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Torrington, Earl of (E, 1689 - 1716)


Creation: let.pat. 29 May 1689


Extinct: 14 Apr 1716


Family name: Herbert




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Arthur [Herbert], 1st Earl of Torrington, PC

2nd son of Sir Edward Herbert, Attorney-General to King Charles I and Lord Keeper of the Great Seal 1653-54, by his wife Margaret Carey, widow of Hon Thomas Carey (2nd son of Robert [Carey], 1st Earl of Monmouth) and dau. of Sir Thomas Smith, of Parson's Green, co. Middlesex, Master of the Requests


c. 1648

mar. (1)

aft. 2 Nov 1672 Anne Pheasant (widow of Walter Pheasant, of Upwood, co. Huntingdon), dau. of George Hadley, of Southgate, co. Middlesex, grocer, by his second wife Anne Harrison, dau. of Gilbert Harrison, Chamberlain of London

mar. (2)

c. 1 Aug 1704 Anne Crewe (widow of (1) Sir Thomas Wodehouse, of Kimberley, co. Norfolk, and (2) Thomas [Crewe], 2nd Baron Crewe; d. 2 Apr 1719), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir William Airmine, 2nd Bt., of Osgodby, co. Lincoln, by his wife Anne Crane, 2nd dau. and cohrss. by his second wife of Sir Robert Crane, 1st Bt., of Chilton, co. Suffolk


s.p. 14 Apr 1716


29 May 1689 Baron Herbert, of Torbay in the County of Devon, and Earl of Torrington, with a special remainder failing heirs male of his body to his brother Charles Herbert in like manner


entered the Navy 1663; Lieut of the "Defiance" 1666; Capt of the "Pembroke" 1666, the "Constant Warwick" 1667-68, and the "Dragon" 1669-72; in the Mediterranean 1669-72 fighting against the Algerines; Capt of the "Dreadnought" 1672 and of the "Cambridge" 1672-75, fighting at Solebay 1672 and Schooneveld 1673 and back in the Mediterranean 1674-75; Capt of the "Rupert" 1677, the "Bristol" 1679 and the "Tiger" 1682-83; Vice-Admiral in the Straits 1677/8; Admiral and Commander-in-Chief against the Algerines 1680-81; concluded Articles of Peace with Algiers 1682; a Commissioner of the Admiralty 1683-84; Rear-Admiral of England 1683/4-86/7; a Groom of the Bedchamber to the Duke of York 1684; Master of the Robes 1684/5-86/7; Member of Parliament (Whig) for Dover 1685-87 and for Plymouth 1689; Col of a Regiment of Foot 1686-86/7; dismissed from all offices for refusing to vote for the repeal of the Test Acts 1686/7; a supporter of the Prince of Orange; Privy Councillor 1688/9-92; First Commissioner of the Admiralty 1688/9-1689/90; an Elder Brother of the Trinity House 1689-1716 and Master of the Trinity House 1689-90; Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Channel and on the coast of Ireland 1689, engaging and defeating a French fleet at Bantry Bay 1689; Vice-Admiral and Lieutenant of the Admiralty of England 1689-90; Col of the First Marine Regiment of Foot 1689/90-90; Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the English and Dutch fleets 1690; defeated by the French in an action off Beachy Head, following which he was imprisoned in the Tower of London and tried by Court Martial; acquitted but spent the rest of his life in retirement


On the death of the 1st Earl of Torrington both his titles became extinct


 First written 29 Mar 2003



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