James Howard (dramatist)

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James Howard (c. 1640 – July 1669)[1] was an English dramatist and member of a Royalist family during the English Civil War and the Restoration.

He was the eighth son of Thomas Howard and Werburge Kirkhoven, daughter of James, Lord of Heenvliet, Holland, and grandson of Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk (1584–1640), and Elizabeth Home (d. 1633), daughter of the earl of Dunbar. Howard wrote two comedies, All Mistaken, or the Mad Couple, (c.1667), and The English Mounsieur (1666). Both of these starred Nell Gwynn, the mistress of Charles II.[1][2]

Howard had three brothers who also wrote plays — Edward Howard, Colonel Henry Howard, and Robert Howard. Their sister, Elizabeth Howard, was married to John Dryden.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Howard, James (c.1640–1669)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/13918.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th Edition (http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/HOR_I25/HOWARD_SIR_ROBERT_16261698_.html)