Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire
|The Earl of Berkshire|
|Born||8 October 1587
Saffron Walden, Essex
|Died||16 July 1669|
|Children||Charles Howard (2nd Earl of Berkshire)
Thomas Howard (3rd Earl of Berkshire)
Sir Robert Howard
Colonel Philip Howard
|Parent(s)||Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk
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. 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. 
Howard married Elizabeth Cecil, daughter and co-heir of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter in 1614. They had thirteen children:
- Charles Howard, 2nd Earl of Berkshire (1615–1679).
- Mary Howard (1616–1679)
- Thomas Howard, 3rd Earl of Berkshire (1619–1706).
- Henry Howard (playwright)
- William Howard
- Sir Robert Howard (1626–1698)
- Elizabeth Howard, married John Dryden
- Colonel Philip Howard (1629–1717)
- Frances Howard, who married Conyers Darcy, 2nd Earl of Holderness
- James Howard
- Algernon Howard
- Edward Howard
- Diana Howard (1636–1713).
- "Howard, Thomas (HWRT598T2)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Berkshire, Thomas Howard". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- "Howard, Edward (fl.1669)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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