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Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle

Coat of arms of Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle, KG

Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle KG (14 August 1694 – 3 September 1758), styled Viscount Morpeth until 1738 was a British Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1715 to 1738 when he succeeded to the Peerage as Earl of Carlisle.

Carlisle was the third but eldest surviving son of Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, and his wife Lady Anne, daughter of Arthur Capell, 1st Earl of Essex. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

Carlisle was elected Member of Parliament for Morpeth in 1715, a seat he held until 1738 when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.[2] In 1756 he was made a Knight of the Garter.

He continued the building of Castle Howard commenced by his father to the designs of his brother-in-law Sir Thomas Robinson.

Lord Carlisle married firstly Lady Frances, daughter of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland, in 1717. Lady Frances died in 1742. He had three sons and two daughters by his first marriage:

Lord Carlisle married secondly the Hon. Isabella, daughter of William Byron, 4th Baron Byron, in 1743. She was a grand-aunt of Lord Byron. He had two sons and four daughters by his second marriage.

Carlisle died in September 1758.

He was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son from his second marriage, Frederick. His widow Lady Carlisle married as her second husband Sir William Musgrave, 6th Baronet, in 1759 and died in 1795, aged 73.

A group of forty Venetian views by Giovanni Antonio Canal, Bernardo Bellotto, Michele Marieschi and others were commissioned or bought after his second Italian visit 1738—1739 through Antonio Maria Zanetti the Elder.


  1. ^ "Howard, Henry, Viscount Morpeth (MRPT711HH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "HOWARD, Henry, Visct. Morpeth (?1693-1758)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  • Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (1990). Carlisle. Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. London and New York: St Martin's Press.

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