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Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke

(Left) The 8th Earl, as a young man, c.1676.
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(Right) Margaret Sawyer, in the late 1690s.
See full size. See wider shot. From National Trust. From collection at Petworth House, West Sussex.

Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke,
and 5th Earl of Montgomery, K.G.,
born 1656.
See thepeerage and and wikipedia and wikitree.
He succ 1683.
He mar 1stly, July 1684, to Margaret Sawyer [born 1665-67].
From 1686 to his death in 1733, his London town house was 12 St James's Square, London.
President of the Royal Society 1689-90.
He founded the Wilton Royal Carpet Factory (royal charter 1699).
Margaret died 17 Nov 1706, age 39-41 yrs.
She was bur 9 Dec 1706, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire. See findagrave.
He had issue by 1st wife:

  1. Catherine Herbert,
    mar Sir Nicholas Morice, 2nd Baronet,
    had issue:

    1. Catherine Morice.

    2. Barbara Morice,
      mar 1728 to Sir John Molesworth, 4th Baronet [of Pencarrow, Cornwall] and had issue.

  2. Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke.
    He was born c.1688-1689 (age about 4 in 1692 or 1693).
    Most genealogies say he was born 29 Jan 1693 but, as [Complete Peerage] points out, this is confusion with his brother.
    His grandfather Sir Robert Sawyer died in July 1692.
    [Funeral Certificate of Sir Robert Sawyer] dated 6 May 1693 says that Henry Herbert was age "about four years old" (either at date of Certificate or date when Sir Robert died, it is unclear which).

  3. Robert Sawyer Herbert.
    [Funeral Certificate of Sir Robert Sawyer, 6 May 1693] says he was born 28 Jan 1693 (regarded at the time as the end of 1692).
    He mar before 1723 to Mary Smith, no issue.
    He died 1769.

  4. William Herbert.
    He mar pre-1741 to Catherine Elizabeth Tewes.
    He died 1757.
    They had issue:

    1. Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon, born 1741.

    2. Georgiana Herbert, born 1747.
      Her 1st cousin's natural son, Augustus Reebkomp (born 1762), in his will of June 1796, left her his watch.
      The will is clear that she is the sister of the 1st Earl of Carnarvon.
      Georgiana died unmarried, post-1796.

8th Earl was Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1707-08.
He mar 2ndly, 21st Sept 1708, to Barbara Slingsby [dau of Sir Thomas Slingsby, 2nd Baronet]. The 8th Earl was her 3rd husband.
He was Lord High Admiral of Great Britain and Ireland 1708-09.
Barbara died 1st Aug 1722.
His son, the future 9th Earl, built Pembroke House in London in 1723-24. This would become the family's London town house.
8th Earl mar 3rdly, 14th June 1725, to Mary Howe [dau of Scrope Howe, 1st Viscount Howe].

8th Earl dies, 1733:
His will dated 22 Dec 1732.
He died 22 Jan 1733 [using [NJ] date format, note that at the time this was regarded as the end of 1732], age 76 yrs.
He was bur 31 Jan 1733, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire. See findagrave.
His will pr 5 February 1733, Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

Mary re-married, 9 Oct 1735 (or possibly Nov) to John Mordaunt.
Settlement about this marriage dated 17 Sept 1735.
There is a private act related to this settlement, and the inheritance of the 9th Earl, in Private Acts of Great Britain, London, 1735, Ch.7.
Mary was Maid of Honour to Queen Caroline (died 1737). Not to be confused with the other Lady Pembroke who attended Queen Caroline, Mary Fitzwilliam.
She is listed at death as of Parsons Green, London.
She died 1749.
Her will pr 19 September 1749, Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

8th Earl, 1708.
Engraving by John Smith, after portrait by William Wissing.
From NPG. See terms of use.

John Locke (founding father of democracy) dedicated An Essay Concerning Human Understanding to the 8th Earl of Pembroke in 1690.
This is the dedication page of the 1735 edn.

The 8th Earl and his wife Margaret Sawyer contribute to a charity collection at her family church of Highclere in Sept 1692.
The collection is for the redemption of captives in Algiers.
From [Nichols, 1858].

8th Earl in [Complete Peerage].


Mary Howe

Mary Howe, 3rd wife and widow of the 8th Earl, appears in a ribald poem and play, both of 1736, in Memoirs by Lord John Hervey, vol.2.

Extract from censored version of the poem "Poetical Epistle to the Queen" on pp.147-158.
The above is from pp.156-157.

Notes to the above.

Extract from censored version of the play "The Death of Lord Hervey" on pp.159-173.
The above is from p.165.


Georgiana Herbert


Augustus Reebkomp's will of June 1796 leaves his watch to "Georgiana Herbert" who he is clear is the sister of Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon.
He describes it as: "my repeating watch with the picture of Lady Pembroke and Lord Herbert" [would be 11th Earl and his mother] "on the back of it".


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