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Herbert, family, Earls of Carnarvon

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Date: 1200-2000
History:

Henry Herbert (1741-1811), grandson of the 8th Earl of Pembroke (see Herbert, Earls of Pembroke), inherited Highclere and Burghclere (Hampshire) from an uncle, Robert Sawyer Herbert, and was created Earl of Carnarvon in 1793. This estate was subsequently enlarged by purchases at Ecchinswell and elsewhere. Property situated mainly around Dulverton (Somerset), including Pixton, Brushford and Bampton (Devon) was acquired on the 2nd Earl's marriage in 1796 to Elizabeth, daughter of Colonel John Dyke Acland and heiress to part of the estates of the Acland family, baronets, of Columb John (Devon). Christian Malford (Wiltshire) had been purchased in 1749.

Teversall and Kneeton (Nottinghamshire) were acquired through the 3rd Earl's marriage in 1830 to Henrietta (d. 1876), daughter of Lord Henry Thomas Molyneux-Howard, who had inherited them from his uncle Sir Francis Molyneux, 7th baronet. They were sold about 1929. Another marriage, that of the 4th Earl to Evelyn, sister and, on his death in 1871, heir of the 7th Earl of Chesterfield, brought into the family considerable Stanhope family estates, including Bretby (Derbyshire) and Shelford (Nottinghamshire).

The 4th Earl married secondly in 1878, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Howard of Greystoke. In 1901 she bought Pixton and 5,000 acres in Somerset from the 5th Earl for her eldest son by the 4th Earl, Aubrey Herbert (1880-1923), who in 1910 married Mary, daughter of John Vesey, 4th Viscount de Vesci. In the 1880s the 4th Earl had bought property in Sydney and Perth (Australia), New Zealand, Canada and Italy. This passed to his widow and was evidently disposed of before the First World War.

Estates in 1883: Earl of Carnarvon: 13,247 acres in Nottinghamshire; 12,800 acres in Somerset; 9,340 acres in Hampshire; 120 acres in Derbyshire; 68 acres in Devon; 8 acres in Wiltshire; worth a total of £37,211 a year. Dowager Countess of Chesterfield: 5,209 acres in Derbyshire and 8 acres in Staffordshire worth £10,760 a year.

Places:
  • Bampton, Devon
  • Bretby, Derbyshire
  • Christian Malford, Wiltshire
  • Dulverton, Somerset
  • Highclere, Hampshire
  • Kneeton, Nottinghamshire
  • Pixton, Somerset
  • Portofino, Italy
  • Shelford, Nottinghamshire
  • Sydney, New South Wales
  • Tetton, Somerset
  • Teversall, Nottinghamshire
  • Westminster, Middlesex
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996, p. 80.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F88901 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F2846 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
13th cent-20th cent: Hants, Devon, Somerset and Wilts deeds, family and estate papers 13th-20th cent and misc papers for London, Notts, Australia and New Zealand 18th-20th cent
Highclere Castle
NRA 7289 Herbert

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49a]
2
17th cent-20th cent: Hants deeds, manorial records and estate papers
Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 34478

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49b]
3
18th cent-19th cent: Highclere (Hants) and Tetton and Pixton (Somerset) household papers 19th cent and Herbert family papers 18th-19th cent
Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49c]; Hants Archives Trust Newsletter Spring
4
19th cent-20th cent: Hants (Burghclere, Highclere, etc) deeds and papers 19th-20th cent, mainly rel to sales, but incl Ecchinswell manorial admissions register 1850-71
Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
5
1862-1863: Hants (Highclere, etc) estate rentals
Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
6
18th cent-20th cent: Hants, Somerset (Pixton), Wilts, London and Notts estate and Herbert family papers 18th-20th cent, with some for Australia and Italy 1890-1913
Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 28627 Herbert

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49d]
7
1882-1944: Herbert family corresp and papers,incl some of Elizabeth, 4th Countess of Carnarvon, Evelyn, Viscountess de Vesci, and the Rt Hon Aubrey Herbert
Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49d]
8
1793-1944: Bretby (Derbys) survey 1793 and estate papers 1913-44
Highclere Castle
NRA 7289 Herbert

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49a]
9
18th cent-20th cent: Shelford (Notts) estate accounts c1918-37 and Teversall (Notts) estate papers 18th-20th cent, incl accounts c1771-1821
Highclere Castle
NRA 7289 Herbert

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49a]
10
18th cent-20th cent: Herbert family papers, incl papers of the 3rd and 4th Earls of Carnarvon
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49f]
11
17th cent-19th cent: Molyneux of Teversall (Notts) family papers
Nottingham University Library, Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections
NRA 27729 Molyneux

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49g]
12
18th cent-20th cent: further Molyneux of Teversall family papers
Nottingham University Library, Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections
NRA 27729 Molyneux

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49h]
13
19th cent: papers of HHM Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon
The National Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49e]
14
18th cent: papers of Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
University of California Library, Berkeley
NRA 6791 Stanhope

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [49i]
15
1832: election corresp of Henry John George Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Annual Return 2007

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