Catalogue description Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury: Collection of Herbert Papers

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Details of PRO 30/53
Reference: PRO 30/53
Title: Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury: Collection of Herbert Papers

Documents originating from the various branches of the Herbert family, 16th to 18th centuries, including: six volumes of correspondence of Sir Edward Herbert as ambassador to France, 1619-1624, a further volume of his correspondence between 1615-1639, 3 volumes of Herbert family correspondence, papers and manuscripts depicting personal, local and national events, including an original account of the proceedings against Mary, Queen of Scots.

The series also contains two bundles of miscellaneous manuscripts relating to the Herberts and others, as well as two Parliamentary diaries, 1640-1642. There is also a 14th century leaf of the Vulgate Bible (I Kings V) which gives the series its earliest date.

Date: 14th century-1772
Related material:

The original list for pieces 1-9 by A B Hinds, with original annotations, can be found in OBS 1/1277

Separated material:

Other documents relating to the Herbert family can be found in the British Library, Manuscript Collections, with the reference Add MSS 7082. -69 and 71-72. The remaining documents from these two original series that were not deposited with the Public Record Office were placed, by the Earl of Powis, are in the National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records

The Public Record Office also has material relating to Herbert's tenure in SP 78/68

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Not Public Record(s)
Language: English and French

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, 1583-1648

Henry Herbert, 4th Baron Herbert of Cherbury, 1640-1691

Physical description: 13 bundles and volumes
Immediate source of acquisition:

in May 1956

in May 1956 Edward Robert Henry Herbert, 5th Earl of Powis, 1889-1974

Publication note:

Pieces 10-13 calendared by H C Maxwell Lyte in The Manuscripts of the Earl of Powis (Historical Manuscripts Commission, tenth reports, appendix IV, 378-399). Some documents are listed in Old Herbert Papers (Collections historical and archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire and its borders, XX, 213-280, London, 1886).

Administrative / biographical background:

Sir Edward Herbert, later the first Lord Herbert of Cherbury, was ambassador to France during two separate periods. His first period as ambassador began in May 1619 and ended in July 1621 when he was recalled for quarreling with King Louis XIII's favourite De Luynes.

He returned as ambassador, in February 1622, not long after De Luynes' death, and remained in this office until April 1624 when he was dismissed for quarreling with James I over marriage negotiations between Prince Charles and Princess Henrietta Maria.

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