeded in the earldom by his nephew, George.


  1. ^ Weyman, Henry T. (1929). "Shropshire M.P.s - Memoirs". Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological Society (T.S.A.S.), Series 4, Volume XII. p. 27.
  2. ^ Fletcher, Walter Morley (2011) [1935]. The University Pitt Club: 1835-1935 (First Paperback ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-107-60006-5.
  3. ^ a b Venn, John (1947). Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part Two 1752-1900, Volume III. Cambridge University Press. p. 337.
  4. ^ a b "Obituary. The Earl of Powis". Eddowes' Shrewsbury Journal. 13 May 1891. p. 4.
  5. ^ Powis Castle, Powys. The National Trust. 1996. p. 62.Guidebook to Powis Castle.
  6. ^ a b Weyman, Henry T. (1929). "Shropshire M.P.s - Memoirs". T.S.A.S., Series 4, Volume XII. p. 28.
  7. ^ Gladstone, E. W. (1953). The Shropshire Yeomanry 1795-1845, The Story of a Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. The Whitethorn Press. pp. 44, 45, 53.
  8. ^ The Complete Peerage, Volume X. St Catherine's Press. 1947. p. 654.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. Sir Rowland Hill
William Ormsby-Gore
Member of Parliament for North Shropshire
With: William Ormsby-Gore
Succeeded by
William Ormsby-Gore
John Whitehall Dod
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Sudeley
Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Williams-Wynn, Bt
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Herbert
Earl of Powis
Succeeded by
George Charles Herbert