Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle

Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle KG (14 August 1694 – 3 September 1758), styled Viscount Morpeth until 1738 was a British peer and Whig politician.

Carlisle was the third but eldest surviving son of Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, and his wife Lady Anne, daughter of Arthur Capell, 1st Earl of Essex. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He was elected to the House of Commons for Morpeth in 1715, a seat he held until 1738 when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. In 1756 he was made a Knight of the Garter.

He continued the building of Castle Howard commenced by his father to the designs of his brother-in-law Sir Thomas Robinson.

Lord Carlisle married firstly Lady Frances, daughter of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland, in 1717. They had three sons and two daughters:

Lady Frances died in 1742 and Lord Carlisle married secondly the Hon. Isabella, daughter of William Byron, 4th Baron Byron, in 1743. She was a grand-aunt of Lord Byron. They had two sons and four daughters:

Carlisle died in September 1758 and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son from his second marriage, Frederick. Lady Carlisle married as her second husband Sir William Musgrave, 6th Baronet, in 1759 and died in 1795, aged 73.


  1. "Howard, Henry, Viscount Morpeth (MRPT711HH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir John Germain
Oley Douglas
Member of Parliament for Morpeth
with The Viscount Castlecomer 1715–1717
George Carpenter 1717–1727
Thomas Robinson 1727–1734
Sir Henry Liddell 1734–1738

Succeeded by
Sir Henry Liddell
Henry Furnese
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Howard
Earl of Carlisle
Succeeded by
Frederick Howard
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