Donald Howard, 3rd Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal

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Donald Sterling Palmer Howard, 3rd Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal (14 June 1891 – 22 February 1959) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.


Strathcona was the son of Robert Jared Bliss Howard and Margaret Charlotte Smith, 2nd Baroness Strathcona and Mount Royal.

He was elected at the 1922 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Cumberland North, and held the seat until 1926, when he succeeded to the peerage on the death of his mother. She had inherited the title from her father, the first Baron, the title having been created with a special remainder to allow female succession.

He served in the 1930s National Government as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard from 1931 to 1934 and as Under-Secretary of State for War from 1934 to 1939.

Marriage & Family[edit]

On 25 October 1922 Strathcona married Hon Diana Evelyn Loder, daughter of Gerald Loder, 1st Baron Wakehurst and Lady Louise de Vere Beauclerk, a daughter of William Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans. They had five children:[1]

  • Donald Euan Palmer Howard, 4th Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal (born 26 November 1923)
  • Hon Barnaby John Howard (born 23 November 1925, died 18 December 2011)
  • An unnamed daughter (born 31 October 1927, died 3 November 1927)
  • Hon Jonathan Alan Howard (born 15 November 1933)
  • Hon Diana Catriona Howard (born 13 March 1935)

On his death in 1959, he was succeeded in the peerage by his eldest son, Euan.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Christopher William Lowther
Member of Parliament for North Cumberland
Succeeded by
Fergus Graham
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl Stanhope
Under-Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
The Earl of Munster
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Margaret Howard
Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal
Succeeded by
Euan Howard