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Duke of Norfolk John Howard
17 generations from the origin. Great x 15 grandfather.

Birth: c. 1425, England;
Death: Aug 22, 1485; England; Died in the battle of Bosworth field.
Age: 60

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  • 1st Duke of Norfolk, 3rd creation - Dates: 1483
  • 11th Baron Mowbray
  • Earl Marshal of England - Dates: 1483-1485
  • Lord High Admiral - Dates: 1483-1485
  • Constable of Norwich Castle
  • Treasurer of the Royal Household
  • Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk - Dates: 1461


John Howard (mid-1420sā€“1485) was the son of Sir Robert Howard (?1385-1436) and Margaret Mowbray (?1391-1459), the eldest daughter of Thomas Mowbray (1366-1399) and Elizabeth FitzAlan (1366-1425). He was created 1st Duke of Norfolk (of the 3rd creation) in 1483. The title had become extinct, firstly upon the death of John de Mowbray, 4th Duke of Norfolk (1444ā€“1476), who had been 4th Duke of Norfolk (of the 1st creation) from 1461 until 1476, and again upon the death in 1483 of Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, who had been created Duke of Norfolk after marrying the daughter of the late Norfolk.

John Howard was known as "Jack (or "Jock," hence: "Jockey") of Norfolk". He had the support of Edward IV of England who made him Constable of Norwich Castle, Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, Treasurer of the Royal Household. For his support of Richard III during the desposition of Edward V in 1483, he was created Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal of England, and Lord Admiral of all England, Ireland, and Aquitaine.

He was married first to Katherine Moleyns (1424-1465), the daughter of William de Moleyns and Margery Whalesborough; and then to Margaret Chedworth (1436-1494), the daughter of Sir John Chedworth and Margaret Bowett. Ms. Bowett's maiden name is sometimes thought to have been Wyfold, but this is an error of confusion since it was her daughter, Margaret Chedworth, who had originally married Nicholas Wyfold (1420-1456), the Lord Mayor of London, in 1455. Ms. Bowett's parents were Nicholas Bowett of Rippingale, Lincolnshire, England and Elizabeth La Zouche of Harringworth, Northampton, England.

He died on August 22, 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field.

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Sir Robert Howard
c. 1385 - 1436
Margaret de Mowbray
c. 1391 - c. 1459
Primary or Last Marriage:
Date: , Place: , Status: Marriage, Note: Married first to Katherine Moleyns (1424-1465), the daughter of William de Moleyns and Margery Whalesborough
Duchess of Norfolk Catherine Moleyns
c. 1425 - 1465
Duke of Norfolk Thomas Howard
Great x 14 grandfather
1443 - May 21, 1524
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