Lady Henrietta Antonia Herbert

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About Lady Henrietta Antonia Herbert

In 1784, Lord Powis’s daughter, Lady Henrietta Herbert, married Edward Clive, the eldest son of Clive of India. Their marriage led to the union of the Clive and Powis estates in 1801, and in 1804 the earldom of Powis was recreated for the third time for Edward Clive. Edward then, in accordance with his uncle’s will, duly changed his name to Herbert. The Clive fortune paid for long overdue repairs to the castle which were carried out by Sir Robert Smirke. The garden and park were also improved. Part of Clive of India’s fine collection of old master paintings, French and English furniture, and Italian curiosities, were brought to the castle.

In 1798, Edward Clive was appointed the Governor of Madras and in March of that year Lord and Lady Edward and Henrietta Clive set sail for the east with their two daughters.

While in India Lady Henrietta explored around Mysore, discovering new species of plants including Caralluma umbellata and sending her specimens to the Calcutta Botanic Gardens.

A book based on her journals has been written by Nancy K. Shields, Birds of Passage: Henrietta Clive's Travels in South India about her time in India

Her son Edward, 1st Earl of Powys and her grand daughter Lady Charlotte Florentina Clive were also passionate about horticulture. Lady Charlotte became the first person to make the Kaffir Lily, Clivia miniata, flower in Britain.

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