Henry Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon

Henry John George Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon, FRS (8 June 1800 – 10 December 1849), styled Lord Porchester from 1811 to 1833, was a British writer,[1] traveller, nobleman, and politician.

The Earl of Carnarvon
The Earl of Carnarvon
Personal details
Born8 June 1800
London, England
Died10 December 1849 (1849-12-11) (aged 49)
Pusey, Oxfordshire
Political partyTory
Henrietta Anna Howard-Molyneux-Howard
(m. 1830)
Children5, including Henry and Auberon
Parent(s)Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon
Elizabeth Kitty Acland
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Background and educationEdit

Herbert was born in London, the eldest son of Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon and Elizabeth "Kitty" Acland, daughter of John Dyke Acland of Pixton Park in Somerset. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.[2]

Public lifeEdit

In 1831, Porchester was elected to the House of Commons for Wootton Bassett as a Tory, a seat he held until the following year when the constituency was abolished by the Great Reform Act. In 1833 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1841. It was during Carnarvon's lifetime that the family seat of Highclere Castle was redesigned and rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry into a Victorian mansion.


Herbert played first-class cricket in 1822 when he was recorded in one match, totalling 1 run with a highest score of 1 and holding 2 catches.[3]

Marriage and issueEdit

In 1830, Lord Carnarvon married Henrietta Anna Howard-Molyneux-Howard (died 1876), eldest daughter of Lord Henry Howard-Molyneux-Howard, by whom he had three sons and two daughters:[2]

  • Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon (1831–1890), a prominent Conservative politician.
  • Lady Eveline Alicia Juliana Howard Herbert (1834–1906), who married Isaac Newton Wallop, 5th Earl of Portsmouth. Her memorial stained-glass window survives in Brushford Church in Somerset, near her father's mansion at Pixton Park.
  • The Hon. Alan Percy Harty Molyneux Howard Herbert (1836–1907),[4] a physician who was awarded the Legion of Honour by the French government in 1871 for his service as a doctor during the siege of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War, and remained there as the physician in charge of the Hertford Hospital until 1901.[5] He inherited the estate of Tetton (a former Acland property) from his first cousin Edward Henry Charles Herbert (1837–1870),[6] only son of Edward Charles Hugh Herbert (1802–1852) of Tetton, MP for Callington, second son of Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon, husband of the heiress Kitty Acland.
  • Hon. Auberon Edward William Molyneux Howard Herbert (1838–1906), a writer, theorist, philosopher, and individualist, an MP for Nottingham 1870–1874.
  • Lady Gwendolen Ondine Herbert (1842–1915), died unmarried[7][8]


He died at Pusey, Oxfordshire, in December 1849, aged 49. He was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon.


  1. ^ Contemporary Poets and Writers of Fiction, no. 26: Lord Porchester. Le Belle Assemblée, or, Bell's Court and Fashionable Magazine Addressed Particularly to the Ladies, 9 (L), February 1829: 8-13.
  2. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 698. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  3. ^ "Henry Herbert". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  4. ^ The National Archives. "Carnarvon of Highclere Papers" (Large collection of family papers of the Herbert family, Earls of Carnarvon (The heir - "Lord Porchester"): Principally the personal correspondence (between 1789 and 1839) of the first three Earls, greater portion of material relating to the 3rd Earl and Countess.). Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  5. ^ Hardinge, Arthur 'Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, Fourth Earl of Carnarvon' (OUP 1920) pp 31-39
  6. ^ "Catalogue description: Tetton, Somerset". The National Archives Kew. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  7. ^ Mair, Robert H. (1884). Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. London: Dean and Son. pp. 127–28. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  8. ^ England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1995

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Wootton Bassett
With: Viscount Mahon
Constituency abolished
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by Earl of Carnarvon
Succeeded by