Person:William Herbert (58)

William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke
d.16 Jul 1491
m. Sep 1466
  1. Elizabeth Herbert - abt 1513
  • HWilliam Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke
  • WJane DUNN
m. BEF 8 Mar 1484/1485
Facts and Events
Name William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke
Alt Name William Herbert, of Huntingdon & Pembroke
Gender Male
Birth? abt 1455 Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wales
Marriage Sep 1466 Windsor, Berkshire, Englandto Mary Woodville
Marriage BEF 8 Mar 1484/1485 to Katharine Plantagenet
Death? 16 Jul 1491
Reference Number? Q1638516?
Burial? Tintern-Abbey, Monmouthshire, Wales

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William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (5 March 1451 – 16 July 1491) was the son of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Anne Devereux. His maternal grandparents were Walter Devereux, Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Elizabeth Merbury.

He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1469. In 1479, he surrendered the earldom, and was created Earl of Huntingdon. A Yorkist, he married Mary Woodville, sister of the queen, Elizabeth Woodville, and they had one daughter, Elizabeth Herbert, 3rd Baroness Herbert.

He was the least wealthy of the earls of his time, and after his marriage to his second wife, Katherine, a natural daughter of King Richard III of England in 1484, he received an annuity of some 600 pounds a year, nearly doubling his income. Katherine is presumed to have died by 1487, because when William participated in the coronation of his first wife's niece, Elizabeth of York, he was noted to have been a widower.

Herbert remained loyal to Richard III. After the rebellion of 1483 he received the post of Chief Justice of South Wales, which had been the Duke of Buckingham's.[1]

When Henry of Richmond landed in south Wales in 1485 Herbert's position forced Henry to take a roundabout route into England.[1] It is likely that a Herbert agent first notified Richard III of Henry's landing. Herbert did not, however, fight at Bosworth.

When he died, his only child, Elizabeth Herbert, received the Herbert lands, including Raglan Castle, but not his title. However, oddly, his earldom did not pass to his younger brother, Walter Herbert. The earldom would however be granted again to the Herbert family in 1551 as the tenth creation to his nephew, Sir William Herbert, the son of Sir Richard Herbert, an illegitimate son of William's father. The Herbert family today, still retains the earldom of Pembroke among others.

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  1.   William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.