Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke

Male 1423 - 1469  (~ 46 years)

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  • Name William Herbert 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix 1st Earl of Pembroke 
    Born ~ 1423  (Wales) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Jul 1469  [2
    Person ID I49925  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2017 

    Family Anne Devereux,   b. ~ 1430, Bodenham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. > 25 June 1486  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Sir William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke,   b. 5 Mar 1451,   d. 0___ 1490  (Age 38 years)
     2. Lady Maud Herbert, Countess of Northumberland,   b. ~ 1453, Llnfhngl Clcrnl, Abergavenny, Monmouth, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1485  (Age ~ 32 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F18469  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - ~ 1423 - (Wales) Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke KG (c. 1423 27 July 1469), known as "Black William", was a Welsh nobleman, politician, and courtier. He was the son of William ap Thomas, founder of Raglan Castle, and Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam, and grandson of Dafydd Gam, an adherent of King Henry V of England.

      His father had been an ally of Richard of York, and Herbert supported the Yorkist cause in the Wars of the Roses. In 1461 Herbert was rewarded by King Edward IV with the title Baron Herbert of Raglan (having assumed an English-style surname in place of the Welsh patronymic), and was invested as a Knight of the Garter.

      Soon after the decisive Yorkist victory at the Battle of Towton in 1461, Herbert replaced Jasper Tudor [Editor's Note: view Sir Jasper's page;, as Earl of Pembroke which gave him control of Pembroke Castle. However, he fell out with Lord Warwick "the Kingmaker" in 1469, when Warwick turned against the King. William and his brother Richard were executed by the Lancastrians, now led by Warwick, after the Battle of Edgecote Moor, near Banbury.[1]

      Herbert was succeeded by his son, William, but the earldom was surrendered in 1479. It was later revived for a grandson, another William Herbert, the son of Black William's illegitimate son, Sir Richard Herbert of Ewyas.

      Marriage and children

      He married Anne Devereux, daughter of Walter Devereux, Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Elizabeth Merbury. They had at least ten children:

      William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (5 March 1451 16 July 1491).
      Sir Walter Herbert. (c. 1452 - d. 16 September 1507) Married Lady Anne Stafford, sister to the Duke of Buckingham.
      Sir George Herbert of St. Julians.
      Philip Herbert of Lanyhangel.
      Cecilie Herbert.
      Maud Herbert. Married Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland.
      Katherine Herbert. Married George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent.
      Anne Herbert. Married John Grey, 1st Baron Grey of Powis, 9th Lord of Powys (died 1497).
      Isabel Herbert. Married Sir Thomas Cokesey.
      Margaret Herbert. Married first Thomas Talbot, 2nd Viscount Lisle and secondly Sir Henry Bodringham.
      William had three illegitimate sons but the identities of their mothers are unconfirmed:

      Sir Richard Herbert of Ewyas. Father of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (10th Creation). Probably son of Maud, daughter of Adam ap Howell Graunt (Gwynn).
      Sir George Herbert. The son of Frond verch Hoesgyn. Married Sybil Croft.[2]
      Sir William Herbert of Troye. Son of Frond verch Hoesgyn. Married, second, Blanche Whitney (nee Milborne) see Blanche Milborne. They had two sons.[3]
      See also[edit]
      The White Queen (TV series) [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S11772] "Anne Devereux", Biography,, revisited or retrieved, recorded & uploaded to.

    2. [S11773] "William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke", Biography,,_1st_Earl_of_Pembroke_.