Henry Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Carnarvon
The Earl of Carnarvon.
Personal details
Born 8 June 1800
London, England
Died 10 December 1849 (1849-12-11) (aged 49)
Pusey, Oxfordshire
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Henrietta Anna Howard-Molyneux-Howard (died 1876)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Henry John George Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon, FRS (8 June 1800 – 10 December 1849), styled Lord Porchester from 1811 to 1833, was a British writer, traveller, nobleman, and politician.

Background and education[edit]

Herbert was born in London, the older son of Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon, and his wife Elizabeth Kitty Acland, daughter of John Dyke Acland. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Public life[edit]

In 1831 Porchester was elected to the House of Commons for Wootton Bassett as a Tory, a seat he held until the following year when the constituency was abolished by the Great Reform Act.[1][2] In 1833 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1841.[1] It was during Carnarvon's lifetime that the family seat of Highclere Castle was redesigned and rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry into a Victorian mansion.


Herbert played first-class cricket in 1822 when he was recorded in one match, totalling 1 run with a highest score of 1 and holding 2 catches.[3]


Lord Carnarvon married Henrietta Anna Howard-Molyneux-Howard, eldest daughter of Lord Henry Thomas Howard-Molyneux-Howard, in 1830. They had three sons - the 4th Earl of Carnarvon, born 1831, the Hon. Alan Percy Harty Molyneux Howard Herbert, born 1836, and the Hon. Auberon Edward William Molyneux Howard Herbert, born 1838, and two daughters, the Lady Eveline Alicia Juliana Howard Herbert, later Countess of Portsmouth, born in 1834, and the Lady Gwendolen Ondine Herbert Herbert, born in 1842.[4][5] He died at Pusey, Oxfordshire in December 1849, aged 49, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, who became a prominent Conservative politician. His second son, the Honourable Dr Alan Herbert, was awarded the Legion of Honour by the French government in 1871 for his service as a medical doctor during the siege of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War, and he remained there as the physician in charge of the Hertford Hospital until 1901.[6] His third son, the Honourable Auberon Herbert, also gained distinction. Lady Carnarvon died in 1876.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d thepeerage.com Henry John George Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)
  3. ^ "Henry Herbert". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Mair, Robert H. (1884). Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. London: Dean and Son. pp. 127–28. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index 1837-1915". Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com, LLC. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Hardinge, Arthur 'Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, Fourth Earl of Carnarvon' (OUP 1920) pp 31-39

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount Mahon
Thomas Hyde Villiers
Member of Parliament for Wootton Bassett
With: Viscount Mahon
Constituency abolished
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry George Herbert
Earl of Carnarvon
Succeeded by
Henry Howard Herbert