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William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke

Politician from Kingdom of England,England

William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, KG, PC (8 April 1580 – 10 April 1630) was the son of Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and his third wife Mary Sidney. Chancellor of the University of Oxford, he founded Pembroke College, Oxford with King James. He was warden of the Forest of Dean, and constable of St Briavels from 1608 to 1630. He served as Lord Chamberlain from 1615 to 1625. In 1623, together with his brother, Philip Herbert, 1st Earl of Montgomery, he sponsored the printing of the First Folio of William Shakespeare's plays. William was a bookish man, once tutored by the poet Samuel Daniel, and preferred to keep to his study with heavy pipe-smoking to keep his "migraines" at bay. His father negotiated a marriage between the young Herbert and Bridget de Vere, the granddaughter of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley. Offered 3,000 pounds and an annuity to begin at Burghley's death, the prospective groom wanted immediate payment of the annuity. The negotiations failed, and he remained single. At the age of twenty, he had an affair with Mary Fitton (who has been suggested as a possible model for the Dark Lady of the sonnets), whom he impregnated. Admitting paternity, he refused  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1580-04-08
Nationality
Kingdom of England,England
Parents
Henry Herbert, Mary Sidney
Spouse(s)
Mary Talbot Herbert
Siblings
Philip Herbert 4th Earl of Pembroke

Death

Date of death
1630-04-10

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