George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle

The Right Honourable
The Earl of Carlisle

The Earl of Carlisle as a child.
Lord Privy Seal
In office
16 July 1827  21 January 1828
Monarch George IV
Prime Minister George Canning
The Viscount Goderich
Preceded by The Duke of Portland
Succeeded by The Lord Ellenborough
In office
5 June 1834  14 November 1834
Monarch William IV
Prime Minister The Viscount Melbourne
Preceded by The Earl of Ripon
Succeeded by The Earl of Mulgrave
Personal details
Born 17 September 1773 (1773-09-17)
London, England
Died 7 October 1848 (1848-10-08) (aged 75)
Castle Howard, Yorkshire
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Lady Georgiana Cavendish (1783–1858)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle KG PC FRS (17 September 1773 7 October 1848), styled Viscount Morpeth until 1825, was a British statesman.[1] He served as Lord Privy Seal between 1827 and 1828 and in 1834 and was a member of Lord Grey's Whig government as Minister without Portfolio between 1830 and 1834.

Background and education

Carlisle was the eldest son of Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle, and his wife Lady Margaret Caroline Leveson-Gower,[1] daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford and his wife Lady Louisa, daughter of Scroop Egerton, 1st Duke of Bridgewater. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.[2]

Political career

Carlisle was returned to parliament for Morpeth in 1795, a seat he held until 1806,[2][3] and then represented Cumberland until 1820.[2][4] In 1806 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[5] In 1825 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. He served in the moderate Tory governments of George Canning and Lord Goderich as First Commissioner of Woods and Forests between May and July 1827[6] and as Lord Privy Seal (with a seat in the cabinet) between July 1827 and January 1828.[7] However, he split with the Tories over electoral reform[1] and later served as a member of the cabinet in the Whig administrations of Lord Grey and Lord Melbourne as Minister without Portfolio between 1830 and 1834 and once again as Lord Privy Seal between July and November 1834.[2][8]

Apart from his political career Lord Carlisle was Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire between 1824 and 1840.[2][9] He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1837.[10]


Lord Carlisle married Lady Georgiana Cavendish (1783–1858), daughter of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire and Lady Georgiana Spencer, in 1801.[1] They were parents of twelve children:[1][2]

  1. George Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle (18 April 1802– 5 December 1864).
  2. Lady Caroline Georgiana Howard (24 June 1803 – 27 November 1881). She married William Lascelles.
  3. Lady Georgiana Howard (1804–17 March 1860). She married George Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover.
  4. Hon. Frederick George Howard (8 June 1805 – 18 November 1834).
  5. Lady Harriet Elizabeth Georgina Howard (21 May 1806 – 27 October 1868). She married George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 2nd Duke of Sutherland.
  6. William George Howard, 8th Earl of Carlisle (23 February 1808 – 29 March 1889).
  7. Edward Granville George Howard, 1st Baron Lanerton (23 December 1809– 8 October 1880). He married Diana Ponsonby, daughter of the Hon. George Ponsonby.
  8. Lady Blanche Georgiana Howard (11 January 1812 – 27 April 1840). She married William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire.
  9. Hon. Charles Wentworth George Howard (27 March 1814 –11 April 1879). He married Mary Parke, daughter of James Parke, Baron Wensleydale. They were parents of George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle.
  10. Lady Elizabeth Dorothy Anne Howard ( 8 December 1816 – 11 May 1891). She married Reverend Francis Richard Grey, son of Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey.
  11. Hon. Henry George Howard (22 May 1818 – 10 August 1879). On 29 May 1845, he married Mary Wellesley McTavish, daughter of John McTavish, British Consul at Baltimore, and his wife, Emily Caton. The couple wed from the house of her aunt, the Marchioness Wellesley. He served as Secretary of the British Embassy in Paris. His wife died in Paris 21 February 1850, in her 23rd year.[11]
  12. Lady Mary Matilda Georgiana Howard (28 January 1823 – 17 September 1892). She married Henry Labouchere, 1st Baron Taunton.

Lord Carlisle died at Castle Howard, Yorkshire, in October 1848, aged 75, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, George. The Countess of Carlisle died at Castle Howard in August 1858, aged 75.[2]

Much of the modern British aristocracy can trace their roots to the sixth Earl of Carlisle. Through his daughter Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, he is the ancestor of the present Dukes of Hamilton & Brandon, Argyll, Leinster, and Westminster, the present Marquesses of Hertford and Londonderry, the present earls of Selkirk, Lichfield and Cromartie, and the present Viscount Dilhorne, among many others. The late Duchess of Beaufort and the heir to the Duke of Roxburghe, and the late wife of the sixth Duke of Sutherland, were all descended from Harriet, although none of the present holders of those titles are. Through his daughter Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire, Lord Carlisle is the ancestor of the present Duke of Devonshire, Marquess of Salisbury, Earl of Stockton. Through his daughter Lady Caroline Lascelles, he is the ancestor of the present Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry and the present Duke of Westminster. The present Duke of Northumberland, meanwhile, is descended from Lord Carlisle through several daughters. Other descendants include Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, naturalist Gavin Maxwell, spymaster Eliza Manningham-Buller and supermodel Stella Tennant.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Machin, Ian (January 2008). "Howard, George, sixth earl of Carlisle (17731848)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2009-08-09.(subscription required)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle
  3. House of Commons: Mitcham to Motherwell South
  4. House of Commons: Cornwall to Cynon Valley
  5. The London Gazette: no. 15887. p. 157. 4 February 1806.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 18362. p. 1081. 18 May 1827.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 18379. p. 1537. 17 July 1827.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 19161. p. 1040. 5 June 1834.
  9. Peerage: Carew to Castlereagh
  10. The London Gazette: no. 19477. p. 769. 21 March 1837.
  11. Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903)
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir James Erskine, Bt
Francis Gregg
Member of Parliament for Morpeth
With: Sir James Erskine, Bt 1795–1796
William Huskisson 1796–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Morpeth
With: William Huskisson 1801–1802
William Ord 1802–1806
Succeeded by
William Ord
William Howard
Preceded by
Henry Fletcher
Sir John Lowther, Bt
Member of Parliament for Cumberland
With: Sir John Lowther, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir John Lowther, Bt
John Christian Curwen
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Arbuthnot
First Commissioner of Woods and Forests
Succeeded by
William Sturges Bourne
Preceded by
The Duke of Portland
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
The Lord Ellenborough
Preceded by
Minister without Portfolio
Succeeded by
Preceded by
The Earl of Ripon
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
The Earl of Mulgrave
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Mulgrave
Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
The Lord Wenlock
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Frederick Howard
Earl of Carlisle
Succeeded by
George Howard
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