Auberon Edward William Molyneaux Herbert, the younger son of the third Earl of Canarvon, was born in Highclere, Hampshire on 18 June 1838 and died in Ringwood in the same county on 5 November 1906. He had a conventional upper-class upbringing, being educated at Eton and St John's College, Oxford before serving for a short period in the British Army. Originally a Conservative, Herbert was a Liberal Party MP for Nottingham from 1870–74. During this period he espoused republican sentiments and supported unionization among agricultural workers, and compulsory, non-sectarian state education. He was later prominent in libertarian causes.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.