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Nottingham, Earl of (E, 1597 - 1681)


Creation: let. pat. 22 Oct 1597


Extinct: 26 Apr 1681


Family name: Howard




See Baron Howard of Effingham



Charles [Howard], 2nd Baron Howard of Effingham later 1st Earl of Nottingham, KG

1st son and heir of William [Howard], 1st Baron Howard of Effingham, by his second wife Margaret Gamage, 3rd dau. of Sir Thomas Gamage, of Coity, co. Glamorgan



mar. (1)

Jul 1563 Hon Katharine Carey (d. 25 Feb 1602/3), Lady of the Privy Chamber, 1st dau. of Henry [Carey], 1st Baron Hunsdon, by his wife Ann Morgan, dau. of Sir Thomas Morgan, of Arkestone, co. Hereford

children by first wife

1. Hon William Howard, styled Lord Howard later 3rd Baron Howard of Effingham, knighted 1596, Member of Parliament for Surrey 1597-98 and 1601-03, sum. v.p. to the House of Lords in his father's Barony of Howard of Effingham from 31 Jan 1603/4 to 5 Apr 1614 (b. 27 Dec 1577; dvp. and spm. 28 Nov 1615; on his death the Barony reverted to his father), mar. 7 Feb 1596/7 Hon Anne St John (d. 7 Jun 1638), only dau. and hrss. of John [St John], 2nd Baron St John of Bletso, by his wife Catherine Dormer, dau. by his second wife of Sir William Dormer, of Elthorpe, co. Buckingham, and had issue:

1a. Hon Elizabeth Howard (b. 19 Jan 1602/3; bur. 18 Nov 1671), mar. 7 Apr 1621 John [Mordaunt], 1st Earl of Peterborough, and had issue

2. Hon Charles Howard, later 2nd Earl of Nottingham

1. Lady Elizabeth Howard (bur. 31 Jan 1645/6), mar. (1) Sir Robert Southwell, of Woodrising, co. Norfolk, and (2) 26 Oct 1604 John [Stewart], 1st Earl of Carrick, and had issue

2. Lady Frances Howard (b. bef. 1572; bur. in Westminster Abbey 11 Jul 1628), mar. (1) 22 Feb 1589/90 Henry [FitzGerald], 12th Earl of Kildare, and (2) after 27 May 1601 Henry [Brooke], 11th Baron Cobham of Kent, and had issue by her first husband

3. Lady Margaret Howard, mar. Sir Richard Leveson, of Trentham, co. Stafford, and had issue

mar. (2)

Sep 1603 Lady Margaret Stewart (mar. (2) 25 Oct 1625 as his first wife William [Monson], 1st Viscount Monson;  d. 4 Aug 1639), 1st dau. of James [Stewart], jure uxoris 2nd Earl of Moray, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Stewart, suo jure Countess of Moray, 1st dau. and cohrss. of James [Stewart], 1st Earl of Moray, Regent of Scotland

only child by second wife

3. Hon Charles Howard, later 3rd Earl of Nottingham


14 Dec 1624


22 Oct 1597 Earl of Nottingham (granted by Royal Warrant 18 Feb 1618/9 the precedency of the Earldom of Nottingham, cr. 1377)

suc. by

second but 1st surv. son


Gentleman of the Privy Chamber 1558;  Member of Parliament for Surrey 1563-67 and 1572-73;  knighted c.1571;  suc. his father 11 Jan 1572/3 as 2nd Baron Howard of Effingham;  Knight of the Garter 1575;  Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and of Sussex 1585-1624;  Privy Councillor 1584 and 1603;  Chamberlain to the Household 1583/4-85;  Lord High Admiral 1585-1618/9;  Constable of Windsor Castle 1588-1624;  High Steward of Windsor 1592/3-1624;  Keeper of Hampton Court 1592/3;  a Commissioner to exercise the office of Earl Marshal 1591/2-1601, 1603/4, 1604/5, 1616, 1617 and 1617/8;  Chief Justice in Eyre South of Trent 1597-1624;  Lord Steward of the Household 1597-1615


Charles [Howard], 2nd Earl of Nottingham


17 Sep 1579

mar. (1)

19 May 1597 Charity Leche (widow of Richard Leche, of Sheffield in Fletching, co. Sussex;  d. 18 Dec 1618), dau. of Robert White, of Christchurch, Hampshire

mar. (2)

22 Apr 1620 Mary Cokayne (d. 6 Feb 1650/1), sister of Charles [Cokayne], 1st Viscount Cullen, and 1st dau. of Sir William Cokayne, of Rushton Hall, co. Northampton, and Elmesthorpe Manor, co. Leicester, Lord Mayor of London 1619-20, by his wife Mary Morris, dau. of Richard Morris, of St Leonard's, Eastcheap, London


s.p. 3 Oct 1642

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Bletchingley 1597, for Surrey 1597-98, for Sussex 1601 and 1604-11, and for Shoreham 1614;  Keeper of Windsor Great Park 1601-16;  knighted 1603;  Keeper of Ditton Park, co. Buckingham, 1603;  Lord Lieutenant of Surrey 1621-42;  Vice-Admiral of Sussex 1626-38


Charles [Howard], 3rd Earl of Nottingham


25 Dec 1610


bef. 30 Jun 1627 Arabella Smith (d. 16 Jan 1681/2), sister of Sir Edward Smith, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas of Ireland, and dau. of Edward Smith, of the Middle Temple, London


s.p. 26 Apr 1681


knighted 2 Apr 1624;  High Steward of Kingston-on-Thames 1642-57


On the death of the 3rd Earl of Nottingham the Earldom of Nottingham became extinct but the Barony of Howard of Effingham passed to his cousin and heir male, Francis Howard, who succeeded as 5th Baron Howard of Effingham


 Last updated 7 Jun 2009



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