Bernard Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk

Bernard Edward Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk, KG, PC, FRS (21 November 1765 – 16 March 1842) was a British peer. He was the son of Henry Howard (1713–1787, a descendant of Henry Frederick Howard, 22nd Earl of Arundel) and Juliana Molyneux (1749–1808).[1]

Bernard Howard
Duke of Norfolk
Born21 November 1765
Died16 March 1842 (1842-03-17) (aged 76)
Noble familyHoward
Spouse(s)Lady Elizabeth Belasyse
FatherHenry Howard
MotherJuliana Molyneux

Bernard Howard succeeded to the title of Duke of Norfolk in 1815 upon the death of his cousin Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk. He married Lady Elizabeth Belasyse (1770–1819), daughter of Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg (1743–1802) and Charlotte Lamb (1743–1790), on 23 April 1789. The couple were divorced five years later in May 1794. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1803.[2] In 1834, the Duke of Norfolk was invested by King William IV into the Order of the Garter.[1]

He died in 1842 at the age of 76. Upon his death, his only son, Henry Charles Howard, became the 13th Duke of Norfolk.[1]

An ardent Roman Catholic, like most of his family, he strongly supported Catholic Emancipation, and gave offence to his Protestant neighbours by giving a banquet to celebrate the passage of the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829. He was also known as the Grumpy Duke.

He is buried in Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle.


See also


  1. "Howard, Bernard Edward" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Howard
Duke of Norfolk
Succeeded by
Henry Howard
Baron Maltravers
(descended by acceleration)

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