George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle

George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle, KG, PC, FRS (17 September 1773  7 October 1848), styled Viscount Morpeth until 1825, was a British statesman.[1] He served as Lord Privy Seal between 1827 and 1828 and in 1834 and was a member of Lord Grey’sWhig government as Minister without Portfolio between 1830 and 1834.

The Earl of Carlisle

The Earl of Carlisle
Lord Privy Seal
In office
16 July 1827  21 January 1828
Monarch George IV
Prime Minister George Canning
The Viscount Goderich
Preceded by The Duke of Portland
Succeeded by The Lord Ellenborough
In office
5 June 1834  14 November 1834
Monarch William IV
Prime Minister The Viscount Melbourne
Preceded by The Earl of Ripon
Succeeded by The Earl of Mulgrave
Personal details
Born 17 September 1773 (1773-09-17)
London, England
Died 7 October 1848 (1848-10-08) (aged 75)
Castle Howard, Yorkshire, England
Political party Tory

(m. 1801)


Hon. Henry George Howard

  • Mary Labouchere, Baroness Taunton
Parent(s) Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle
Lady Margaret Leveson-Gower
Alma mater Eton College
Christ Church, Oxford

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Carlisle was the eldest son of Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle, and his wife Lady Margaret Caroline Leveson-Gower,[1] Among his siblings were brothers: Hon. William Howard, Maj. Hon. Frederick Howard, and the Very Rev. Hon. Henry Howard, Dean of Lichfield; and sisters: Lady Isabella Howard (wife of John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor), Lady Elizabeth Howard (wife of John Manners, 5th Duke of Rutland), and Lady Gertrude Howard (wife of William Sloane-Stanley).[2]

His paternal grandparents were Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle and, his second wife, Hon Isabella Byron (daughter of William Byron, 4th Baron Byron and relative of Lord Byron). His mother was daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford and his wife Lady Louisa, eldest daughter and co-heiress of Scroop Egerton, 1st Duke of Bridgewater.[2]

He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.[3]

Carlisle was returned to parliament for Morpeth as a Whig in 1795, a seat he held until 1806;[4] he then represented Cumberland until 1820.[5] In 1806 he was sworn on to the Privy Council[6] and appointed to the Indian board in the unity “Ministry of All the Talents“, but resigned in 1807.[7] In 1825 he succeeded his father to the earldom and he entered the House of Lords.

He served in the moderate Tory governments of George Canning and Lord Goderich as First Commissioner of Woods and Forests between May and July 1827[8] and as Lord Privy Seal (with a seat in the cabinet) between July 1827 and January 1828.[9] However, he split with the Tories over electoral reform[1] and later served as a member of the cabinet in the Whig administrations of Lord Grey and Lord Melbourne as Minister without Portfolio between 1830 and 1834 and once again as Lord Privy Seal between July and November 1834.[10]

Apart from his political career Carlisle was Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire between 1824 and 1840.[3][11] He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1837.[12]

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