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Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke

The 9th Earl.
Etching by James Bretherton, published 1762.
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Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke,
6th Earl of Montgomery, "The Architect Earl",
born c.1688-1689.
See thepeerage and and wikipedia and wikitree.

He built the family's town house, Pembroke House, Privy Gardens, Whitehall, London, in 1723-24.
He helped design Marble Hill House, on the Thames near Richmond, for Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk in 1724-1729.
He stayed unmarried a long time. Did not marry until after father died and he succeeded.
See [Letter of 1728] speculating on whether he would marry. Interestingly, Mary Fitzwilliam is mentioned in the same paragraph.
He succ Jan 1733.
He mar 28 Aug 1733 to Mary Fitzwilliam [bapt 8 Sept 1707, descendant of Edward III].
Settlement between Herbert and Fitzwilliam and others about marriage dated 18 Jan 1734 [using [NJ] date format, note that at the time this was regarded as the end of 1733].
He landscaped the gardens at Wilton.
He removed the formal gardens that were to the S of the house.
He designed and built in 1737 the Palladian Bridge over the river to the S of the house.
He refers to his wife affectionately as "rib" in [Letter of 1738].

Westminster Bridge, London:
The 9th Earl helped organise the building of Westminster Bridge in London in 1739-50, changing the face of London.
This was only the 2nd bridge in central London, after centuries of London Bridge being the only bridge.
(We are not counting Putney Bridge, some way out of the city to the W.)

He had a mistress, Rebecca Abbott. He paid her an annual allowance, and left a payment to her in his will [Lever, 1967, p.153].
He died at Pembroke House, London, 9 Jan 1750 [at the time this was regarded as the end of 1749], age c.61-62 yrs.
See [Letter by Horace Walpole, 10 Jan 1750] which gives an account of his death and says he had a terrible temper.
He was bur Wilton parish church. See grave.
His will pr 17 January 1750, Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
Mary re-married.
9th Earl and Mary had issue:

  1. Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke,
    born 3 July 1734, Pembroke House, London.
    See his ancestors by Leo van de Pas.
    See his 18 descents from Edward III by Leo van de Pas.

9th Earl. By William Hoare. 1738 or shortly after.
From here.

Walpoliana (Horace Walpole miscellany), published 1800, pp.51-52, recalls the 9th Earl (died 1750).

Marble Hill House, on the Thames near Richmond (see map and street view).
Photo 2006. From here.
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Westminster Bridge, London.
Painted in 1747 (bridge not yet finished) by Canaletto.
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From here.

9th Earl in [Complete Peerage].

Bust of 9th Earl by Roubillac

Bust of 9th Earl, around the time of his death in 1750, by Roubillac.
On loan to Victoria and Albert Museum, Sculpture Hall.
Photo 2012. See full size and wider shot and label.
This was formerly on his grave at Wilton parish church. It was sold to establish a trust for church maintenance. A copy of this bust is now on his grave.

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Copy of above bust of 9th Earl, on his grave, Wilton parish church.
Photo 1999. See larger and full size.
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Grave of 9th Earl, Wilton parish church.
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From jmc4 on Flickr. Used with permission.

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