The Gentleman's Magazine/Volume 40 New Series/August 1853/Richard William Howard Vyse

Obituary: Major-General Richard William Howard-Vyse (1853)
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Major-General Howard-Vyse.

June 8. At Stoke Pogeis, Buckinghamshire, aged 69, Richard William Howard-Vyse, esq. of that place, and of Boughton, Northamptonshire, a Major-General in the army.

He was born on the 25th July, 1784, the only son of General Richard Vyse, Comptroller of the Household of H.R.H. the Duke of Cumberland (a memoir of whom will be found in our Magazine for 1825, part ii. p. 180), by his second wife Anne, daughter of Field-Marshal Sir George Howard, K.B., grand-nephew of Francis fifth Lord Howard of Effingham. By royal sign-manual, dated Sept. 14, 1812, he assumed the additional name of Howard before his own, and the arms of Howard quarterly. He inherited, through his maternal grandmother, Lady Lucy Wentworth, the wife of Sir George Howard, the estates of Boughton and Pitsford in Northamptonshire, which had been purchased by her father, Thomas 2d Earl of Strafford (see Baker's Northamptonshire, vol. i. p. 34). He entered the army, as Ensign in the 1st Dragoons, May 5,1800; was promoted to Lieutenant in the 15th Dragoons, June 17, 1801 ; and to Captain, June 24, 1803. In 1809 he acted as Aide-de-camp to his father on the staff of the Yorkshire district. He became Major by brevet June 4, 1813 ; Captain in the 87th Foot, Aug. 31, 1815; in the 2d Life Guards, July 5, 1816; Major in the 1st West India Regiment, Jan. 4. 1819; in the 2d Life Guards on the 4th of the following month, and brevet Lieut-Colonel in May. He was placed on half-pay Sept. 10, 1825. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel Jan. 10, 1837 ; and to that of Major-General in 1846. He was sometime Equerry to H.R.H. the Duke of Cumberland.

At the general election of 1807 he was returned to parliament as one of the members for Beverley, (for which his father had sat in the parliament of 1806), after a contest which terminated thus—

Capt. R. W. H. Vyse . . .1012
John Wharton, esq. . . . 739
Philip Staples, esq. . . . 279

He sat for that borough until the dissolution of 1812, and in 1812 he was elected for Honiton, for which he sat until 1820. In 1824 he served the office of High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.

He married Nov. 13, 1810, Frances second daughter of Henry Hesketh, esq. of Newton, Cheshire ; and by that lady he had issue ten children, eight sons and two daughters. The former were, 1. George Charles Ernest Adolphus Richard Howard-Vyse, Captain in 2d Life Guards, who married in 1839 Elizabeth, daughter of the late Sir Michael Seymour, Bart. ; 2. Richard Henry Richard Howard-Vyse, Captain in the lioynl Horse Guards, and M.P. for South Northamptonshire, for which he has sat from 1846 ; 3. Frederick, Lieut. R.N.; 4. William-Crewe-Duck- worth, who died young; 5. Granville-Sykes; 6. Thomas, who died young ; 7. Edward; 8. Francis ; 9. Augusta-Elizabeth ; and 10, Sophia, married to Dr. Falconer, of Bath.

This work was published before January 1, 1929, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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