Thomas Howard KG
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Thomas Howard KG (1538 - 1572)

Thomas "4th Duke of Norfolk" Howard KG
Born in Corby Castle, Kenninghall, Norfolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 30 Mar 1555 (to 25 Aug 1557) in Englandmap
Husband of — married 2 Mar 1558 (to 9 Jan 1564) in Saffron Walden, Essex, Englandmap
Husband of — married 29 Jan 1567 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Tower Hill, London, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Thomas Howard KG was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, KG (10 Mar 1536 – 2 Jun 1572)



Preceded by
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
Duke of Norfolk
Succeeded by
Thomas Howard, 5th Duke of Norfolk

Thomas was the son of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (d.v.p). Elizabeth I was his second cousin. He succeeded his grandfather as Duke of Norfolk in 1554.


Thomas' first wife was Mary FitzAlan, who inherited the Arundel estates of her father, Henry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel in 1556. She died after a year of marriage, having given birth to:

  • Philip (28 Jun 1557 – 19 Oct 1595), 20th Earl of Arundel.
m. Ann Dacre, dau. of Thomas Dacre, 4th Baron Dacre of Gillesland and Elizabeth Leybourne.

Norfolk's second wife was Margaret Audley, daughter of Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden; and widow of Sir Henry Dudley. Their children are:

  • Thomas, 1st Earl of Suffolk
m. Margaret Dacre, dau. of Thomas Dacre, 4th Baron Dacre of Gillesland and Elizabeth Leybourne.
  • William "belted Will" Howard, Lord of Naworth[1]
m. Elizabeth Dacre, dau. of Thomas Dacre, 4th Baron Dacre of Gillesland and Elizabeth Leybourne.
  • Elizabeth
  • Margaret

Elizabeth Leyburne (1536 – 04 Sep 1567), widow of Thomas Dacre, 4th Baron Dacre of Gillesland became Norfolk's third wife. Leyburne's three daughters by her previous marriage married Norfolk's three sons.


  • Earl Marshal of England and Queen's Lieutenant in the North. F
  • Feb - Jul 1560: Army commander in Scotland to support Lords of the Congregation opposing Mary of Guise; negotiated Treaty of Berwick (1560)
  • 1568: Principal of the commission at York - heard evidence against Mary, Queen of Scots


Norfolk was executed for treason in 1572 and buried at the Church of St Peter ad Vincula within the walls of the Tower of London.

St Michael the Archangel, Framlingham has effigies of first two wives.

Norfolk's lands and titles were forfeit, although much of the estate was later restored to his sons. The title of Duke of Norfolk was restored, four generations later, to Thomas Howard.


  • Michael A. R. Graves, ‘Howard, Thomas, fourth duke of Norfolk (1538–1572)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 15 Oct 2017
  • Blomefield, F. (1739). An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk,1, pp. 57-59. Norfolk: W. Miller.[1][2]
  • N.a. (1817). The Annual Biography and Obituary, 1, pp. 102. Google Books.[2]
  • Venn, J.A. (1922). Alumni Cantabrigienses. Cambridge University Press.

  1. ancestor of the Earls of Carlisle
  2. "The Words pronounced by the said Duke, at his Death on Tower Hill the 2d of June, 1572"

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I think Howard-2204 is his son. check it out same father and mother name

roger Houchin-158

posted by Roger Houchin
Howard-2205 and Howard-1215 appear to represent the same person because: Still the same person
Howard-2205 and Howard-1215 do not represent the same person because: I am not aware that Howard 2205 had a son named Thomas. There is no detail on Profile-1215 to identify the Profile . It would be a leap of faith to merge the two Profiles.
posted by [Living Wood]
Husband of Mary Fitzalan — married March 30, 1555 to August 23, 1557 in England,,,United Kingdommap

Husband of Margaret (Audley) Howard — married March 2, 1558 to January 10, 1564 in Saffron Walden, Essex, , Englandmap Husband of Elizabeth Leybourne — married January 29, 1567 in , , , England

posted by [Living Pictet]

Rejected matches › Edmund Howard (abt.1478-1539)