Name: Ralph Howard
Birth: 1638 1
Death: 8 AUG 1710 2
Residence: North Arklow, co Wicklow
Occupation: Pres Royal Coll of Physicians in Dublin
Education: Trinity College Dublin
Note: 3 4|
Change Date: 1 MAR 2013
The two sources below seem to conflict as to when the Howards came to Wicklow:
Shelton, co Wicklow, was purchased in 1658 when it became the principal demesne of the Howard family. The original Shelton house was a two storied red brick structure and have been the original hunting lodge with some modifications. Nothing now remains of this house.
www.penandclink.com/pastimes.htm (Info from Pat Power, Wicklow historian)
The Howard connection with Wicklow was established in 1697 when John [should be Ralph] Howard, president of the College of Physicians in Ireland [est 1654], acquired the estate of North Arklow from the duke of Ormonde.
By 1830 the property comprised all of the parish of Kilbride, part of the parish of Castlemacadam which included the village of Avoca, and a northern arc based on Wicklow's newest planned town at Red cross. The Howard's, now enobled with the title of Earls of Wicklow, had augmented their lands by major purchases in the former Percy estate in Glen Imail.
(Wicklow: History & Society by: Ken Hannigan & William Nolan, 1994)
Elected Fellow of Royal College of Physicians in Dublin in 1667. Succeeded Sir Abraham Yarnce(?) Kt as President on 2 April 1674. Appears to have held office for one year, being succeeded by Charles Willoughby. He was again elected President in 1686, 1695, 1701 and 1707.
MD 22 Oct 1667 (Judd?s Roll)
Regius Professor of Physic TCD 2 April 1674 (on death of Dr John Margetson) to 1710.
Had three sons Hugh (an artist and noted art collector) (1675-1737), William, and Robert.
His daughters married Sir Thomas Molyneux (she died 18 Oct 1747) and Anthony Wopping (??), Bishop of Ossory.
Ralph Howard, b. 1638, who succeeded at Shelton. He was M.C. 1667 at the College of Dublin and became professor of that University.
He m. Catherine Sotheby of a very ancient family in Yorkshire. Ralph Howard's daughter Catherine m. Sir Thomas Molyneux.
Ralph Howard's g-granddaughter m. Lord Frederick Howard, younger son of Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk.
Ralph Howard's son, the Rt. Rev. Robert Howard, was raised to the dignity of Howard Viscount Wicklow. (Lodge's Peerage of Ireland, vol. VI, pp. 85-91)
Attainted by James II?s parliament on account of retiring to England with his family on the breaking out of war in Ireland 1688.
Will dated 6 Jan 1709, proved 8 Oct 1710.
Had 2 daus, 3 sons.
His dau Catherine married Sir Thomas Molyneux, who d 1733 and had an eldest son Daniel.
?We do not have any portrait of Ralph Howard, nor do I know of any in existence.?
(Robert Mills, Librarian, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 2006.)
The wars in Ireland cosequent on the revoloution drove [the painter Hugh Howard?s father Ralph} out of that country.
(The Origin, Progress, and Present Condition of the Fine Arts in Great ... By William Benjamin Sarsfield Taylor)
Father: John Howard b: 1616 in ???? of Croglin Hall, Cumberland, England (????)
Mother: Dorothea Hassells
- Robert Howard b: 24 SEP 1683
- Type: Book
Periodical: The genealogy of the existing British peerage
- Type: Book
Periodical: Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)
- Text: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Robert Mills, Librarian
- Type: Book
Periodical: Burke?s Peerage