HERBERT, Richard I (c.1557-96), of Llysyn, Blackhall and Montgomery Castle.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1557, 1st s. of Edward Herbert I, and bro. of Matthew Herbert II. educ. M. Temple 1576. m. Magdalen (d.1627), da of (Sir) Richard Newport of High Ercall and Eyton, Salop by Margaret, da. of Sir Thomas Bromley, 7s. inc. Edward III 3 da. suc. fa. 1593.2

Offices Held

J.p. Mont. from c.1573, dep. lt. 1593, custos rot. c.1594; j.p. Brec. from c.1582; steward of lordship of Powis 1589.3


‘My father’, Edward, Lord Herbert of Chirbury recalled, was ‘black-haired and bearded ... of a manly or somewhat stern look, but withal very handsome and well compact in his limbs, and of a great courage’. A member—and for three years the head—of the most important Montgomeryshire family, Richard Herbert exercised his power as much in the pursuit of private vendettas as upon malefactors. Twice the Privy Council intervened to restrain him from bullying his neighbours, using his ‘great alliance to most of the chief gentlemen which are of credit and authority in that shire’ against, in one case, Roger Kynaston and Howel Vaughan. The highly coloured, undated account given by his son of his almost single-handed combat with marauders in Llanerful churchyard probably refers to this case. He brought his assailants before the Star Chamber in 1589, and further incidents arising out of the same feud were the subject of litigation in the following year.4

On 19 Jan. 1581 it was reported Herbert had been returned for Montgomery Boroughs in place of Rowland Pugh, ‘supposed to be dead, but yet known to be in plain life’, as the Journal put