Herbert William Fisher

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Herbert William Fisher (30 July 1826 – 17 January 1903) was a British historian, best known for his book Considerations on the Origin of the American War (1865).

Fisher was born at Poulshot, Wiltshire, the son of Rev. William Fisher[1] (1799–1874), rector of Poulshot from 1823 to his death, and Canon of Salisbury Cathedral from 1834[2] and his wife Elizabeth Cookson (c. 1803–1851). He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford[3] and became a tutor in 1851 becoming tutor to the future King Edward VII in 1859.[1] He was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1855 and served as private secretary to Henry Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne. In 1862[4] he became private secretary to the Prince of Wales,[5] his former pupil, and became Keeper of the Privy Seal in 1865,[6] before being appointed to the position of Vice-Warden of the Stannaries, Cornwall in 1870.[7]

Fisher married Mary Louisa Jackson (30 December 1841 – 24 August 1916) on 5 Aug 1862 in Hendon, Middlesex.[8] She was born in Calcutta, the second daughter of John Jackson, physician in the Bengal Medical Service and her younger sister, Julia, was the mother of Virginia Woolf. her older sister, Adeline, married Henry Halford Vaughan. Fisher and his wife had seven sons and several daughters. The sons included historian H. A. L. Fisher, and Admiral Sir William Wordsworth Fisher. Among the daughters was Florence, Lady Darwin. Another daughter, Adeline Maria, was the first wife of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Fisher's funeral took place in Brockenhurst, Hampshire on 23 January 1903.[9] The King and Queen were represented by Major-General Sir Stanley Clarke.[9]


Dates of birth are from FamilySearch Community Trees.[8]


  1. ^ a b "The Prince of Wales" Times [London, England] 13 August 1859: 9. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 May 2012
  2. ^ Visitation of England and Wales, vol 13, ed. Frederick Arthur Crisp, privately printed, 1905, p. 147
  3. ^ "Oxford University Election." Times [London, England] 29 June 1859: 8. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 May 2012
  4. ^ "Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries", The Preston Guardian etc (Preston, England), Saturday, 29 November 1862; Issue 2682
  5. ^ "Court Circular." Times [London, England] 9 March 1863: 6. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 May 2012
  6. ^ "Court Circular." Times [London, England] 10 August 1865: 8. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 May 2012
  7. ^ "Fisher, Herbert William (FSR861HW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  8. ^ a b "Herbert William Fisher". Community Trees. Familysearch. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Court Circular." Times [London, England] 26 January 1903: 9. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 May 2012
  10. ^ a b "Herbert William FISHER (1825–1903)". Woolf, Creativity and Madness: from Freud to fMRI. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  11. ^ a b Ursula Vaughan Williams (1988). R.V.W.: a biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Oxford University Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-19-282082-2. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Deaths." Times [London, England] 15 April 1918: 6. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 May 2012
  13. ^ "Marriages." Times [London, England] 20 May 1912: 11. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 May 2012
  14. ^ "Mr. Edwin Fisher." Times [London, England] 29 January 1947: 7. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 May 2012