Bernard Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk

Bernard Edward Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk, KG, PC, FRS (21 November 1765 – 16 March 1842) was a British peer.

The Duke of Norfolk

Personal details
Bernard Edward Howard

(1765-11-21)21 November 1765
Died16 March 1842 (1842-03-17) (aged 76)
Lady Elizabeth Belasyse
(m. 1789; div. 1794)
ChildrenHenry Howard, 13th Duke of Norfolk
ParentsHenry Howard
Juliana Molyneux
Shield of arms of Bernard Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk

Early lifeEdit

Howard was the son of Henry Howard (1713–1787) by his wife Juliana Molyneux, daughter of Sir William Molyneux, 6th Baronet (died 1781), of Teversall, Nottinghamshire, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire 1737.[1]


Bernard Howard succeeded to the title of Duke of Norfolk in 1815 upon the death of his cousin Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk.

An ardent Roman Catholic, like most of his family, he strongly supported Catholic Emancipation, and gave offence to his Protestant neighbours by giving a banquet to celebrate the passage of the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829. He was also known as the Grumpy Duke.

He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1803.[2] In 1834, the Duke of Norfolk was invested by King William IV into the Order of the Garter.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

On 23 April 1789, he married Lady Elizabeth Belasyse (1770–1819), daughter of Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg and the former Charlotte Lamb. Before the couple divorced five years later in May 1794, they were the parents of:[4]

He died in 1842 at the age of 76. Upon his death, his only son, Henry, became the 13th Duke of Norfolk.[3] He is buried in Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle.[4]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ David R. Fisher. "Howard Molyneux Howard, Lord Henry Thomas (1766-1824), of Thornbury Castle, Glos". Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Howard, Bernard Edward" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  4. ^ a b c d "Norfolk, Duke of (E, 1483)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Howard
Duke of Norfolk
Succeeded by
Henry Howard
Baron Maltravers
(descended by acceleration)