Charles Howard, 7th Earl of Suffolk

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Charles William Howard, 7th Earl of Suffolk, 2nd Earl of Bindon (9 May 1693 – 8 February 1722) was a British peer, styled Lord Chesterford from 1706 to 1709 and Lord Walden from 1709 to 1718. He was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge.[1] He succeeded Henry Howard, 6th Earl of Suffolk in 1718.

In 1715, Howard married Arabella, the daughter and one of the heirs of Elizabeth Morse and Samuel Astry. The Morse family owned the "Great House" in Henbury in Bristol and Howard lived there with his wife.[2]

Enslaved man Scipio Africanus worked for Howard in the Great House and at some point appears to have been made a freed servant.[2] He was buried with an unusually elaborate gravestone. Just over one year after Africanus' death, Howard died in February 1722, and then Arabella died four months later.[2]


  1. ^ "Howard De Walden, Charles William (HWRT710CW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c Macquiban, Tim (23 September 2004). "Africanus, Scipio (c. 1702–1720), servant". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/56658. Retrieved 2020-06-19. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • Charles Mosley (ed.), Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th Edition, Wilmington, Delaware, 2003, vol III, pp. 3814–3817, ISBN 0-9711966-2-1
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Suffolk
Lord Lieutenant of Essex
Succeeded by
The Earl of Thomond
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Howard
Earl of Suffolk
Succeeded by
Edward Howard
Earl of Bindon