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Auberon Thomas Herbert, 9th Baron Lucas and 5th Lord Dingwall, PC (25 May 1876 – 3 November 1916), who preferred to be known as Bron Herbert,[1] was a radical[2] British Liberal politician and fighter pilot. He was a member of H. H. Asquith's cabinet as President of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries between 1914 and 1915.

The Lord Lucas

President of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries
In office
6 August 1914 – 25 May 1915
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterH. H. Asquith
Preceded byWalter Runciman
Succeeded byThe Earl of Selborne
Personal details
Born25 May 1876 (1876-05-25)
Died3 November 1916 (1916-11-04) (aged 40)
Buried VIII C 17, HAC Cemetery, Écoust-Saint-Mein, France
Political partyLiberal
ParentsAuberon Herbert
Lady Florence Cowper
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford


Background and educationEdit

Herbert was the second but eldest surviving son of the Hon. Auberon Herbert, younger son of Henry Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon. His mother was Lady Florence, daughter of George Cowper, 6th Earl Cowper. He was educated at Bedford School and Balliol College, Oxford.[3]

Military and political careerEdit

Herbert was a captain in the Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers) and worked as a war correspondent during the Boer War, where he was wounded and lost a leg. His elder brother, Rolf, had died in 1882 and his mother in 1886 and so in 1905 (as the nearest heir) he inherited the barony of Lucas and the lordship of Dingwall (which are able to pass through female lines) from his maternal uncle, the 7th Earl Cowper.[3] However, it was not until 1907 that he was confirmed in the titles by the Committee for Privileges of the House of Lords and allowed to take his seat in the House of Lords.[4]

Lucas was private secretary to Richard Haldane, the Secretary of State for War, from 1907 to 1908. In April 1908 he was appointed to his first ministerial post as Under-Secretary of State for War (with a seat on the Army Council) by H. H. Asquith, a post he held until 1911. He was Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies between March and October 1911 and then served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1911 to 1914.[3] He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1912[5] and in August 1914 he entered the cabinet as President of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries.[6] However, he did not hold office in the coalition government formed by Asquith in May 1915.[3] Lucas also played a prominent part in David Lloyd George's Land Campaign.[7]

Lucas served as a captain in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. On 3 November 1916, he was wounded by bullets from German fighter aircraft during a flight over German lines, and died of his wounds the same day, aged 40.[3][8]

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Lucas never married. His titles passed to his sister, Nan Herbert.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Auberon Herbert's Story", English Heritage
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  3. ^ a b c d e f Lundy, Darryl. " Auberon Thomas Herbert, 9th Baron Lucas of Crudwell". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
  4. ^ Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  5. ^ "No. 28580". The London Gazette. 13 February 1912. p. 1049.
  6. ^ "No. 28864". The London Gazette. 7 August 1914. p. 6199.
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  8. ^ Jones 1928, p. 314.