Henry Arthur Herbert (1840–1901)
He was the son of Henry Arthur Herbert (1815–1866), and his wife the Scottish watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. His great-grandfather was Henry Arthur Herbert (1756–1821), MP for Kerry from 1806–1813,
He inherited his father's Muckross House and estate, near Killarney. In the 1870s this estate amounted to over 47,000 acres in County Kerry. Under Henry Arthur Herberts reign the fortunes of the Muckross estate declined until it became insolvent in 1897. A year later, the estate was forfeited to the Standard Life Assurance Company and the long association of the Herbert family with Muckross House was ended.
After the auction of the property in November 1899 had failed, it was bought a week later by Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun. At that time Henry Arthur Herbert suffered from Parkinson's disease and was living in the home of his doctor in Watford (Hertfordshire), where he died in August 1901. He is buried in the Killegy graveyard near Muckross House.
Henry Arthur Herbert was a JP and Deputy Lieutenant for Kerry.
Shortly after his father's death, Henry Arthur Herbert married the Hon. Emily Julia Charlotte Keane (*12 Jan 1848, †2 Jul 1911) from County Waterford, the daughter of Edward Arthur Wellington Keane, 2nd Baron Keane, and Louisa Caroline Lydia Benyon. He petitioned for divorce (The Times, 29 April 1882) on the grounds of his wife's adultery with Charles B. Greenfield, and the couple were divorced in the early 1880s. Neither party remarried. They had three children, Henry Arthur Edward Keane Herbert (1867-1931), Kathleen Keane Herbert (1868-) and Gladys Keane Herbert (1873-).
- Muckross House: The Herberts
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Henry Herbert
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Henry Arthur Herbert (father)
|Member of Parliament for Kerry
1866 – 1880
With: Valentine Browne 1866–1871
Rowland Ponsonby Blennerhassett 1872–1880
Rowland Ponsonby Blennerhassett
Sir Rowland Blennerhassett
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