Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire

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The Earl of Berkshire
Born 8 October 1587
Saffron Walden, Essex
Died 16 July 1669
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Cecil
Children Charles Howard (2nd Earl of Berkshire)
Mary Howard
Thomas Howard (3rd Earl of Berkshire)
Henry Howard
William Howard
Sir Robert Howard
Elizabeth Howard
Colonel Philip Howard
Frances Howard
James Howard
Algernon Howard
Edward Howard
Diana Howard
Parent(s) Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk
Catherine Knyvet.

Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire (8 October 1587 – 16 July 1669) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1605 and 1622. He was created Earl of Berkshire in 1626.


Howard was born in Saffron Walden, Essex, the second son of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk and his wife Catherine Knyvet. He was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge.[1] He was knighted in 1604. In 1605 he was elected Member of Parliament for Lancaster in a by-election. He was elected MP for Wiltshire in 1614. In 1621 he was elected MP for Cricklade. In 1621 he was created Baron Howard of Charlton, Wiltshire and on 7 February 1626 he was created Earl of Berkshire. [2]


Howard married Elizabeth Cecil, daughter and co-heir of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter in 1614. They had thirteen children:


  1. ^ "Howard, Thomas (HWRT598T2)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Berkshire, Thomas Howard". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  3. ^  "Howard, Edward (fl.1669)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Hesketh
Thomas Fanshawe
Member of Parliament for Lancaster
With: Thomas Fanshawe
Succeeded by
Thomas Fanshawe
William Fanshawe
Preceded by
Sir Francis Popham
John Thynne
Member of Parliament for Wiltshire
With: Sir Henry Poole
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Seymour
Sir Edward Bayntun
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Monson
Sir John Eyre
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
With: Sir Carew Reynell
Succeeded by
Sir William Howard
Sir Neville Poole
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Banbury
Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire
With: The Earl of Banbury 1628–1632
English Interregnum
Custos Rotulorum of Oxfordshire
1628 – 1646, 1660
Succeeded by
The Viscount Falkland
Honorary titles
English Interregnum Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex
With: The Earl of Dorset
Succeeded by
The Duke of Albemarle
Peerage of England
New creation Earl of Berkshire
Succeeded by
Charles Howard
Baron Howard of Charlton
(descended by acceleration)

Viscount Andover