Magnus Morton Herbert

???? - 1834


Slave-owner on Nevis, dying in Brussels in October 1834.

  1. Magnus Morton was the nephew of John Richardson Herbert Esq. (q.v.), President of the Council of Nevis. Mr. Herbert's only child, Martha Williams Hamilton, died in August 1819 without issue. In 1820, following instructions in Mr. Herbert's will, Magnus Morton assumed the name and arms of Herbert. He married Christian or Christianna, daughter of George Forbes of Bush Hill, Nevis.

  2. In 1817 he was the speaker of the Nevis House of Assembly.

  3. In 1861 Magnus M. F. [sic] Herbert aged 34 Capt. Army retired born West Indies was living at Horton House Northants with his wife Henrietta and Sir Robert Henry Gunning, his father-in-law (his wife Henrietta was illegitimate Sir Robert Henry Gunning, although Sir Robert Henry Gunning appeared on her marriage certificate). Magnus Forbes Morton Herbert died in 1918 leaving just under £15,000 personalty, and was the grandson of Magnus Morton Herbert and Christian[na] Forbes. Magnus Forbes Morton-Herbert's son, Magnus William Morton-Herbert II, married Laura Clinton, whose image as Laura Linden actress is in the NPG.


David Small included considerable detail on Magnus Morton Herbert in his 'Montpelier Estate St John Figtree Nevis Contrasting Legacies on a Sugar Plantation' (2010), [accessed 14/04/2017]; Gentleman's Magazine Vol. III N Jan-June 1835, which showed the death the previous October in Brussels of Magnus Morton Herbert of Nevis p. 446.

  1. Nicholas Harris Nicolas ed. (1844 / 2011) The dispatches and letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson Vol. 1; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pg. 218

  2. Miscellaneous Papers: Ionian Islands; Slave in the Colonies , Session 27 Jan to 10 June 1818, Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons VOL.XVII, p 87.

  3. 1861 census online; NPG x20049 Laura Linden (Laura Sophia Morton-Herbert, née Clinton) as Olivia in 'The Vicar of Wideawakefield' by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Carson & Comerford carbon print, published 1 November 1885 4 1/2 in. x 3 5/8 in. (114 mm x 91 mm) image size acquired unknown source, 1946.

Further Information

Christian nee Forbes

Associated Estates (8)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1822 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Executor
1822 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Executor
1817 [EA] - 1831 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1831 [LA] → Owner
1822 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Executor
1822 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Executor
1822 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Executor
1822 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Executor

Relationships (3)

Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Nephew → Uncle
First Cousins