Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk

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Arms of Sir Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, KG

Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, KG (13 August 1584 – 3 June 1640) was an English nobleman and politician.

Born at the family estate of Saffron Walden, he was the son of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, by his second wife, Catherine Knyvet of Charlton, and succeeded his father in 1626.

Sir Theophilus Howard was named in the Second Charter of Virginia made by King James I on 23 May 1609. The members of this extensive list were "incorporated by the name of The Tresorer and Companie of Adventurers and Planters of the Citty of London for the Firste Collonie in Virginia."

He was elected MP for Maldon in a by-election in 1605 caused by the death of Sir Edward Lewknor and sat until he was ennobled in 1610 as Baron Howard de Walden by a Writ of Acceleration. [1]

He was the dedicatee of Shelton's translation of Don Quixote, the first translation of the work in any language. The translation of the first part of Don Quixote was published in London in 1612, while Cervantes was still alive. It is not known why Shelton chose Howard as dedicatee, although he was possibly a distant relative.[2]

Howard owned Framlingham Castle in Suffolk which he sold to Sir Robert Hitcham in 1635 for the sum of £14,000.

He died at Suffolk House, Charing Cross, London, and was buried on 10 June that year in Saffron Walden.

Marriage and children[edit]

In March 1612, he married Elizabeth Home (d. 19 August 1633), daughter of George Home, 1st Earl of Dunbar. They had nine children:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HOWARD, Theophilus, Lord Howard de Walden (1584-1640), of Audley End, Essex and Suffolk House, The Strand, Westminster". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Kelly, L. G.. “Shelton, Thomas (fl. 1598–1629).” L. G. Kelly in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004. Online ed., edited by Lawrence Goldman, January 2008. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/25318 (accessed November 24, 2014, subscription or UK public library membership required).
Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Howard of Bindon
Vice-Admiral of Dorset
1603–1611
Succeeded by
The Lord Cottington
Vacant
Title last held by
The Earl of Cumberland
Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland
with The Earl of Cumberland 1607–1639
The Lord Clifford 1607–1639
The Earl of Dunbar 1607–1611
The Earl of Northumberland 1626–1639
The Earl of Arundel 1632–1639
Lord Maltravers 1632–1639

1607–1639
Succeeded by
The Earl of Arundel
Lord Maltravers
Lord Lieutenant of Westmorland
with The Earl of Cumberland 1607–1639
The Lord Clifford 1607–1639
The Earl of Dunbar 1607–1611
The Earl of Northumberland 1626–1639
The Earl of Arundel 1632–1639
Lord Maltravers 1632–1639

1607–1639
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cumberland
The Lord Clifford
Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland
with The Earl of Cumberland 1607–1639
The Lord Clifford 1607–1639
The Earl of Dunbar 1607–1611
The Earl of Northumberland 1626–1639
The Earl of Arundel 1632–1639
Lord Maltravers 1632–1639

1607–1639
Succeeded by
The Earl of Northumberland
Preceded by
The Earl of Suffolk
Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners
1616–1635
Succeeded by
The Earl of Salisbury
Custos Rotulorum of Suffolk
1624–1640
Succeeded by
The Earl of Suffolk
Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk
1626–1640
Succeeded by
The Earl of Suffolk
Sir Thomas Jermyn
Custos Rotulorum of Essex
1624–1640
Succeeded by
The Lord Maynard
Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
1626–1640
Lord Lieutenant of Dorset
with The Earl of Suffolk 1626–1628

1626–1640
Succeeded by
The Lord Cottington
Preceded by
The Viscount Howard of Bindon
Custos Rotulorum of Dorset
bef. 1621–1640
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Buckingham
Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
1628–1640
Succeeded by
The Duke of Lennox
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Thomas Howard
Earl of Suffolk
1626–1640
Succeeded by
James Howard
Baron Howard de Walden
(writ of acceleration)

1610–1640