Robert Howard, 2nd Earl of Wicklow

Robert Howard, 2nd Earl of Wicklow (7 August 1757 – 23 October 1815) was an Anglo-Irish politician and peer.

Howard was the eldest son of Ralph Howard, 1st Viscount Wicklow and his wife, Alice Howard, 1st Countess of Wicklow.[1] Howard's mother had been made a peeress in her own right following the death of her husband.

He served in the Irish House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for St Johnstown between 1776 and 1789. On 26 June 1789 he succeeded to his father's title, forcing him to resign his seat in the Commons, and he assumed his seat in the Irish House of Lords. Following the implementation of the Acts of Union 1800 he was elected as one of the original 28 Irish representative peers and took his seat in the British House of Lords. Following his mother's death on 7 March 1807 he succeeded to his mother's title as Earl of Wicklow.[2]

He never married, and was succeeded in his titles by his younger brother, William Howard.[3]


Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
William Talbot
Hugh Howard
Member of Parliament for St Johnstown
1776 1789
With: Hugh Howard
William Howard
Succeeded by
Hon. Hugh Howard
William Howard
Political offices
Preceded by
New position
Irish Representative Peer for Ireland
Succeeded by
The Earl of Mayo
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Alice Howard
Earl of Wicklow
Succeeded by
William Howard
Preceded by
Ralph Howard
Viscount Wicklow
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