Sidney Herbert, 14th Earl of Pembroke

The Right Honourable
The Earl of Pembroke

Lord Pembroke in the late 1890s.
Lord Steward of the Household
In office
16 July 1895  4 December 1905
Monarch Victoria
Edward VII
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Arthur Balfour
Preceded by The Marquess of Breadalbane
Succeeded by The Earl of Liverpool
Personal details
Born 20 February 1853 (1853-02-20)
Belgrave Square, London
Died 30 March 1913 (1913-03-31) (aged 60)
Rome, Italy
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Lady Beatrix Lambton
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Sidney Herbert, 14th Earl of Pembroke, 11th Earl of Montgomery GCVO PC (20 February 1853 – 30 March 1913), styled The Honourable Sidney Herbert between 1861 and 1895, was a British politician and peer.

Background and education

Herbert's birthplace, 49 Belgrave Square

Herbert was born at 49 Belgrave Square, London, the second son of Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea (who was the son of George Augustus Herbert, 11th Earl of Pembroke, by his second wife Catherine Woronzow) and Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Lieutenant-General Charles Ashe à Court. George Herbert, 13th Earl of Pembroke, was his elder brother,[1] and Sir Michael Henry Herbert his younger brother. Catherine Woronzow was the daughter of a prominent aristocratic Russian family, the Woronzows.[2] He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

Political career

Herbert was elected as Member of Parliament for Wilton in Wiltshire in 1877 but lost his seat in the 1885 general election.[3] This was somewhat of a shock given that the seat of the Earls of Pembroke was at Wilton House and his family dominated Wiltshire politics. Herbert was then chosen early in 1886 to replace William Grantham, who had just been appointed a judge, in Croydon. He was duly elected[4] and served under Lord Salisbury as a Lord of the Treasury between 1886 and 1892.[5] Although considered an able Member of Parliament, he was perhaps best known for his good looks and was widely regarded as the most handsome MP at the time.

Herbert succeeded his brother as Earl of Pembroke in 1895.[1] He continued his political career in the House of Lords as Lord Steward of the Household under Salisbury and Arthur Balfour between 1895[6] and 1905.[7] He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1895.[8]

Lord Pembroke became President of the Marylebone Cricket Club for a year in 1896.[9]


Lord Pembroke married Lady Beatrix Louisa Lambton, daughter of the George Lambton, 2nd Earl of Durham, on 29 August 1877. They had two sons and two daughters. Their youngest son, Hon. George Herbert (1886–1942) was created a Baronet in 1937.[1] Pembroke died in Rome, Italy, in March 1913, aged 60, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Reginald. Beatrix, Countess of Pembroke died in March 1944.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Lundy, Darryl. "p. 1966 § 19655 - Sidney Herbert, 14th Earl of Pembroke".
  2. Woronzow, HumphrysFamilyTree, accessed 4 April 2012. Catherine's father, Count Semyon Vorontsov, the Russian ambassador to Britain, brought the family to London in 1785.
  3. House of Commons: Wigan to Withington
  4. House of Commons: Cornwall to Cynon Valley
  5. Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,
  6. The London Gazette: no. 26644. p. 4022. 16 July 1895.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 27866. p. 9171. 22 December 1905.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 26645. p. 4101. 19 July 1895.
  9. K. S. Ranjitsinhji (1897), The Jubilee Book of Cricket, Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, p. 369
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Edmund Antrobus, Bt
Member of Parliament for Wilton
Succeeded by
Thomas Grove
Preceded by
William Grantham
Member of Parliament for Croydon
Succeeded by
Charles Ritchie
Political offices
Preceded by
The Marquess of Breadalbane
Lord Steward of the Household
Succeeded by
The Earl of Liverpool
Peerage of England
Preceded by
George Herbert
Earl of Pembroke
Succeeded by
Reginald Herbert
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