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Effingham, Earl of (GB, 1731 - 1816)


Creation: let. pat. 8 Dec 1731


Family name: Howard




See Earl of Effingham



Francis [Howard], 7th Baron Howard of Effingham later 1st Earl of Effingham

brother of Thomas [Howard], 6th Baron Howard of Effingham, and 2nd son of Francis [Howard], 5th Baron Howard of Effingham, by his first wife Philadelphia Pelham, 1st dau. by his third wife of Sir Thomas Pelham, 2nd Bt. MP, of Laughton, co. Sussex


20 Oct 1683

mar. (1)

23 Feb 1712/3 Diana O'Farrell, dau. of Lt Gen Fergus O'Farrell, of Ireland

only child by first wife

1. Hon Thomas Howard, later 2nd Earl of Effingham

mar. (2)

23 May 1728 Annie Bristow (d. 15 Nov 1774), sister of Robert Bristow, Commissioner of the Board of Green Cloth, and dau. of Robert Bristow


12 Feb 1742/3


8 Dec 1731 Earl of Effingham

suc. by

son by first wife


Lt Col of the 3rd Foot Guards 1722;  suc. his brother 10 Jul 1725 as 7th Baron Howard of Effingham;  Lt Col of the Horse Grenadier Guards 1731;  Deputy Earl Marshal 1731;  Col of the 20th Regiment of Foot 1732-37;  Col of the 2nd Horse Grenadier Guards 1737-40;  Brigadier General 1739;  Col of the 4th Horse Guards 1740-43


Thomas [Howard], 2nd Earl of Effingham




14 Feb 1744/5 Elizabeth Beckford, Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte 1761-69 (mar. (2) 21 May 1776 as his second wife Field Marshal Sir George Howard KB;  d. 13 Oct 1791), sister of William Beckford MP, Lord Mayor of London 1770, and dau. of Peter Beckford, of St Catharine's, Jamaica, Speaker of the Jamaican House of Assembly, by his wife Bathshua Hering, dau. and cohrss. of Col Julines Hering


1. Hon Thomas Howard, later 3rd Earl of Effingham

2. Hon Richard Howard, later 4th Earl of Effingham

1. Lady Elizabeth Howard (d. 31 Oct 1815), mar. 26 Jan 1774 Rt Rev Henry Reginald Courtenay DD, Bishop of Exeter (b. 1741; d. 9 Jun 1803), 2nd son of Henry Reginald Courtenay MP (by his wife Lady Catherine Bathurst, 2nd dau. of Allen [Bathurst], 1st Earl Bathurst), 4th son of Sir William Courtenay, 2nd Bt., of Powderham Castle, co. Devon, de jure 6th Earl of Devon, and had issue

2. Lady Anne Howard, mar. Lt Col Christopher Carleton (d. 1787)

3. Lady Maria Howard (b. 30 Aug 1753; d. 14 Mar 1836; bur. with her husband at Nately Scures, co. Hampshire), mar. 21 May 1772 Guy [Carleton], 1st Baron Dorchester, and had issue


19 Nov 1763

suc. by



Deputy Earl Marshal 1743;  Lt Col of the 2nd Horse Guards 1743;  ADC to the King 1749;  Col of the 34th Regiment of Foot 1754-60;  Col of the 1st Horse Grenadier Guards 1760-63;  Maj General 1758;  Lt General 1760


Thomas [Howard], 3rd Earl of Effingham, PC


13 Jan 1746/7


14 Oct 1765 Catherine Proctor (d. 14 Oct 1791), dau. of Metcalfe Proctor, of Thorpe, nr. Leeds, co. York, by his first wife Martha Disney, dau. of John Disney, of Lincoln


s.p. 19 Nov 1791

suc. by



Lt Colonel 1782;  Deputy Earl Marshal 1777-82;  Privy Councillor 1782;  Acting Grand Master of Freemasons 1782-89;  Treasurer of the Household 1782-83;  Master of the Mint 1784-89;  Governor of Jamaica 1789-91


Richard [Howard], 4th Earl of Effingham


21 Feb 1747/8


14 Jun 1785 Harriet Elizabeth Marsh (d. 7 Mar 1827), dau. and cohrss. of John Marsh, of Waresley Park, co. Huntingdon


s.p. 10 Dec 1816


Lt 1st Horse Guards 1768;  Secretary and Comptroller of the Household to the Queen Consort 1784-1814;  Treasurer of the Household to the Queen Consort 1814-16


On the death of the 4th Earl of Effingham the Earldom of Effingham became extinct but the Barony of Howard of Effingham was inherited by his third cousin, Kenneth Alexander Howard, who succeeded as 11th Baron Howard of Effingham, and who was himself created Earl of Effingham in 1837.


 Last updated 17 Jul 2012



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