- Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke
He was the third son of
Philip Herbert, 5th Earl of Pembrokeand 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)
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
*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 Sealuntil 1699, being in 1697 the first plenipotentiaryof Great Britainat 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 Counciland Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, while he acted as one of the Lords Justices seven times; and he was President of the Royal Societyin 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=http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC14464012&id=DO8IAAAAIAAJ&dq | 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=http://books.google.com/books?id=xlI5AAAAMAAJ | accessdate=2007-11-03
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