son of William Herbert and Judith his wife; born at Rhiwbren, Llanarth, Cardiganshire. Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, he graduated B.A. in 1790, and was ordained in January 1791 by John, bishop of Rochester. Returning to Wales, he became successively curate of Llanddeiniol, July 1796, and Llansantffraed, Cardiganshire, August 1801. He was preferred to the vicariate of the latter place in August 1812, and with it held the curacy of Llanrhystud (1814) and the perpetual curacy of Rhyd-y-briw, Brecknock (1834). He married Mary Price of Felindre Uchaf, Llanfihangel Ystrad, and by her had five children: the eldest, William (1796 - 1893) followed him at Llansantffraed, where he was vicar from 1836-84, and the only daughter Mary, married David Parry (1794 - 1877), vicar of Llywel. David Herbert was buried 5 December 1835 at Llansantffraed. His influence on his parishioners, after the Methodist secession in 1811, was considerable and effective. Particular tribute is paid to his penetrating mind, his gifts as a preacher, and his conciliatory power.
Published date: 1959
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