Fitzalan-Howard, Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk (1847 -1917)

Henry Fitzalan-Howard was the eldest son of Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 14th Duke of Norfolk, and Augusta Mary Minna Catherine, younger daughter of Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons. He was educated at The Oratory School. In 1860 on the death of his father, he succeeded as 15th Duke of Norfolk, and to the attendant hereditary office of Earl Marshal. In 1895 he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Postmaster General by Lord Salisbury, a post he held until 1900. In July 1897 he was appointed the first Lord Mayor of Sheffield, in which he remained until November of the same year. In 1900, at age 53, he took part in the Boer War. He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1886, and was Lord Lieutenant of Sussex between 1905 and 1917. In his dual role as Premier Duke and most prominent Roman Catholic in England, he undertook a programme of philanthropy which served in part to reintegrate Roman Catholics into civic life. From his ancestral seat of Arundel Castle he sponsored the construction of the Church of Our Lady and St Philip Neri between 1868 and 1873. In 1965 this church was chosen to serve as Arundel Cathedral. In 1877, he married Lady Flora Hastings, daughter of the Charles Abney-Hastings, 1st Baron Donington and Edith Rawdon-Hastings, 10th Countess of Loudoun. To commemorate this occasion, he undertook construction of a church in his titular ancestral seat in Norwich. Completed in 1910, the church was chosen to serve as St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich, when the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia was re-established in 1976. The marriage produced one son. Twenty years after Lady Flora's death in April 1887, the Duke married his cousin, thirty years his junior, the Hon. Gwendolen Constable-Maxwell, eldest daughter of Marmaduke Constable-Maxwell, 11th Lord Herries of Terregles, and the Hon. Angela Mary Charlotte, daughter of Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Glossop. They had four children. The 15th Duke also donated funds for the building of the University of Sheffield and was its first Chancellor between 1905 and 1917. He also contributed funds to the construction of major Roman Catholic churches in Canada.

Seat / Residence(s): Arundel Castle, Sussex
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Fitzalan-Howard, Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk (1847 - 1917) (Stamp 1) Motto: Sola virtus invicta
Helmet: Peer
Crest: On a chapeau turned up ermine a lion statant gardant
Arms: Quarterly of 4 1. On a bend between six cross crosslets fitchy an escutcheon charged with a demi lion rampant pierced through the mouth with an arrow within a double tressure flory counterflory (Howard) 2. Three lions passant gardant a label for difference (Brotherton) 3. Checky (Warren) 4. A lion rampant (FitzAlan) a mullet for difference
Quarterings: 1. On a bend between six cross crosslets fitchy an escutcheon charged with a demi lion rampant pierced through the mouth with an arrow within a double tressure flory counterflory (Howard) 2. Three lions passant gardant a label for difference (Brotherton) 3. Checky (Warren) 4. A lion rampant (FitzAlan) a mullet for difference
Coronet: Duke
Heraldic Charges: arrow, Heraldic Charges: bend, on a, between, Heraldic Charges: branch (oak), Heraldic Charges: chapeau, on a, Heraldic Charges: checky, Heraldic Charges: cross crosslets (6), Heraldic Charges: escutcheon, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant, Heraldic Charges: lion statant gardant, Heraldic Charges: lion, demi-, within, Heraldic Charges: lions passant gardant (3), Heraldic Charges: tressure, double, flory counterflory
Motto: Sola virtus invicta
Helmet: Peer
Crest: 1. Out of a ducal coronet a pair of wings each charged with a bend between six cross-crosslets fitchy. 2. On a chapeau a lion statant gardant ducally gorged. 3. A horse passant holding in its mouth a slip of oak
Arms: Quarterly 1. On a bend between six crosses crosslet fitchy an escutcheon charged with a demi lion rampant pierced through the mouth with an arrow within a double tressure flory counterflory (Howard) 2. Three lions passant gardant a label for difference (Brotherton) 3. Checky (Warren) 2. Grand Quarterly 1. A double headed eagle displayed surmounted of an inescutcheon charged with a saltire and surcharged in the centre with a hedgehog (Maxwell, Earl of Nithsdale) 2. Quarterly I & IV A saltire sable in chief a label of three points (for Maxwell) II & III Argent three hedgehogs (Herries) 3. Quarterly gules and vair a bend (Constable of Everingham) 4. On a bend cotised three billets (Huggerston of Huggerston)
Quarterings: 1. On a bend between six crosses crosslet fitchy an escutcheon charged with a demi lion rampant pierced through the mouth with an arrow within a double tressure flory counterflory (Howard) 2. Three lions passant gardant a label for difference (Brotherton) 3. Checky (Warren) 2. Grand Quarterly 1. A double headed eagle displayed surmounted of an inescutcheon charged with a saltire and surcharged in the centre with a hedgehog (Maxwell, Earl of Nithsdale) 2. Quarterly I & IV A saltire sable in chief a label of three points (for Maxwell) II & III Argent three hedgehogs (Herries) 3. Quarterly gules and vair a bend (Constable of Everingham) 4. On a bend cotised three billets (Huggerston of Huggerston)
Coronet: Due
Heraldic Charges: arrow, Heraldic Charges: bend, Heraldic Charges: bend cotised, on a, Heraldic Charges: bend, on a, Heraldic Charges: billets (3), Heraldic Charges: branch (oak), Heraldic Charges: chapeau, on a, Heraldic Charges: checky, Heraldic Charges: chief, Heraldic Charges: cross crosslets (6), Heraldic Charges: eagle, double-headed, displayed, Heraldic Charges: escutcheon, Heraldic Charges: hedgehog, Heraldic Charges: hedgehogs (3), Heraldic Charges: horse, Heraldic Charges: label, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant, Heraldic Charges: lion statant gardant, Heraldic Charges: lion, demi-, Heraldic Charges: lions passant gardant (3), Heraldic Charges: saltire, Heraldic Charges: tressure, double, flory counterflory, Heraldic Charges: wings (2)