William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke Noble person

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.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 8th, 1580
England,Kingdom of England
Date of death
April 10th, 1630 at age of 50



Noble titles

Noble title From To
Earl of Pembroke 1601 1630


1. New College, Oxford Colleges/University

New College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

2012. 145 mil. £
2010. 133 mil. £
Hollywell Street, OX1 3BN - Oxford, Oxfordshire
2013. 441
2010. 400
2013. 286
2010. 300
Official web page www.new.ox.ac.uk
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Written work

1.Poems (1660)

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1959. at Los Angeles


1.Pembroke College, Oxford

Pembroke College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England, located in Pembroke Square. The college was founded in 1624 by King James I, using in part the endowment of merchant Thomas Tesdale, and was named after William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, Lord Chamberlain and then-Chancellor of the University. As of 2011, Pembroke had an estimated financial endowment of £55.6 million. Pembroke offers the study of almost all the courses offered by Oxford University. The College's Cotswold stone buildings and quadrangles are regarded as a hidden treasure among the Colleges in Oxford. The current Master of the college is Dame Lynne Brindley, former head of the British Library.
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Pembroke Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire


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