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Herbert family

Herbert family

The Herbert family is an Anglo-Welsh noble family founded by William Herbert, known as "Black William", the son of William ap Thomas, founder of Raglan Castle, a follower of Edward IV of England in the Wars of the Roses. The name Herbert originated in 1461 when William was granted the title Baron Herbert of Raglan, having assumed an English-style surname in place of his Welsh patronymic, ap William.

Notable members

  • George Herbert, poet.
  • Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Chirbury, poet.
  • William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, founded Pembroke College, Oxford, and sponsored the printing of the First Folio of William Shakespeare's plays.
  • Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington took the Invitation to William to The Hague, disguised as a simple sailor, and commanded William's invasion fleet during the Glorious Revolution which ousted James II.
  • Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
  • George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, financial backer of the search for and the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings.



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