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About Lady Frances Howard

Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire (8 October 1587 – 16 July 1669) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1605 and 1622. He was created Earl of Berkshire in 1625. ....

Howard married Elizabeth Cecil, daughter and co-heir of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter in 1614. They had thirteen children:

  • Charles Howard, 2nd Earl of Berkshire (1615–1679).
  • Mary Howard (1616–1679)
  • Thomas Howard, 3rd Earl of Berkshire (1619–1706).
  • Henry Howard (playwright)
  • William Howard
  • Sir Robert Howard (1626–1698)
  • Elizabeth Howard, married John Dryden
  • Colonel Philip Howard (1629–1717)
  • ' Frances Howard
  • James Howard
  • Algernon Howard
  • Edward Howard[2]
  • Diana Howard (1636–1713).


  • 1.^ Venn, J.; Venn, J. A., eds. (1922–1958). "Howard, Thomas". Alumni Cantabrigienses (10 vols) (online ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  • 2.^ "Howard, Edward (fl.1669)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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'Conyers Darcy, 2nd Earl of Holderness (1622 – 13 December 1692) was an English nobleman and Member of Parliament. Conyers Darcy was the eldest son of Conyers Darcy, 8th Lord Darcy of Knayth and 5th Lord Conyers, who was created Earl of Holderness in 1682. ....

Lord Darcy married four times; firstly to Lady Catherine Fane, daughter of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland. She thus became Lady Catherine Darcy.

'His second marriage took place on 8 February 1650 to Lady Frances Howard (c. 1627-1670), daughter of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire. She thus became Lady Frances Darcy.

Darcy's third marriage took place in 1676 to Lady Frances Seymour, daughter of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset. She thus became Lady Frances Darcy.

His fourth and final marriage was on 8 January 1685 to The Hon. Elizabeth Frescheville (1635–1690), daughter of John Frescheville, 1st Baron Frescheville. She thus became Lady Elizabeth Darcy, but would have been known as Lady Darcy and Conyers due to her husband holding a subsidiary title of his father. She became The Countess of Holderness upon Darcy's inheritance of the Earldom in 1689; a title she only held for approximately a year as she died in 1690.

Darcy's eldest son and heir apparent was John Darcy, Lord Conyers (c. 1659-1689) who was by his 'second marriage to Frances Howard'. John Darcy married Bridget, daughter of Robert 1st Baron Lexington. However, this son John, predeceased his father, and so, upon the death of Lord Holderness in 1692, the earldom passed to Robert Darcy, 3rd Earl of Holderness (1681–1722), John's second but oldest surviving son.


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Lady Frances Howard's Timeline

Age 27
North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
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Age 34
Yorkshire, Cattaraugus County, New York, United States
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April 10, 1670
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