Excerpt from Wiltshire Notes and Queries, Vol. 8: An Illustrated Quarterly Antiquarian and Genealogical Magazine, 1914-16
The office of warden of the forest was always an important one, and, no doubt, became more important when Clarendon ceased to be a royal residence. In 1552, William Herbert, afterwards Earl of Pembroke, had a grant of the office of warden for his life and for the life of his son after him, and, in 1606, James I, by letters patent, granted to the fourth Earl the whole of the offices of keeper, warden, lieutenant, and bailiff, of the forest and park of Clarendon. By this comprehensive patent the Earl obtained the most absolute control that probably any one subject ever possessed over a royal forest. The wardenship remained in the Pem broke family by virtue of renewed grants down to the Commonwealth, and on the sale of Clarendon Lord Pembroke received compensation for his rights from the Commissioners.
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