Henry Arthur Herbert (1815–1866)
Henry Arthur Herbert
|Chief Secretary for Ireland|
27 May 1857 – 21 February 1858
|Prime Minister||The Viscount Palmerston|
|Preceded by||Edward Horsman|
|Succeeded by||Lord Naas|
|Died||26 February 1866|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
Herbert was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Kerry from 1847 until his death, and served as Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1857 to 1858. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Kerry in 1853.
Herbert was the grandson of Henry Arthur Herbert (1756–1821), MP for Kerry from 1806 to 1813 and the son of Charles John Herbert (1785-1823) and Louisa Anne (née Middleton) (1796-1828). He was educated at Eton and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1835.
In September 1837, Herbert married the artist Mary Balfour, whom he had met in Rome. They had four children: Eleanor (1839-1907), Henry Arthur (1840–1901), Charles (1842-1891) and Blanche (1846-1920).
Herbert's family owned the Muckross Estate near Killarney in County Kerry, and they moved there to Torc Cottage after their wedding. Mary brought a large dowry to the marriage, and in 1839 they began construction of the large Muckross House. It was finished in 1843, shortly before the Great Famine. Herbert is buried in Killegy graveyard, near Muckross village.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Henry Herbert