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William Herbert

Male Abt 1423 - 1469  (~ 46 years)


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  • Name William Herbert  [1
    Born Abt 1423  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Jul 1469  Northampton, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Alternate death 30 Jul 1469  Northampton, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Person ID I29903  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2020 

    Father William ap Thomas ap Gwilym,   b. of Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1446 
    Mother Gwladus Gam,   d. 1454 
    Family ID F17841  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maude 
    Children 
    +1. Richard Herbert,   b. of Ewyas, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1510
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F17847  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called William ap Gwilym. Nicknamed "Gwilym ddu," Black William. 1st Earl of Pembroke of the eighth creation. Knighted in 1452, he was the first full-blooded Welshman to enter the English peerage. Summoned to Parliament by writs dated 26 Jul 1461 to 28 Feb 1467.

      From Wikipedia (accessed 3 Sep 2020):

      William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke KG […] known as "Black William", was a Welsh nobleman, soldier, politician, and courtier. He was the son of William ap Thomas, founder of Raglan Castle, and Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam, and grandson of Dafydd Gam, an adherent of King Henry V of England.

      His father had been an ally of Richard of York, and Herbert supported the Yorkist cause in the Wars of the Roses. In 1461 Herbert was rewarded by King Edward IV with the title Baron Herbert of Raglan (having assumed an English-style surname in place of the Welsh patronymic), and was invested as a Knight of the Garter.

      Soon after the decisive Yorkist victory at the Battle of Towton in 1461, Herbert replaced Jasper Tudor as Earl of Pembroke which gave him control of Pembroke Castle - and with it he gained the wardship of young Henry Tudor. However, he fell out with Lord Warwick "the Kingmaker" in 1469, when Warwick turned against the King. Herbert was denounced by Warwick and the Duke of Clarence as one of the king's "evil advisers". William and his brother Richard were executed by the Lancastrians, now led by Warwick, after the Battle of Edgecote Moor, near Banbury.

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    3. [S4327] Tudor Placemen and Statesmen: Select Case Histories by Narasingha Prosad Sil. Madison, New Jersey: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2001.

    4. [S903] The Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales, 2007 and ongoing.