Ralph Howard, 1st Viscount Wicklow

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Ralph Howard, later 1st Viscount Wicklow (Pompeo Batoni, 1752)

Ralph Howard, 1st Viscount Wicklow PC (I) (1726 – 26 June 1786) was an Anglo-Irish politician and nobleman.

Biography[edit]

Ralph Howard was born at Shelton Abbey, County Wicklow, the eldest son of the Rt. Rev. Robert Howard (1670–1740), Bishop of Elphin. Howard was High Sheriff of Wicklow in 1749, and of County Carlow in 1754. In 1761 and 1768 he was elected M.P. for both Wicklow County and the borough of St Johnstown, choosing to sit for the county.[1]

In May 1770, he was appointed to the Privy Council of Ireland and on 12 July 1776 Howard was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Clonmore of Clonmore Castle, County Carlow. In June 1785 he was further honoured as Viscount Wicklow, and died a year later on 26 June 1786. His widow, Alice, daughter and sole heiress of William Forward of Castle Forward, co. Donegal, was created Countess of Wicklow in her own right on the 20 December 1793. She died 7 March 1807. Their son, Robert Howard, succeeded her as Earl of Wicklow.[1] Their great-grandnephew Ralph Howard became the seventh Earl of Wicklow.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b  "Howard, Ralph". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Anthony Brabazon
Richard Chapel Whaley
Member of Parliament for County Wicklow
1761–1776
With: Hon. Richard Wingfield 1761–1765
William Brabazon 1765–1776
Succeeded by
William Brabazon
Hon. John Stratford
Preceded by
William Forward
Hon. George Hamilton
Member of Parliament for St Johnstown
1761
With: William Forward
Succeeded by
William Forward
William Talbot
Preceded by
William Forward
William Talbot
Member of Parliament for St Johnstown
1768–1769
With: William Talbot
Succeeded by
William Talbot
Hugh Howard
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Viscount Wicklow
1785–1786
Succeeded by
Robert Howard
Baron Clonmore
1776–1786