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Charles Howard (British Army officer)

General Sir Charles Howard KB (c. 1696 – 26 August 1765),[1] styled The Honourable from birth, was a British soldier and politician.


He was the second son of the 3rd Earl of Carlisle and Lady Anne de Vere Capell, daughter of the 1st Earl of Essex.[2] Howard was a Groom of the Bedchamber from 1714 to 1727[3] and Member of Parliament (MP) for Carlisle from 1727 to 1761.[1]

Military careerEdit

He entered the Coldstream Guards in 1716 and became lieutenant-colonel three years later.[4] In 1725, Howard was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Carlisle and in 1734 colonel and aide-de-camp to King George II of Great Britain.[3] In 1738, he received the command of the 19th Regiment of Foot, which under him became known as The Green Howards.[5] His regiment took part in the War of the Austrian Succession and in 1742, Howard became brigadier-general.[4] He commanded a brigade in the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 and as result was promoted to major-general a week later.[4] He fought in the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745,[2] and commanded the British Infantry in the Battle of Rocoux in 1746.[3] He was made lieutenant-general in the days after the Battle of Val in 1747.[4]

After the warEdit

After the war Howard was transferred to the 3rd Regiment of Dragoon Guards in 1748[4][6] and in 1749, awarded a Knight of the Bath. He was appointed Governor of Fort George and Fort Augustus (Governor of Inverness) for life in 1752[2] and in 1765, three months before his death, promoted to the rank of general.[2]

He died at Bath, Somerset and is buried in the mausoleum at Castle Howard.[3] Unmarried, his will mentions two illegitimate children:

  • William Howard, a captain in Major General Brudenel's Regiment.
  • Eleanor Howard, married John Dalrymple of St. James, Westminster, esquire in 1765.


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment – British House of Commons, Carlisle". Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "ThePeerage – General Hon. Sir Charles Howard". Retrieved 6 December 2006.
  3. ^ a b c d Lee, Sidney, ed. (1891). "Howard, Charles (d.1765)" . Dictionary of National Biography. 28. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  4. ^ a b c d e Cannon, Richard (1838). Historical Record of The Third, or Prince of Wales' Regiment of Dragoon Guards. London: William Clowes and Sons. pp. 120–121.
  5. ^ "The Green Howards, Official Website – History". Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2009.
  6. ^ "No. 8728". The London Gazette. 15–19 March 1747 (Old Style). p. 1. Check date values in: |date= (help)
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Bateman
Henry Aglionby
Member of Parliament for Carlisle
With: John Hylton 1727–1741
John Stanwix 1741–1742, 1746–1761
John Hylton 1742–1746
Succeeded by
Raby Vane
Henry Curwen
Military offices
Preceded by
Richard Sutton
Colonel of the 19th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Lord George Beauclerk
Preceded by
George Wade
Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Dragoon Guards
Succeeded by
Lord Robert Manners
Preceded by
John Folliot
Governor of Carlisle
Succeeded by
John Stanwix
Preceded by
Henry Hawley
Governor of Inverness
Succeeded by
Studholme Hodgson