Somerset was born at Raglan and in 1642–5 held south Wales for the king. After Naseby, Herbert was made earl of Glamorgan and sent to Ireland to treat with his fellow‐catholics in the Kilkenny Confederation. His private instructions were to obtain Irish troops at all costs. Victim of Charles I's tricky diplomacy, Glamorgan's secret treaty made such sweeping concessions to the catholics, that the king was obliged to repudiate it. Glamorgan recovered his estates at the Restoration.
Subjects: British History.