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HERBERT , WILLIAM ( 1460 - 1491 ),

eldest legitimate son of William Herbert , earl of Pembroke (d. 1469 ) . According to William of Worcester , he was betrothed to Mary Woodville , the queen 's sister, and made lord Dunster ( Sept. 1466 ), becoming earl of Pembroke on his father's death, 1469 . He entered ‘without proof of age’ into the offices previously held by his father, and was commissioned to receive into the king 's allegiance all Welsh rebels except Jasper Tudor . He served with the king in France , 1475 , and was commissioned to arrest Walter ap Gwilym and others ( Oct. 1477 ). At the king 's request he exchanged the earldom of Pembroke for that of Huntingdon ( July 1479 ). In 1483 he was commissioned to raise troops in South Wales to suppress Buckingham 's revolt against Richard III . He received an annuity of 400 marks ( March 1484 ). His wife was Mary , daughter of Richard , earl Rivers ; they had one child, Elizabeth , who m. Charles Somerset , earl of Worcester , ancestor of the dukes of Beaufort ( see Somerset family ).

Author:

Howell Thomas Evans, M.A. (1878-1950), Aberaeron

Published date: 1959