About Scrope Howe, 1st Viscount
Scrope Howe, 1st Viscount Howe (November 1648–26 January 1713) was a politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nottinghamshire from 1673 to 1685 and January 1689 to 1691.
He was knighted on 11 March 1663, and was created M.A. of Christ Church, Oxford, on 8 September 1665. From March 1673 to July 1698 he sat in parliament as M.P. for Nottinghamshire. Howe was an uncompromising whig. On 5 December 1678 he carried up the impeachment of William Howard, 1st Viscount Stafford. In June 1680 Howe, Lord Russell, and others met together with a view to deliver a presentment to the grand jury of Middlesex against the Duke of York for being a papist, but the judges having had notice and dismissed the jury before the presentment could be made. On 23 January 1685 he appeared before the king's bench and pleaded not guilty to an information for speaking against the Duke of York.' Howe made a humble submission, and on the following day the indictment was withdrawn. He took a part in bringing about the Glorious Revolution, and with the Earl of Devonshire at Nottingham declared for William of Orange in November 1688. On 7 March 1689 he was made a groom of the bedchamber to William III, and held the post until the king's death. In 1693 he was made surveyor-general of the roads, and in the same year was appointed, in succession to Elias Ashmole, comptroller of the accounts of the excise, an office which he appears to have afterwards sold to Edward Pauncfort. On 16 May 1701, Howe was created Viscount Howe and Baron Glenawly in the Irish peerage, and was succeeded by Emanuel Scrope Howe, 2nd Viscount Howe.