George Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle
The Earl of Carlisle
|Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster|
6 March 1850 – 21 February 1852
|Prime Minister||Lord John Russell|
|Preceded by||The Lord Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Robert Adam Christopher|
|Lord Lieutenant of Ireland|
7 March 1855 – 8 March 1858
|Prime Minister||The Viscount Palmerston|
|Preceded by||The Earl of St Germans|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Eglinton|
24 June 1859 – 1 November 1864
|Prime Minister||The Viscount Palmerston|
|Preceded by||The Earl of Eglinton|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Wodehouse|
|Born||18 April 1802|
Berkeley Square, Westminster
|Died||5 December 1864 (aged 62)|
Castle Howard, Yorkshire
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
Carlisle was born in Westminster, London, the eldest son of George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle by his wife Lady Georgiana Cavendish, eldest daughter of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire. Lord Lanerton and Charles Howard were his younger brothers. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, where he earned a reputation as a scholar and writer of graceful verse, obtaining in 1821 both the chancellor's and the Newdigate prizes for a Latin poem, Paestum, and an English one. He maintained his interest in poetry throughout his life, exchanging sonnets with William Wordsworth. In 1826 he accompanied his maternal grandfather, the Duke of Devonshire, to the Russian Empire, to attend the coronation of Tsar Nicholas I, and became a great favourite in society at St Petersburg.
At the general election in 1826 Carlisle was returned to parliament as member for the family borough of Morpeth (in Northumberland), a seat he held until 1830, and then represented Yorkshire until 1832 and the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1832 to 1841 and from 1846 to 1848. The latter year he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.
Carlisle served under Lord Melbourne as Chief Secretary for Ireland between 1835 and 1841, under Lord John Russell as First Commissioner of Woods and Forests from 1846 to 1850 and as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1850 to 1852 and under Lord Palmerston as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1855 to 1858 and again from 1859 to 1864. In 1835 he was appointed to the Privy Councils of the United Kingdom and Ireland. On 2 April 1853, he was given the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh, and in 1855, he was made a Knight of the Garter.
Lord Carlisle died unmarried at Castle Howard in December 1864, aged 62, and was buried in the family mausoleum. He was succeeded in the earldom by his younger brother, Reverend William George Howard.
BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM
BY HIS PUBLIC CONDUCT
WON the RESPECT of his COUNTRY
and LEFT THE BRIGHT EXAMPLE
OF A TRVE PATRIOT
AND EARNEST CHRISTIAN
VIIth EARL of CARLISLE
Statues of him were also erected in Phoenix Park, Dublin, and in Brampton, Carlisle in Cumbria, both in 1870. The statue in Brampton stands on Brampton motte and depicts him in the robes of a Knight of the Garter. The statue in Phoenix Park stood in the Peoples' Garden until 1956, when it was blown off its plinth in an explosion, and subsequently removed to Castle Howard in Yorkshire.  The plinth it once stood on remains in place.
- 'The Pride of Yorkshire', leaflet for exhibition on George Howard, Castle Howard, 2010
- EB (1911), p. 340.
- EB (1911), pp. 340–341.
- EB (1911), p. 341.
- Gilbert, W.M., Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century, Edinburgh, 1901: 124
- EB (1878), p. 110.
- "Howard Monument". Old Cumbria Gazetteer. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- "Carlisle Monument, Peoples' Garden, Phoenix Park". Buildings of Ireland. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- Baynes, T.S., ed. (1878), Encyclopædia Britannica, 5 (9th ed.), New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, p. 110 ,
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911), , Encyclopædia Britannica, 5 (11th ed.), Cambridge University Press, pp. 339–341
- Dictionary of National Biography. 1885–1900. .
- Obituary in the Sidney Mail
- Extracts from journals kept by George Howard, earl of Carlisle: selected by his sister, Lady Caroline Lascelles
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Carlisle