Thomas 1st Earl of Berkshire Howard: Birth: ABT 1585. Death: 16 JUL 1669
Note: Admiral Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, KG (24 August 1561 - 28 May 1626) was a son of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk by his second wife Hon. Margaret Audley, the daughter and heiress of the 1st Baron Audley of Walden. He was created Baron Howard de Walden in 1597 by writ of summons meaning that the title could descend through the female line and through a female, although if there was more than one heiress, the title would fall into abeyance. His first wife was Mary Dacre. His second wife was Catherine Knyvet by whom he had 13 children: Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire Henry Howard Catherine Howard (Countess of Salisbury) Frances Howard (Countess of Essex and Countess of Somerset) Edward Howard (1st Baron Howard of Escrick) Elizabeth Howard (Countess of Banbury) Charles Howard (Sir) Robert Howard (Sir) William Howard(Sir) John Howard Emily Howard Gertrude Howard The 1st Baron Howard de Walden was raised to the rank of an earl, as Earl of Suffolk in 1603 shortly after the accession of King James I of England. The earldom has passed through his heirs male since 1603, with two separate earldoms Suffolk and Berkshire now being held by the present Earl. The barony Howard de Walden passed out of the family with the death of James Howard, 3rd Earl of Suffolk in 1688 without surviving sons, and fell into abeyance until it was called out of abeyance in 1784. Columbia University information ===== Suffolk, Thomas Howard, 1st earl of, 1561-1626, English nobleman; son of the 4th duke of Norfolk. He was attainted at the time of his father's execution (1572), but his rights were restored in 1584. He volunteered for naval duty against the Spanish Armada (1588), was knighted at sea, and rose quickly to high rank. Howard led the squadron that attacked the Spanish treasure fleet off the Azores in 1591 and shared command of the expedition against C�diz in 1596. He was created Baron Howard de Walden in 1597. Upon the accession (1603) of James I, he was created earl of Suffolk and later held a number of official posts. In 1614 he became lord high treasurer. His daughter, Frances Howard, and her husband, Robert Carr, earl of Somerset, were tried and convicted (1616) of the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. Suffolk himself was accused (1618) of embezzlement and fraud as treasurer. He was tried (1619), convicted, and heavily fined. Although both he and his wife, who was thought to have influenced him, were soon released, he did not regain prominence. Wikipedia information
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