George Herbert
Privacy Level: Open (White)

George Herbert (1593 - 1633)

George Herbert
Born in Montgomery, Powys, Walesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 5 Mar 1629 (to 1 Mar 1633) [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Bemerton, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Apr 2017
This page has been accessed 332 times.


George Herbert was a one of ten children of Richard Herbert (died 1596) and his wife Magdalen née Newport, the daughter of Sir Richard Newport (1511–70). He was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. After graduating he became a Fellow of his College and University Reader in Rhetoric, and went on to be appointed Cambridge University's Public Orator. In 1624 and 1625 he represented Montgomeryshire in the House of Commons. All this might have been the start of a promising political career, but George Herbert abjured that to become Rector of Fugglestone St Peter with Bemerton, Wiltshire, England. He died of consumption in 1633.


George Herbert is best known as one of the metaphysical poets. He used simple language to convey his experience and view of Christian life, seeing everyday objects as gateways to insights into the spiritual world. Many of his poems involve formal experiments. In one poem - Easter Wings - the shape of the lines of the two verses has the appearance of a bird's wings.

His poetry - collected in The Temple in the year of his death - is still widely read, and several of his poems have been set to music as hymns.

Besides his poetry, he also wrote The Country Parson, also entitled A Priest to the Temple (published posthumously in 1652), which was advice to priests in rural parishes, including about the use of things from everyday country life in sermons. A collection he made of aphorisms was published in 1640.


More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Is George your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon contact private message the profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by

No known carriers of George's ancestors' DNA have taken a DNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Images: 1
George Herbert
George Herbert

Comments: 1

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
Wife, sibling, parents:

Spouse Jane Danvers, same last name as Herbert mother's subsequent, much younger, marriage

posted by Gail Smith

George is 19 degrees from Jaki Erdoes, 14 degrees from Wallis Windsor and 7 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.