Sidney Herbert, 16th Earl of Pembroke

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Sidney Herbert, 16th Earl of Pembroke, 13th Earl of Montgomery (9 January 1906 – 16 March 1969)[1] was a British peer.

Life and career

Herbert was the son of Reginald Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke and Beatrice Eleanor Paget (of the marquesses of Anglesey).[2] His ancestor, the 11th Earl of Pembroke, married Countess Catherine Vorontsov, the daughter of a prominent aristocratic Russian family.[3]

Pembroke was educated at Eton and Pembroke College, Oxford. He served in World War II in the Royal Artillery. He was Comptroller and Private Secretary to the Duchess of Kent, 1942–1948, as well as Equerry to the Duke of Kent. He was a Trustee of the National Gallery, 1942–1949 and 1953–1960; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, 1944–1958; Member of the Historical Manuscripts Commission, 1941–1958. President of Historic Churches Trust. Justice of the Peace, 1954. Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, 1954–1969, and an alderman of Wiltshire County Council, 1954–1967.[4]

On 27 July 1936 he married Mary Dorothea Hope, daughter of the late John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow and the Dowager Marchioness of Linlithgow. The couple had two children: Lady Diana Mary Herbert (19 April 1937–24 November 2008) and Henry George Charles Herbert (19 May 1939–7 October 2003). He was succeeded by his son.


  1. Royal Genealogical Data page
  2. Lundy, Darryl. Sidney Charles Herbert, 16th Earl of Pembroke,, accessed 23 May 2012
  3. Woronzow, HumphrysFamilyTree, accessed 4 April 2012. Catherine's father, Count Semyon Vorontsov, the Russian ambassador to Britain, brought the family to London in 1785.
  4. PEMBROKE, 16th Earl of, in Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edition by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 26 Sept 2009
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Somerset
Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire
Succeeded by
The Lord Margadale
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Reginald Herbert
Earl of Pembroke
Succeeded by
Henry Herbert