Biography of William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon 1451-1491

Paternal Family Tree: Herbert

Maternal Family Tree: Elizabeth Merbury

1465 Marriage of John Woodville and Catherine Neville

1469 Battle of Edgecote Moor

1469 Execution of the Yorkists

1483 Funeral of Edward IV

1487 Coronation of Elizabeth of York

1488 Battle of Saint Aubin du Cormier

On 27 Mar 1450 John Strange 8th Baron Strange Knockin 4th Baron Mohun Dunster (age 6) and [his future sister-in-law] Jacquetta Woodville Baroness Strange and Mohun (age 5) were married. She the daughter of Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers (age 45) and Jacquetta of Luxemburg Duchess Bedford (age 35).

Before 05 Mar 1451 [his father] William "Black William" Herbert 1st Earl Pembroke (age 28) and [his mother] Anne Devereux (age 21) were married.

On 05 Mar 1451 William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon was born to William "Black William" Herbert 1st Earl Pembroke (age 28) and Anne Devereux (age 21).

In 1465 [his future brother-in-law] John Woodville (age 20) was created Knight of the Bath.

Marriage of John Woodville and Catherine Neville

In Jan 1465 [his future brother-in-law] John Woodville (age 20) and Katherine Neville Duchess Norfolk (age 65) were married. Described as a 'Diabolical Marriage' by opponents of the Woodvilles. He being nineteen, she sixty-five. His first wife, her fourth husband. Regarded as an example of the Woodville family increasing their wealth and power. See Woodville Marriages The difference in their ages was 45 years; she, unusually, being older than him. She the daughter of Ralph Neville 1st Earl of Westmoreland and Joan Beaufort Countess of Westmoreland. He the son of Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers (age 60) and Jacquetta of Luxemburg Duchess Bedford (age 50). She a great granddaughter of King Edward III of England.

On 01 Sep 1466 a double wedding ceremony was held whereby two siblings, children of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (age 43) married:

William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon (age 15) and Mary Woodville Countess Pembroke and Huntingdon (age 10) were married. See Woodville Marriages. She the daughter of Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers (age 61) and Jacquetta of Luxemburg Duchess Bedford (age 51). He the son of William "Black William" Herbert 1st Earl Pembroke (age 43) and Anne Devereux (age 36).

Thomas Talbot 2nd Viscount Lisle (age 17) and Margaret Herbert Viscountess Lisle were married. She the daughter of William "Black William" Herbert 1st Earl Pembroke (age 43) and Anne Devereux (age 36). He a great x 5 grandson of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England.

On or before 15 Aug 1467 William Bourchier Viscount Bourchier (age 37) and [his sister-in-law] Anne Woodville Viscountess Bourchier (age 29) were married. An example of a Woodville marriage to a wealthy family which antagonised the nobilty - see Woodville Marriages. William Bourchier Viscount Bourchier (age 37) was heir to his father Henry Bourchier 2nd Count Eu 1st Earl Essex (age 63). She the daughter of Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers (age 62) and Jacquetta of Luxemburg Duchess Bedford (age 52). He the son of Henry Bourchier 2nd Count Eu 1st Earl Essex (age 63) and Isabel York Countess Eu and Essex (age 58). He a great x 2 grandson of King Edward III of England.

On 27 May 1468 [his father] William "Black William" Herbert 1st Earl Pembroke (age 45) was created 1st Earl Pembroke.

Battle of Edgecote Moor

On 27 Jul 1469 [his father] William "Black William" Herbert 1st Earl Pembroke (age 46) was executed following his capture at the Battle of Edgecote Moor the day before. His son William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon (age 18) succeeded 2nd Earl Pembroke, 2nd Baron Herbert of Raglan, 2nd Baron Herbert of Powis. [his wife] Mary Woodville Countess Pembroke and Huntingdon (age 13) by marriage Countess Pembroke.

His brother [his uncle] Richard Herbert (age 46) was also beheaded on the same day.

Execution of the Yorkists

On 12 Aug 1469 Woodvilles father and son were beheaded at Kenilworth Castle [Map] by supporters of Richard "Kingmaker" Neville Earl Warwick, 6th Earl Salisbury (age 40).

[his father-in-law] Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers (age 64) was beheaded. His son [his brother-in-law] Anthony Woodville 2nd Earl Rivers (age 29) succeeded 2nd Earl Rivers. Elizabeth Scales Countess Rivers by marriage Countess Rivers.

[his brother-in-law] John Woodville (age 24) was beheaded.

In 1475 [his brother-in-law] Edward Woodville Lord Scales (age 19) was created Knight of the Bath.

Around 1476 [his daughter] Elizabeth Herbert 3rd Baroness Herbert Raglan was born to William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon (age 24) and [his wife] Mary Woodville Countess Pembroke and Huntingdon (age 20).

In 1479 William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon (age 27) was compelled to relinquish the Earldom of Pembroke by King Edward IV (age 36) who gave it to his son.

Edward Prince of Wales (age 8) was created 1st Earl Pembroke.

In compensation William (age 27) was created 1st Earl Huntingdon. [his wife] Mary Woodville Countess Pembroke and Huntingdon (age 23) by marriage Countess Huntingdon.

Before 1481 George Grey 2nd Earl Kent (age 27) and [his sister-in-law] Anne Woodville Viscountess Bourchier (age 42) were married. See Woodville Marriages. She the daughter of Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxemburg Duchess Bedford. He the son of Edmund Grey 1st Earl Kent (age 64) and Katherine Percy. He a great x 3 grandson of King Edward III of England.

Around 1481 [his wife] Mary Woodville Countess Pembroke and Huntingdon (age 25) died.

Funeral of Edward IV

On 17 Apr 1483 the coffin of Edward IV (deceased) was carried to Westminster Abbey [Map] by Edward Stanley 1st Baron Monteagle (age 21), John Savage (age 39), Thomas Wortley (age 50), Thomas Molyneux (age 38), probably John Welles 1st Viscount Welles (age 33) who had married Edward's daughter Cecily), John Cheney 1st Baron Cheyne (age 41), Walter Hungerford (age 19), Guy Wolston (age 50), John Sapcote (age 35), Thomas Tyrrell (age 30), John Risley, Thomas Dacre 2nd Baron Dacre Gilsland (age 15), John Norreys, Louis de Bretelles and John Comyn 4th Lord Baddenoch.

Those in the procession included:

Thomas St Leger (age 43), widow of Edward's sister Anne.

William Parr (age 49).

John Astley.

William Stonor (age 33).

Henry Ferrers (age 40).

James Radclyffe (age 43).

George Browne (age 43).

Gilbert Debenham (age 51).

John Howard 1st Duke of Norfolk (age 58) walked in front of the coffin with Edward's personal arms.

John Marlow Abbot Bermondsey followed by:

Bishop Thomas Kempe (age 93).

Bishop John Hales (age 83) (Bishop of Chester?).

Bishop Robert Stillington (age 63).

Bishop Edward Story.

Bishop Richard Bell.

Bishop James Goldwell.

Bishop William Dudley (age 58).

Bishop John Russell.

Cardinal John Morton (age 63) (as Bishop of Ely).

Bishop Edmund Tuchet (age 40) (as Bishop of Rochester).

Bishop Peter Courtenay, and.

[his former brother-in-law] Bishop Lionel Woodville (age 36).

Archbishop Thomas Rotherham (age 59) brought up the rear.

Cardinal Thomas Bourchier (age 65), then Archbishop of Canterbury, took no part due to infirmity.

John de la Pole 1st Earl Lincoln (age 21); the King's nephew,.

William Hastings 1st Baron Hastings (age 52).

Thomas Grey 1st Marquess Dorset (age 28).

William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon (age 32) (some sources say Earl of Huntingindon?).

William Berkeley 1st Marquess Berkeley (age 57).

Thomas Stanley 1st Earl of Derby (age 48).

Richard Fiennes 7th Baron Dacre Gilsland (age 68).

John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 82).

George Neville 4th and 2nd Baron Bergavenny (age 43).

John Tuchet 6th Baron Audley, 3rd Baron Tuchet (age 57).

[his uncle] Walter Devereux Baron Ferrers of Chartley (age 51).

Edward Grey 1st Viscount Lisle (age 51).

Henry Lovell 9th Baron Marshal 8th Baron Morley (age 7).

[his former brother-in-law] Richard Woodville 3rd Earl Rivers (age 30).

John Brooke 7th Baron Cobham (age 35).

Richard Hastings Baron Willoughby (age 50).

John Bourchier 6th Baron Ferrers of Groby (age 45).

Thomas Bourchier.

Thomas Bourchier.

Calendars. On 05 Nov 1483 [his future father-in-law] King Richard III of England (age 31). Bridport, Dorset [Map]. Commission of array in Wales to the king's kinsman William, Earl of Huntingdon (age 32), and James Tyrrell (age 28), knight, for the resistance of the rebels. By K. by word of mouth.

The like to James Tyrell, knight.

In 1484 William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon (age 32) and Katherine York Countess Huntingdon (age 13) were married. She by marriage Countess Huntingdon. She the illegitmate daughter of King Richard III of England (age 31). He the son of William "Black William" Herbert 1st Earl Pembroke and Anne Devereux (age 54).

Calendars. 08 Mar 1485. Westminsler. Grant to the king's kinsman, William, Earl of Huntingdon (age 34), and [his wife] Catharine (age 14) his wife of an annuity of 152l. 10s. 10d. from the issues of the king’s possessions in the counties of Caermarden and Cardigan and of the king’s lordship of Haverford West in South Wales until they shall have of the king’s grant to themselves and the heirs of their bodies, lordships, manors, lauds and other possessions to the same value. By p.s.

After 1486 [his mother] Anne Devereux (age 56) died.

Before Nov 1487 [his wife] Katherine York Countess Huntingdon (age 16) died.

Coronation of Elizabeth of York

On 25 Nov 1487 Elizabeth of York (age 21) was crowned Queen Consort England at Westminster Abbey [Map].

Giles Daubeney 1st Baron Daubeney (age 36), Edward Stafford 2nd Earl Wiltshire (age 17), Christopher Willoughby 10th Baron Willoughby (age 34), Giles Daubeney 1st Baron Daubeney (age 36), [his former brother-in-law] Richard Woodville 3rd Earl Rivers (age 34), William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon (age 36) and Thomas Fitzalan 17th Earl of Arundel (age 37), who carried the Rod and Dove, attended as did Cecily York Viscountess Welles (age 18).

Battle of Saint Aubin du Cormier

On 28 Jul 1488 [his former brother-in-law] Edward Woodville Lord Scales (age 32) was killed during the Battle of Saint Aubin du Cormier.

On 30 Jul 1489 [his former sister-in-law] Anne Woodville Viscountess Bourchier (age 51) died.

Before 22 May 1490 Anthony Grey (age 37) and [his former sister-in-law] Joan aka Eleanor Woodville (age 38) were married. See Woodville Marriages. She the daughter of Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxemburg Duchess Bedford. He the son of Edmund Grey 1st Earl Kent (age 73) and Katherine Percy. He a great x 3 grandson of King Edward III of England.

On 16 Jul 1491 William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon (age 40) died. Earl Huntingdon extinct. His daughter [his daughter] Elizabeth Herbert 3rd Baroness Herbert Raglan (age 15) succeeded 3rd Baroness Herbert of Raglan.

Royal Ancestors of William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon 1451-1491

Kings Wessex: Great x 14 Grand Son of King Edmund "Ironside" I of England

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 10 Grand Son of Owain "Great" King Gwynedd

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 16 Grand Son of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg King Deheubarth

Kings Powys: Great x 11 Grand Son of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys

Kings England: Great x 9 Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Kings Scotland: Great x 12 Grand Son of Malcolm III King Scotland

Kings Franks: Great x 20 Grand Son of Louis "Pious" King Aquitaine I King Franks

Kings France: Great x 14 Grand Son of Robert "Pious" II King France

Royal Descendants of William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon 1451-1491

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom x 1

Queen Consort Camilla Shand x 2

Diana Spencer Princess Wales x 10

Ancestors of William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon 1451-1491

Father: William "Black William" Herbert 1st Earl Pembroke

Great x 4 Grandfather: Hywel Brecon

Great x 3 Grandfather: Hywel Fychan Brecon

Great x 2 Grandfather: Llewellyn Brecon

Great x 1 Grandfather: Dafydd Gam Brecon

GrandMother: Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam "Star of Abergavenny" Brecon

William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon 9 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Stephen Devereux 3 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: Walter "Elder" Devereux 4 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: Walter Devereux 5 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 1 Grandfather: Walter Devereux 6 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

GrandFather: Walter Devereux 7 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Crophull

Great x 2 Grandfather: Thomas Crophull 5 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Theobald Verdun 2nd Lord Verdun

Great x 3 Grandmother: Margaret Verdun Baroness Hussey 4 x Great Grand Daughter of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Maud Mortimer Lady Verdun 3 x Great Grand Daughter of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 1 Grandmother: Agnes Crophull 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King John "Lackland" of England

Mother: Anne Devereux 8 x Great Grand Daughter of King John "Lackland" of England

GrandMother: Elizabeth Merbury