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William Herbert , Earl of Pembroke

Born: c. 1423   Died: 1469   

An administrator and soldier, William was the first 'full-blooded Englishman' (Griffiths) to become an English peer.

William grew up in Raglan Castle in the marcher lordship of Usk, which was under Richard of York. Through his associations with the earl of Warwick ('the kingmaker') and Richard, duke of York, he duly and became Edward IV'S Welsh 'master-lock'. For example, he became steward of York's lordships of Usk and Caerleon and was the earl of Warwick's sheriff of Glamorgan by 1453; by 1468 William was either lord or chief official of most counties or lordships in Wales and the Marches, other than Glamrogan. He was 'a king's knight and Edward's intimate' (Griffiths)and as the king's 'master-lock' received exceptional commissions and rewards in Wales.

Sites associated with this person

Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire (burial)

Bibliographical sources

Web links (open in new window)

Griffiths, R. A., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - William Herbert (View website) (Subscription reqd.)