Authorised form of nameHoward; William (? 1612 - 1680); Viscount Stafford; nobleman
Dates? 1612 - 1680
Date of birth30 November 1612
Place of deathTower Hill, London, England, Europe
Date of death29 December 1680
Dates and placesBurial:
In the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, The Tower of London, England, Europe (29 December 1680)
At Norwich under Samuel Harsnett, Bishop of Norwich; St John's College, Cambridge (matriculated 1624)
Brought up as a Roman Catholic; accompanied his father on his embassy to Germany (1636) and the Elector Palatine to Holland (1637); retired to Flanders on the outbreak of the Civil War; returned to England (1646); his estates were sequestered; imprisoned at Heidelberg (1652-1653) by order of the Elector Palatine, and in Holland (1656) for his father's debts; imprisoned on the false testimony of Titus Oates and found guilty of high treason and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered (1680); beheaded, after the King remitted the other penalties
KB 1626; Baron and then Viscount 1640
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election18/01/1665
ProposerSir Paul Neile
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Council: 1666, 1672-1673
Other Royal Society activityAssigned a list of Fellows in order to obtain their arrears (1673)
RelationshipsParents: Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, and Alethea Talbot
Married: Mary Stafford, Countess of Stafford (1688)
Children: John Stafford Howard (FRS 1673); Henry Stafford Howard, 1st Earl of Stafford; others
General contextIn 1649, Howard was forced to give up his estates for recusancy and royalism. His finanicial situation was worsened by lawsuits brought against him and his mother by his older brother's family in the 1650s. His political and religious vagueness did him no favours during his trial following the Popish Plot however. The title Baron Stafford was restored to the Howard family in 1824, after being removed following his execution.
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Some sources have 1614 as an alternate year of birth. Similarly, it is not certain if his body was buried the same day as his execution or if it was returned to his relatives.
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Royal Society codeNA6833
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/18/19ALetter from David Minlore to the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society17 June 1935
MM/18/19BRonald Winckworth, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society to David Minlore22 June 1935
IM/005905Howard, William, Viscount Stafford
MS/390/34Bond of William Howard, 1st Viscount Stafford, to the Treasurer of the Royal Society30 November 1674
CLP/11i/14Paper, concerning quicksilver and brimstone by Lord Stafford [William Howard][1673]
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