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Berkshire, Earl of (E, 1625/6)


Creation: let. pat. 7 Feb 1625/6


Family name: Howard




See Earl of Suffolk



Thomas [Howard], 1st Viscount Andover later 1st Earl of Berkshire, KG PC

2nd son of Thomas [Howard], 1st Earl of Suffolk, by his second wife Catharine Rich, widow of Hon Richard Rich and 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir Henry Knyvett, of Charlton, Wiltshire




26 May 1614 Lady Elizabeth Cecil (bur. 24 Aug 1672), 1st dau. and cohrss. of William [Cecil], 2nd Earl of Exeter, by his second wife Elizabeth Drury, dau. of Sir William Drury, of Hawsted, co. Suffolk


1. Hon Charles Howard, later 2nd Baron Howard of Charlton later 2nd Earl of Berkshire

2. Hon Thomas Howard, later 3rd Earl of Berkshire

3. Hon Henry Howard, of Revensby, co. Lincoln (b. c. 1620; dsp. 1663), mar. 7 Jul 1648 Hon Elizabeth Craven (b. 16 Feb 1617/8; widow of John [Craven], 1st Baron Craven; mar. (2) as his second wife William [Crofts], 1st Baron Crofts; dsp. 11 Aug 1672), 1st dau. of William [Spencer], 2nd Baron Spencer, by his wife Lady Penelope Wriothesley, 1st dau. of Henry [Wriothesley], 3rd Earl of Southampton

4. Hon William Howard (bapt. 27 Jun 1622), mar. Elizabeth Dundas, dau. of Lothiel Dundas of Dunbar, a Lord of Session in Scotland, and had issue:

1a. Craven Howard MP, of Elford Hall, co. Stafford, Governor of the Linen Manufacturing Company 1692, Member of Parliament for Malmesbury 1695-98 (b. c. 1649; d. 7 Jun 1700;  bur. at Elford, co. Stafford), mar. (1) 29 Jul 1673 Hon Anne Ogle (bur. 1682), a Maid of Honour to Queen Catherine of Braganza and dau. of Thomas Ogle, of Pinchbeck, co. Lincoln, and (2) 12 Jun 1683 Mary Bowes (b. c. 1649), sister and hrss. of Richard Bowes, of Elford Hall, co. Stafford, and dau. of Col George Bowes, of Elford Hall, co. Stafford, by his wife Mary Burdett, dau. of Sir Thomas Burdett, 1st Bt., of Bramcote, and had issue by his second wife:

1b. Henry Bowes Howard, later 4th Earl of Berkshire later 11th Earl of Suffolk

1a. Dorothy Howard, mar. Col James Graham, of Levens, co. Westmorland, and had issue

5. Hon Edward Howard (dsp), mar. twice

6. Hon Sir Robert Howard KB, of Vasterne, co. Wiltshire, Auditor of the Exchequer, mar. Lady Honora Englefield, widow of Sir Francis Englefield, 3rd Bt., of Wootton Basset, co. Wiltshire, and 5th dau. and cohrss. of Henry [O'Brien], 4th Earl of Thomond, by his wife Hon Hon Mary Brereton, only dau. of William [Brereton], 1st Baron Brereton, and had issue:

1a. Thomas Howard, of Ashtead, co. Surrey, Teller of the Exchequer, mar. Lady Diana Newport (mar. (2) Hon William Feilding, 2nd son by his first wife of William [Feilding], 3rd Earl of Denbigh), 3rd dau. of Francis [Newport], 1st Earl of Bradford, by his wife Lady Diana Russell, 4th dau. of Francis [Russell[, 4th Earl of Bedford, and had issue:

1b. Thomas Howard (dsp. 1702

2b. Diana Howard (b. c. 1686; d. 17 Mar 1709), mar. 9 Apr 1703 Edward [Ward], 8th Baron Dudley, and had issue

7. Hon Philip Howard (bapt. 5 Mar 1629; bur. Sep 1717), mar. Mary Jennings, and had issue:

1a. Capt James Howard, of Boughton, co. Cheshire (b. 1 Mar 1679; dspms. 13 Jun 1722), mar. 1698 Katherine Booth (b. c. 1672; d. 1765), dau. of George Booth, of Dunham Massey, and had issue:

1b. Catherine Elizabeth Howard (b. 1700; d. 1775), mar. 1734 Narcissus C Proby, of Damastown, Dublin, and had issue

2b. Martha Maria Howard (b. 1705; dsp. 1797), mar. 1738 Rev Hon Charles Hervey

2a. Capt Charles Howard RN (b. 13 May 1681), mar. Elizabeth Batten, dau. of Edward Batten, and had issue:

1b. Philip Howard (d. 1741), mar. Margaret Screen, dau. and hrss. of Francis Screen, of Edinburgh, and had issue:

1c. John Howard. later 8th Earl of Berkshire and 15th Earl of Suffolk

2c. Philip Howard (b. 1741)

1c. Mary Howard (b. 1735), Woman of the Bedchamber to Princess Amelia

1. Lady Elizabeth Howard (d. 1714), mar. 1 Dec 1663 John Dryden, the poet (b. c. 19 Aug 1631; d. 12 May 1700), 1st son and hr. of Erasmus Dryden, of Tichmarsh, co. Northampton (by his wife Mary Pickering, dau. of Rev Henry Pickering DD), 3rd son of Sir Erasmus Dryden, 1st Bt., of Canons Ashby, co. Northampton, by his wife Frances Wilkes, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of William Wilkes, of Hodnet, co. Warwick, and had issue

2. Lady Diana Howard (d. unm.)

3. Lady Frances Howard (d. 9 Apr 1670), mar. 8 Feb 1649/50 as his second wife Conyers [D'Arcy], 2nd Earl of Holderness, and had issue

4. Lady Mary Howard, imprisoned 1650 for being party to a plot to restore King Charles II (d. unm.)


16 Jul 1669


v.p. 22 Jan 1621/2 Baron Howard of Charlton, of Charlton in the County of Wiltshire, and Viscount Andover

v.p. 7 Feb 1625/6 Earl of Berkshire

suc. by



Knight of the Bath 1604/5;  Member of Parliament for Lancaster 1605-11, Wiltshire 1614 and Cricklade 1620-22; Master of the Horse to Charles, Prince of Wales 1614;  Knight of the Garter 1625;  High Steward of Oxford;  Privy Councillor 1639;  Governor to the Prince of Wales 1643-46


Charles [Howard], 2nd Baron Howard of Charlton later 2nd Earl of Berkshire




10 Apr 1637 Lady Dorothy Savage (d. 6 Dec 1691), 2nd dau. of Thomas [Savage], 1st Viscount Savage, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Darcy, suo jure Countess Rivers for life, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Thomas [Darcy], 1st Earl Rivers


1. ..... Howard (dvp.)

2. ..... Howard (dvp.)

3. ..... Howard (dvp.)

1. Lady Anne Howard (dsp. 19 Sep 1682), mar. as his first wife Sir Henry Bedingfeld, 2nd Bt.

2. Lady ..... Howard


s.p.m.s. Apr 1679

suc. by



Knight of the Bath at the Coronation of King Charles I, 1 Feb 1625/6;  Member of Parliament for Oxford 1640;  sum. to Parliament 18 Nov 1640 v.p. in his father's Barony of Howard of Charlton;  Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1658 and 1660


Thomas [Howard], 3rd Earl of Berkshire


14 Nov 1619

mar. (1)

Hon Frances Harrison, Maid of Honour to Queen Henrietta Maria (dspm. 8 May 1658), dau. of Sir Richard Harrison, of Hurst, Berkshire, by his wife Frances Garrard, dau. and cohrss. of George Garrard, 2nd son of Sir William Garrard, Lord Mayor of London

children by first wife

1. Lady Frances Howard (b. c. 1641; d. 1707), mar. c. 1659 Sir Henry Winchcombe, 1st Bt., and had issue

2. Lady Mary Howard

mar. (2)

Mary Parker (dsp.), dau. of Sir Thomas Parker, of Ratton, co. Sussex, by his wife Hon Philadelphia Lennard, 2nd dau. of Henry [Lennard], 12th Baron Dacre


12 Apr 1706

suc. by

great nephew


Member of Parliament for Wallingford 1641-44;  Col of a Regiment of Horse Sep 1643


Henry Bowes [Howard], 4th Earl of Berkshire later 11th Earl of Suffolk

only son and heir of Craven Howard, of Elford Hall, co. Stafford (by his second wife Mary Bowes, dau. and hrss. of Col George Bowes, of Elford Hall, co. Stafford), only son and heir of Hon William Howard (by his wife Elizabeth ....., dau. of a Lord of Session in Scotland), 4th son of Thomas [Howard], 1st Earl of Berkshire


suc. his cousin 22 Apr 1745 as 11th Earl of Suffolk


The Earldom of Berkshire has been held by the Earls of Suffolk since 22 Apr 1745


 Last updated 9 Jan 2003



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