Richard Curzon-Howe, 1st Earl Howe

Richard Curzon-Howe, 1st Earl Howe

Richard William Penn Curzon-Howe, 1st Earl Howe, GCH, PC (11 December 1796–12 May 1870) was a British peer and courtier.

Curzon was the third (but first surviving son) of Hon. Penn Curzon (the eldest surviving son of the 1st Viscount Curzon) and his wife, Sophia, "suo jure" Baroness Howe (the eldest daughter of the 1st Earl Howe of the first creation).

As his father predeceased him, Curzon inherited his grandfather's viscountcy in 1820. He took the additional name of Howe by Royal Licence a year later and was created Earl Howe (a title previously held by his maternal grandfather) that year. From 1829-30, he was a Tory Lord of the Bedchamber to George IV, appointed a GCH in 1830 and was Lord Chamberlain to The Queen from 1830-31 and again from 1834-37. On his mother's death in 1835, he inherited her barony. On his own death in 1870, his titles passed to his eldest son, George.


On 19 March 1820, Curzon married Lady Harriet Georgiana Brudenell (the second daughter of the 6th Earl of Cardigan) and they had ten children:

*George Augustus Frederick Louis, styled Viscount Curzon, later 2nd Earl Howe (1821-1876)
*Hon. Richard William Penn, later 3rd Earl Howe (1822-1900), ancestor of subsequent earls.
*Hon. Frederick (1823-1881)
*Hon. Henry Dugdale (1824-1910)
*Lady Georgiana Charlotte (1825-1906), married the 8th Duke of Beaufort; ancestors of subsequent dukes.
*Hon. William Henry (1827-1914)
*Hon. Ernest George (1828-1885)
*Hon. Leicester (1829-1891)
*Lady Adelaide (1835-1903), married the 12th Earl of Westmorland; ancestors of subsequent earls.
*Lady Emily Mary Curzon-Howe (1836-1910), married Sir Robert Kingscote.

Curzon's first wife died in 1836, and on 9 October 1845, he married Anne Gore (d. 1877) (the second daughter of Admiral Sir John Gore) and they had three children:

*Hon. Montagu Curzon (21 September 1846 – 1 September 1907), married on 19 October 1886 to Esmé FitzRoy (1859 – 25 May 1939, daughter of Francis Horatio FitzRoy (1823 – 1900) and wife Gertrude Duncombe (1827 –)), whose daughter Mary married her cousin the 5th Earl Howe and was mother of the 6th Earl Howe.
* Admiral Sir Assheton Gore Curzon-Howe (1850-1911)
*Lady Mary Anna (1848-1929), married the 2nd Duke of Abercorn; ancestors of subsequent dukes. Their granddaughter Lady Cynthia Hamilton was paternal grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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