Edward Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Escrick

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Edward Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Escrick (died 24 April 1675) was an English nobleman and Parliamentarian.

Howard was the youngest son of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk. He was knighted KB. In 1624 he was elected Member of Parliament for Calne and for Wallingford and chose to sit for Calne.[1] He was elected MP for Hertford in 1628 but created Baron Howard of Escrick on 12 April 1628.[2]

Howard was one of the twelve peers who signed the petition on grievances, which he presented to Charles I at York in 1640.[3] He was very active in the early parts of the English Civil War. He was one of the ten Lords selected to attend the Westminster Assembly of Divines along with 20 Commoners as lay assessor, and was often employed in negotiations with Scottish officials. However, he was left off the Committee of Both Kingdoms and generally seems to play less of a role in the coming years.

After the abolition of the House of Lords in 1649 he sat in the Commons as member for Carlisle, being also a member of the council of state. In 1651 he was expelled from parliament for taking bribes.[3]

Howard married Mary Butler, daughter of John Boteler and Elizabeth Villiers, and had two sons, Thomas, 2nd Baron Howard of Escrick, who married Elizabeth Mordaunt, daughter of John Mordaunt, 1st Earl of Peterborough, and William Howard, 3rd Baron Howard of Escrick, notorious both as a rebel and as an informer and double agent.


  1. ^ Robert E. Ruigh The Parliament of 1624: politics and foreign policy
  2. ^ "HOWARD, Sir Edward II (?1602-1675), of Escrick, Yorks. and Tollesbury Hall, Essex". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Suffolk, Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of". Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 26. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Duckett
John Pym
Member of Parliament for Calne
With: John Duckett 1624
George Lowe 1625
Succeeded by
George Lowe
Sir John Eyres
Preceded by
Sir William Harrington
Sir Capell Bedell
Member of Parliament for Hertford
With: Sir Thomas Fanshawe
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Morrison
Sir Thomas Fanshawe
Preceded by
Thomas Cholmley
Member of Parliament for Carlisle
Succeeded by
Unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
Peerage of England
New creation Baron Howard of Escrick
Succeeded by
Thomas Howard