James Howard (dramatist)

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James Howard (c. 1640 – July 1669)[1] was an English dramatist and member of a Royalist family during the English Civil War and the Restoration.

He was the eighth son of Thomas Howard and Werburge Kirkhoven, daughter of James, Lord of Heenvliet, Holland, and grandson of Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk (1584–1640), and Elizabeth Home (d. 1633), daughter of the earl of Dunbar.

Howard married Charlotte Fitzroy, a daughter of the Stuart King Charles II and Elizabeth Killigrew. Their daughter was named Stuarta.


Howard wrote two comedies, All Mistaken, or the Mad Couple, (c.1667), and The English Mounsieur (1666). Both starred Nell Gwynn, the mistress of Charles II.[1]

Three of Howard's brothers also wrote plays: Edward Howard, Colonel Henry Howard, and Robert Howard. A sister, Elizabeth Howard, married the poet John Dryden.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Howard, James (c.1640–1669)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/13918. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)