Biography of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire 1587-1669

Paternal Family Tree: Howard

Maternal Family Tree: Elizabeth Stumpe

Before 1572 [his father] Thomas Howard 1st Earl Suffolk (age 10) and Mary Dacre (age 8) were married. She by marriage Baroness Audley Walden in Essex. She died six years later three months short of her fifteenth birthday. She being his step-sister. An unusual example of a Marriage of Three Sets of Siblings where, in this case, three brothers, married three sisters, who were also step-siblings, as a means of keeping the sisters inheritance. She the daughter of Thomas Dacre 4th Baron Dacre Gilsland 8th Baron Greystoke and Elizabeth Leybourne Duchess Norfolk. He the son of Thomas Howard 4th Duke of Norfolk (age 35) and Margaret Audley Duchess Norfolk. They were half third cousin once removed.

Before 1580 Richard Rich and [his mother] Catherine Knyvet Countess Suffolk (age 15) were married.

Before 1582 [his father] Thomas Howard 1st Earl Suffolk (age 20) and [his mother] Catherine Knyvet Countess Suffolk (age 17) were married. She by marriage Baroness Audley Walden in Essex. He the son of Thomas Howard 4th Duke of Norfolk and Margaret Audley Duchess Norfolk. They were third cousins.

On 08 Oct 1587 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Suffolk (age 26) and Catherine Knyvet Countess Suffolk (age 23) at Saffron Walden [Map].

In 1597 [his father] Thomas Howard 1st Earl Suffolk (age 35) was created 1st Baron Howard de Walden by writ of summons. [his mother] Catherine Knyvet Countess Suffolk (age 33) by marriage Baroness Howard de Walden. His [his grandmother] mother's father was the first and last Baron Audley Walden in Essex.

Around 1597 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 9) educated at Magdalene College aka Buckingham, Cambridge University.

In 1603 [his father] Thomas Howard 1st Earl Suffolk (age 41) was created 1st Earl Suffolk. [his mother] Catherine Knyvet Countess Suffolk (age 39) by marriage Countess Suffolk.

In 1604 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 16) was knighted.

In 1605 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 17) was elected MP Lancaster.

In 1614 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 26) was elected MP Wiltshire.

In 1614 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 26) and Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 18) were married. She the daughter of William Cecil 2nd Earl Exeter (age 48) and Elizabeth Drury Countess Exeter (age 35). He the son of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Suffolk (age 52) and Catherine Knyvet Countess Suffolk (age 50). They were fourth cousins.

In 1615 [his son] Charles Howard 2nd Earl Berkshire was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 27) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 19).

On 12 Feb 1615 [his brother-in-law] William Cecil 16th Baron Ros Helmsley (age 24) and Anne Lake Baroness Ros Helmsley (age 15) were married. She by marriage Baroness Ros Helmsley. See Diary of Anne Clifford. He the son of William Cecil 2nd Earl Exeter (age 49) and Elizabeth Manners 15th Baroness Ros Helmsley.

In 1616 [his daughter] Mary Howard was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 28) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 20).

On 14 Nov 1619 [his son] Thomas Howard 3rd Earl Berkshire was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 32) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 23).

In 1620 [his son] Henry Howard was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 32) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 24).

In 1621 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 33) was elected MP Cricklade.

In 1621 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 33) was created 1st Baron Howard of Charlton in Wiltshire. [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 25) by marriage Baroness Howard of Charlton in Wiltshire.

In 1622 [his son] William Howard was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 34) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 26).

On or before 02 Nov 1624 1624 [his son] Edward Howard was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 37) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 28). He was baptised on 02 Nov 1624 at St Martin in the Fields [Map].

In 1625 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 37) was appointed 422nd Knight of the Garter by King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland (age 24).

In Jan 1626 [his son] Robert Howard was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 38) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 30).

On 07 Feb 1626 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 38) was created 1st Earl Berkshire. [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 30) by marriage Countess Berkshire.

On 28 May 1626 [his father] Thomas Howard 1st Earl Suffolk (age 64) died at Charing Cross [Map]. He was buried at Waldon Priory and Abbey [Map]. His son [his brother] Theophilus Howard 2nd Earl Suffolk (age 43) succeeded 2nd Earl Suffolk. Elizabeth Home Countess Suffolk (age 27) by marriage Countess Suffolk.

Around 1627 [his daughter] Frances Howard was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 39) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 31).

On 05 Mar 1629 [his son] Philip Howard was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 41) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 33).

In 1636 [his daughter] Diana Howard was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 48) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 40).

On 10 Apr 1637 [his son] Charles Howard 2nd Earl Berkshire (age 22) and [his daughter-in-law] Dorothy Savage Countess Berkshire were married. She the daughter of Thomas Savage 1st Viscount Savage and Elizabeth Darcy 1st Countess Rivers (age 56). He the son of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 49) and Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 41). They were third cousin once removed.

In 1638 [his daughter] Elizabeth Howard was born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 50) and [his wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 42).

In 1638 [his mother] Catherine Knyvet Countess Suffolk (age 74) died.

On 07 Jul 1648 [his son] Henry Howard (age 28) and [his daughter-in-law] Elizabeth Spencer Baroness Craven (age 31) were married. He the son of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 60) and Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 52). They were fourth cousins.

On 04 Apr 1649 [his son] William Howard (age 27) and [his daughter-in-law] Elizabeth Dundas (age 23) were married. He the son of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 61) and Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 53).

On 08 Feb 1650 [his son-in-law] Conyers Darcy 2nd Earl Holderness (age 28) and [his daughter] Frances Howard (age 23) were married. She the daughter of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 62) and Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 54). He the son of Conyers Darcy 1st Earl Holderness (age 51) and Grace Rokeby Countess Holderness (age 50).

In 1663 [his son] Henry Howard (age 43) died.

On 01 Dec 1663 [his son-in-law] John Dryden (age 32) and [his daughter] Elizabeth Howard (age 25) were married. She the daughter of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 76) and Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 67).

After 1665 [his son] Robert Howard (age 38) and [his daughter-in-law] Honora O'Brien were married. She the daughter of Henry O'Brien 5th Earl Thomond and Mary Brereton Countess Thomond. He the son of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 77) and Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 69).

Pepy's Diary. 25 Jul 1666. By and by the King (age 36) to dinner, and I waited there his dining; but, Lord! how little I should be pleased, I think, to have so many people crowding about me; and among other things it astonished me to see my Lord Barkeshire (age 78) waiting at table, and serving the King (age 36) drink, in that dirty pickle as I never saw man in my life. Here I met Mr. Williams, who in serious discourse told me he did hope well of this fight because of the equality of force or rather our having the advantage in number, and also because we did not go about it with the presumption that we did heretofore, when, he told me, he did before the last fight look upon us by our pride fated to be overcome. He would have me to dine where he was invited to dine, at the Backe-stayres.

Pepy's Diary. 14 Jan 1668. Thence by coach to Mrs. Pierce's, where my wife and Deb. is; and there they fell to discourse of the last night's work at Court, where the ladies and Duke of Monmouth (age 18) and others acted "The Indian Emperour"; wherein they told me these things most remark able: that not any woman but the Duchesse of Monmouth (age 16) and Mrs. Cornwallis (age 18) did any thing but like fools and stocks, but that these two did do most extraordinary well: that not any man did any thing well but Captain O'Bryan, who spoke and did well, but, above all things, did dance most incomparably. That she did sit near the players of the Duke's house; among the rest, Mis Davis (age 20), who is the most impertinent slut, she says, in the world; and the more, now the King (age 37) do show her countenance; and is reckoned his mistress, even to the scorne of the whole world; the King (age 37) gazing on her, and my Baroness Castlemayne (age 27) being melancholy and out of humour, all the play, not smiling once. The King (age 37), it seems, hath given her a ring of £700, which she shews to every body, and owns that the King (age 37) did give it her; and he hath furnished a house for her in Suffolke Street most richly, which is a most infinite shame. It seems she is a bastard of Colonell Howard, my Lord Berkshire (age 80), and that he do pimp to her for the King (age 37), and hath got her for him; but Pierce says that she is a most homely jade as ever she saw, though she dances beyond any thing in the world. She tells me that the Duchesse of Richmond (age 20) do not yet come to the Court, nor hath seen the King (age 37), nor will not, nor do he own his desire of seeing her; but hath used means to get her to Court, but they do not take.

On 16 Jul 1669 Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire (age 81) died. His son [his son] Charles Howard 2nd Earl Berkshire (age 54) succeeded 2nd Earl Berkshire. [his daughter-in-law] Dorothy Savage Countess Berkshire by marriage Countess Berkshire.

In 1672 [his former wife] Elizabeth Cecil Countess Berkshire (age 76) died.

Evelyn's Diary. 16 Feb 1685. I din'd at [his son] Sr' Rob' Howard's (age 59), Auditor of the Exchequer, a gentleman pretending to all manner of arts and sciences, for which he had ben the subject of Comedy, under the name of Sir Positive; not ill-natur'd, but insufferably boasting. He was sonn to the late Earl of Berkshire.

Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire 1587-1669 appears on the following Descendants Family Trees:

Thomas Howard 3rd Duke of Norfolk 1473-1554

Royal Ancestors of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire 1587-1669

Kings Wessex: Great x 17 Grand Son of King Edmund "Ironside" I of England

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 14 Grand Son of Owain "Great" King Gwynedd

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 19 Grand Son of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg King Deheubarth

Kings Powys: Great x 15 Grand Son of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys

Kings England: Great x 8 Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Kings Scotland: Great x 12 Grand Son of William "Lion" I King Scotland

Kings Franks: Great x 13 Grand Son of Louis VII King Franks

Kings France: Great x 10 Grand Son of Philip "The Fair" IV King France

Royal Descendants of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire 1587-1669

Diana Spencer Princess Wales x 1

Ancestors of Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire 1587-1669

Great x 1 Grandfather: Henry Howard 6 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

GrandFather: Thomas Howard 4th Duke of Norfolk 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 1 Grandmother: Frances Vere Countess of Surrey 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Father: Thomas Howard 1st Earl Suffolk 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 1 Grandfather: Thomas Audley 1st Baron Audley Walden

GrandMother: Margaret Audley Duchess Norfolk 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 1 Grandmother: Elizabeth Grey Baroness Audley 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Thomas Howard 1st Earl Berkshire 8 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 1 Grandfather: Henry Knyvet of Charlton Wiltshire 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

GrandFather: Henry Knyvet 8 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 1 Grandmother: Anne Pickering 7 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Mother: Catherine Knyvet Countess Suffolk 9 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

GrandMother: Elizabeth Stumpe