Edward Herbert

c1758-1820. He was the natural child of John Nott of Braydon and Beata Price or Harbert, and the half brother of Captain John Neale Pleydell Nott who was fatally wounded whilst commanding the Centaur 74 at the Battle of Fort Royal on 29 April 1781.

Herbert went to sea in the summer of 1769, seeing service at Jamaica as a captain’s servant aboard the Dunkirk 60, Captain Walter Stirling, which ship flew the broad pennant of Commodore Arthur Forrest before that officer died in May 1770. In 1771 he removed to the Achilles 60, Captain Richard Collins, which arrived on the Jamaican station that summer. He then spent eight months aboard the Diana 32, Captain Henry Davis, and remaining at Jamaica he saw further service aboard the Seaford 20, Captain Richard Collins, on which he was rated a midshipman before she was paid off in the early summer of 1775.

Herbert saw action at the Battle of St. Lucia in 1778 aboard the Centurion.

In the summer of 1775 he joined the Centurion 50, Captain Richard Braithwaite, which went out to North America and was present on 8 December 1776 at the occupation of Rhode Island, and served with Vice-Admiral Lord Howe’s fleet at New York. After participating in the manoeuvres with the French fleet off Rhode Island in August 1778 she sailed that autumn with Commodore William Hotham’s squadron to reinforce the Leeward Islands, seeing action at the Battle of St. Lucia on 15 December.

Herbert was commissioned lieutenant on 22 September 1779 and saw further service under his half-brother, Captain John Nott, aboard the Centaur 74, being present at the Battle of Fort Royal on 29 April 1781 when Captain Nott was fatally wounded.

He was promoted commander on 14 May 1781, and briefly had the St. Eustatius and then the bomb Carcass from June-July before joining the ex-merchant brig Experiment 14, which had been taken at the capture of St. Eustatius. He continued to serve in the Leeward Islands, losing one man killed and fifteen wounded in an engagement with two superior American privateers off Tortola on March 1782.

Herbert was posted captain on 5 January 1783 and joined the forty year-old Yarmouth 64, which returned to England to be paid off in June. He did not see any further service.

He became a superannuated captain on 23 April 1804 and died in May 1820. He was buried in Miserden, Gloucestershire.

Herbert married Mary Vines of Prestbury, Gloucestershire in 1790 and had issue thirteen children. The address in his will was given as Frampton Mancel in the Parish of Sapperton & County of Gloucester, although his residence at the time of his death was at Wisanger, Miserden, in Gloucestershire.