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Earl of Pembroke

The Earldom of Pembroke, associated with Pembroke Castle in Wales, was created by King Stephen of England. Several times the line has become extinct, and the earldom has been re-created, starting the count over again with a new first Earl. On 1 September 1533 King Henry VIII created Anne Boleyn Marchioness of Pembroke in her own right, a signal honor, because his great-uncle Jasper Tudor had been the earl of Pembroke.

The current Earl also holds the title Earl of Montgomery (1605), created for the younger son of the 2nd Earl before he succeeded as 4th Earl, as well as the subsidiary titles Baron Herbert of Cardiff, of Cardiff in the County of Glamorgan (1551), Baron Herbert of Shurland, of Shurland in the Isle of Sheppey in the County of Kent (1605), and Baron Herbert of Lea, of Lea in the County of Wilts (1861). All are in the Peerage of England except the Barony of Herbert of Lea, which is in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

The family seat is at Wilton House in Wiltshire.


Earls of Pembroke, first Creation (circa 1138)

Earls of Pembroke, second Creation (1189)

Earls of Pembroke, third Creation (1247)

Earls of Pembroke, fourth Creation (1339)

  • Lawrence Hastings, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1318-1348)
  • John Hastings, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (1347-1375)
  • John Hastings, 3rd Earl of Pembroke (1372-1389)

Earls of Pembroke, fifth Creation (1414)

Earls of Pembroke, sixth Creation (1446)

Earls of Pembroke, seventh Creation (1452)

Earls of Pembroke, eighth Creation (1468)

  • William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423-1469)
  • William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (d. 1491) (surrendered 1479)

Earls of Pembroke, ninth Creation (1479)

Marchioness of Pembroke (1533)

Earl of Pembroke, tenth Creation (1551)

There is a tall ship named the Earl of Pembroke, which has been used in a number of historical films.

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