Henry Howard, 7th Duke of Norfolk

Henry Howard, 7th Duke Of Norfolk

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Henry Howard, 7th Duke of Norfolk, KG, PC, Earl Marshal (11 January 1655 – 2 April 1701) was a politician and soldier. He was the son of Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk and Lady Anne Somerset, daughter of Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester and Elizabeth Dormer.

He married Mary Mordaunt, the only daughter and heiress of the 2nd Earl of Peterborough. They divorced in 1700 and he died without children. He was succeeded by his nephew, Thomas Howard, 8th Duke of Norfolk.

On 20 June 1685, he was appointed Colonel of the Suffolk Regiment, which at the time was called the Duke of Norfolk’s Regiment of Foot. He was created a Knight of the Garter in the same year.

The first HMS Norfolk was named after him.

He served as a Privy Councillor under William III and Mary II in 1689. At first, as a Roman Catholic, he refused to take the oath necessary to sit in the House of Lords but after a few months he subscribed to the oath. His private surgeon was Thomas Greenhill.

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