Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke

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Henry Herbert

Also Known As: "Henry /Herbert/"
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Ewias, Monmouthshire, England
Death: January 19, 1601 (67)
London, England
Place of Burial: Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Anne Herbert, Countess of Pembroke
Husband of Catherine Talbot and Mary Sidney
Father of William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke and Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, 1st Earl of Montgomery
Brother of Sir Edward Herbert, MP and Anne Powell
Half brother of Richard Herbert, MP

Occupation: 2nd Earl of Pembroke (Second Creation)
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About Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke

2nd Earl of Pembroke

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Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke

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Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke KG (aft. 1538 – 19 January 1601) was a statesman of the Elizabethan era.


He was the son of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Anne Parr. He was married to Catherine Grey on May 1553, in a political match arranged by their parents. The couple probably had their marriage annulled in 1554 when Queen Mary rose to the throne.

His second wife was Catherine Talbot, daughter of George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, and his wife Gertrude Manners, daughter of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland.

His third wife was the former Mary Sidney. His children included William and Philip, who both were Earl of Pembroke after their father.

During the 1590s he was patron of Pembroke's Men, a theatre company who were the first group to perform a number of plays including Henry VI, part 1 by William Shakespeare and The Isle of Dogs by Thomas Nashe and Ben Jonson.


The armor of Henry Herbert is now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Arms and Armor galleries. It was made in 1580 at the Greenwich armoury, a royal workshop founded by Henry VIII to produce armour for the English nobility, chiefly Henry, without having to commission it from overseas. His portrait, and that of his father William, are on display at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, adjacent to Cardiff Castle which the family owned and occupied for much of the sixteenth century.


Dictionary of National Biography

Haynes, Alan. Sex in Elizabethan England. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited, 1997. ISBN 0-905-778-359

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Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke's Timeline

Ewias, Monmouthshire, England
April 8, 1580
Age 46
October 10, 1584
Age 50
Wilton House Wilton Wiltshire,,Durham,England
January 19, 1601
Age 67
London, England
January 1601
Age 67
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England