Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke

Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke

Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke and 5th Earl of Montgomery, KG, PC, FRS (c. 1656 – 22 January 1733), was a British politician during the reigns of William III and Anne.

He was the third son of Philip Herbert, 5th Earl of Pembroke and his wife Catharine Villiers. Both of his brothers having died without a male heir, he succeeded to the earldoms in 1683.

In 1684, he married Margaret, only daughter of Sir Robert Sawyer of Highclere, by whom he had seven sons and five daughters:
*Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke (c.1689–1750)
*Hon. Robert Sawyer Herbert (d. 1769)
*Hon. Charles Herbert
*Hon. Thomas Herbert (c.1695–1739)
*Maj-Gen. Hon. William Herbert (c.1696–1757)
*Hon. John Herbert
*Hon. Nicholas Herbert (c.1706–1775)
*Lady Catherine Herbert (d. September 1716), married Sir Nicholas Morice, 2nd Baronet
*Lady Margaret Herbert (d. 15 December 1752)
*Lady Elizabeth Herbert
*Lady Anne Herbert
*Lady Rebecca Herbert, married William Nevill, 16th Baron Bergavenny

From 1690 to 1692 he was First Lord of the Admiralty; then he served as Lord Privy Seal until 1699, being in 1697 the first plenipotentiary of Great Britain at the congress of Ryswick.

His second wife was Barbara (d. 1 August 1721), daughter of Sir Thomas Slingsby, 2nd Baronet, by whom he had one daughter:
*Lady Barbara Herbert (d. 27 December 1752), married Edward Dudley North on 3 October 1730

By his third wife, Mary Howe (d. 1749), sister of Scroop Howe, 1st Viscount Howe, he had no children. She subsequently married John Mordaunt.

On two occasions he was Lord High Admiral for a short period; he was also Lord President of the Council and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, while he acted as one of the Lords Justices seven times; and he was President of the Royal Society in 1689–1690.


*cite book | title=The Official Baronage of England: showing the succession, dignities, and offices of every peer from 1066 to 1885, Vol. III | first=James William Edmund | last=Doyle | publisher=Longmans, Green & Co. | location=London | year=1886 | url= | accessdate=2007-01-25
*cite book | title=Peerage of England | first=Arthur | last=Collins | publisher=F.C. and J. Rivington | year=1812 | pages=142–143 | url= | accessdate=2007-11-03

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