HOWARD, William, Visct. Andover (1714-56), of Elford Hall, Staffs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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16 Apr. 1737 - 1747

Family and Education

b. 23 Dec. 1714, 1st surv. s. of Henry Bowes Howard, 11th Earl of Suffolk and 4th Earl of Berkshire, bro. of Hon. Thomas Howard. educ. Eton 1725-8. m. 6 Nov. 1736, Lady Mary Finch, da. of Heneage Finch, 2nd Earl of Aylesford, 1s. 3da.

Offices Held


Returned as a Tory on the family interest at Castle Rising, Andover voted against the Government on the Spanish convention in 1739 and the place bill of 1740. He was one of the Tories who withdrew on the motion for Walpole’s dismissal in 1741, though his father in the Lords voted for it. His father planned to put him up for Westmorland in 1741 but in the end withdrew him in favour of Sir Philip Musgrave.1 Re-elected for Castle Rising, he did not stand again, dying v.p. 15 July 1756.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Geo. Crowle to Sir Robt. Walpole, 7 May 1737, Cholmondeley (Houghton) mss; see WESTMORLAND.