Younger brother of Richard Howe, William served in the army in Flanders 1747–8, and with distinction in Canada and Cuba 1759–62. Between 1758 and 1780 he was MP for Nottingham, where there was a family interest. Having previously refused to serve in America at the outbreak of rebellion, he arrived in Boston in May 1775, and after Bunker Hill was appointed KB. Promoted full general in 1793, Howe became governor of Berwick‐on‐Tweed and, in 1805, of Plymouth, where he died.
Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Warfare and Defence.