George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon

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The Earl of Carnarvon
Born George Reginald Oliver Molyneux Herbert
(1956-11-10) 10 November 1956 (age 58)
Predecessor 7th Earl of Carnarvon
Heir George Herbert, Lord Porchester (son)
Spouse(s) Jayne M. Wilby (1989-1998)
Fiona J. M. Aitken (1999-present)
Parents Henry Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon
Jean Margaret Wallop

George Reginald Oliver Molyneux Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon (born 10 November 1956) is a British peer and arable farmer.

A godson of Queen Elizabeth II,[1] he studied at Eton College, and graduated from St. John's College, Oxford. He succeeded his father to the title of 8th Earl Carnarvon on 11 September 2001.

His family seat, Highclere Castle, has since achieved notability as the primary filming location for the television series Downton Abbey. The Earl and his family live in part of the house while the rest is used as a venue for hire and open to tourists.

He is currently second in line to the Earldoms of Pembroke and Montgomery (being a patrilineal eighth cousin of the current Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, William Herbert).[2]

Family[edit]

Lord Carnarvon married Jayne M. Wilby on 16 December 1989, daughter of Kenneth A. Wilby and Princess Prospero Colonna di Stigliano. They divorced in 1998. They had two children:

  • Lady Saoirse Herbert (born 2 June 1991)
  • George Kenneth Oliver Molyneux Herbert, Lord Porchester (born 13 October 1992)

Then, on 18 February 1999 he married Fiona J. M. Aitken, daughter of Ronnie Aitken and Frances Farmer; they had one son:

  • Hon. Edward Herbert (born 10 October 1999).[3]

The current Lady Carnarvon is a historian who has written a biography of her predecessor, Almina, Countess of Carnarvon.[4]

Lord Carnarvon's uncle, his mother's brother, Hon. Malcolm Wallop, a rancher in Wyoming, served three terms in the United States Senate.[5]

Ancestry[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon
Arms of the Earl of Carnarvon.svg
Coronet
A Coronet of an Earl
Crest
A Wyvern with wings elevated Vert holding in the mouth a Sinister Hand couped at the wrist Gules
Escutcheon
Per pale Azure and Gules three Lions rampant Argent
Supporters
Dexter: a Panther guardant Argent semée of Torteaux and Hurts flames issuant from the mouth and ears proper; Sinister: a Lion Argent, each ducally gorged per pale Azure and Gules and chained Or and charged on the shoulder with an Ermine Spot Sable
Motto
UNG JE SERVIRRAY (ONE I WILL SERVE)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Nappy and glorious'". Daily Mail (London). 1 June 2012. 
  2. ^ William Herbert, 18th Earl of Pembroke
  3. ^ "George Reginald Oliver Molyneux Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon". thepeerage. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Robertson, Peter (19 October 2012). "My haven: Fiona, the 8th Countess, in the drawing room at Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey". Daily Mail (London). 
  5. ^ Pickett, Mary - "Downton Abbey" Close to Wyoming Rancher's Heart", Billings Gazette, January 11, 2013.[1]

External links[edit]

Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Herbert
Earl of Carnarvon
2001–
Succeeded by
current