William Howard was born about 1510 and died 21 January 1572 . He was the son of Thomas Howard and Agnes Tilney. He married before 1536, Margaret Gamage, daughter of Sir Thomas Gamage of Coity, Glamorganshire, Wales, and Margaret St. John.
Sir William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
He was popular with Henry VIII of England, and was deputy Earl Marshal at the coronation of Anne Boleyn. Anne was daughter to his elder half-sister Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire.
He held the office of Ambassador to Scotland in February 1534/35.1 He held the office of Ambassador to Scotland between March 1536 and May 1536.
He held the office of Ambassador to France in 1537.1 He held the office of Ambassador to France in 1541
William was sent on missions to Scotland and France. But in 1541, William was charged with abetting Catherine Howard, his niece and fifth Queen consort of Henry VIII, in committing adultery, and was convicted of misprision of treason, but pardoned.
He was made governor of Calais in 1552 and Lord High Admiral in 1553. He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.) in 1554.
He was created Baron Howard of Effingham 11 March 1553/54, for his defence of London in the rebellion of Thomas Wyatt the younger against Mary I of England
He held the office of Lord Chamberlain to the Household between 1558 and 1572.1 He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey between 1559 and 1573.1 He held the office of Lord Privy Seal from 1572 to January 1572/73.
He befriended the Princess Elizabeth Tudor, but his popularity with the navy saved him from the resentment of Mary. When the princess became Queen Elizabeth I, William had great influence with her and filled several important posts.
William and Mary had a son named Charles (2nd Baron Howard of Effingham) who was a famous naval officer.
William Howard and Mary Gamage had the following children:
Douglas Howard (1545-1608) m. John Sheffied, Baron Sheffield, 2nd Robert Dudley, Earl Leicester
Charles Howard (1536-1624)
William Howard (1540-1600)
William Howard married also to Katherine Broughton. She was his first wife. She was the sister and co-heir of John Broughton, Esq. They had one daughter, Agnes, who married William Paulet, 3rd Marquess of Winchester.
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Sir Thomas Gamage, son of Morgan, m., first Margaret, dau. Of Sir John St. John of Fonmon Castle, Glam., and Bletsoe Park, by a dau. Of Morgan Jenkin Philip of Pencoed Castle, Mon., paternally descended from Gruffydd ap Bleddyn, Lord of Cilsant; secondly, Joyce, dau. Of Sir Richard Croft. By Margaret St. John, Sir Thomas had issue Robert; John; Edward; Catherine, m. Sir Thomas Stradling of St. Donat's Castle; Mary m. Matthew Herbert of Swansea and Cogan Pill; Margaret, m. William Howard, Lord Howard of Effingham, and had issue Charles, Earl of Nottingham, Commander against the Spanish Armada, Sir William Howard, of Lingfield, and others (Dugd., I I 278). She d. 19th May, 1581. Lord Wm. Howard d.11th January, 1572-3.Elizabeth m. Richard Wogan, Esq., of Wiston and Boulston, co. Pembroke; secondly, Jenkin Gwyn. Sir Thomas's eldest son Robert Gamage m. Joan Champernon.
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