Friday, 30 March 2007

Colonel Robert Howard Bookplate

Colonel Robert Howard, of Castle Howard, in Co. Wicklow, NI

F15504 – Pictorial armorial
Arms – Howard impalling Brooke

Married Letitia Deborah Brooke, dau of Major Francis Brooke (c.1720-1800) of Drogheda's Horse, afterwards the 18th Light Dragoons and Hannah Prittie, sister of the 1st Lord Dunalley. Letitia’s uncle was Sir Arthur Brooke, (b. bef. 1728-1785), P.C. [Ireland)] created 1st Baronet Brooke, of Colebrooke, co. Fermanagh [Ireland] (1764) and Member of Parliament for County Fermanagh [Ireland] between 1761 and 1783 and for Maryborough [Ireland] between 1783 and 1785.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Howard bought Castle Howard, near Avoca, in 1811 and improved it.
His brother-in-law Sir Henry Brooke [1770-1834], created 1st Baronet Brooke, of Colebrooke, co. Fermanagh [U.K.] on 7 January 1822, married Harriet Butler, daughter of Hon. John Butler, in 1792. Among his famous descendants we find his great grandson Field Marshal Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, KG, GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO (1883 - 1963) Chief of the Imperial General Staff during the Second World War and Also Sir Henry’s great-great grandson Sir Basil Brooke, KG, CBE, MC, PC [NI], (1888 - 1973), 5th Baronet, of Colebrooke, cr. (1952) Viscount Brookeborough, of Colebrooke , co. Fermanagh [UK], Ulster Unionist politician and Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.

Castle Howard was apparently inherited by Colonel R. Howard’s nephew, son of the above, Richard Howard-Brooke (1801-1877) married on 1837 to Frances Caroline Hamilton, daughter of Hans Hamilton. Richard Howard-Brooke legally assumed the name Howard-Brooke on 1835. and lived in Castle Howard, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Sources:; and
The Brookeborough Papers at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Bibliography: J. P. Neale, Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, vol. VI, 1823.

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