HERBERT, John (c.1515-83 or later), of London, Buildwas, Salop and Welshpool, Mont.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
Available from Boydell and Brewer



Mar. 1553

Family and Education

b. c.1515, 2nd s. of Sir Richard Herbert (d.1539) of Montgomery Castle, Mont. by 2nd w. Anne, da. of David ab Ifan ap Llywelyn Fychan of Trefeglwys, Mont.; bro. of Edward and half-bro. of William Herbert II. m. (1) Elizabeth, da. of Gruffydd Derwas of Cemmaes, Mont., 1s.; (2) by 1551, Jane, da. of Sir Lewis Orwell of Ashwell, Herts., 3s. 1da.1

Offices Held

?Surveyor, ct. augmentations, S. Wales by 1552-4; sheriff, Mont. 1558-9, 1574-5; j.p. ?Staffs. 1559, q. Mont. 1575-83.2


On his father’s death in 1539 John Herbert succeeded to some of Sir Richard Herbert’s responsibilities: in 1545 he was granted the lease of Montgomery castle, which some five years later he passed over to his elder brother Edward Herbert. Like his brother he was to benefit from the patronage of his cousin William Herbert I, 1st Earl of Pembroke, but whereas Edward Herbert remained in their native county John Herbert moved into Shropshire and even further afield. It was his second marriage, to the mistress of Edward, last Lord Grey of Powis, and the mother of a son Edward Grey, which established Herbert at Buildwas, part of Powis’s bequest to this son; the marriage also led him to contest the claim of Thomas Vernon to the barony of Powis. In 1551 Herbert was given wine by Shrewsbury ‘for the honour of the town’, and three years later, as ‘Mr. John Herbert of Buildwas’, he was joined with William Charlton and Rich