Admiral Richard Howe, the 1st Earl Howe (1726-1799), led a distinguished and remarkable life. Taking to the sea at an early age, Howe fought for Great Britain in many Eighteenth Century conflicts, including the War for American Independence. Today, Lord Howe’s name is immortalized in ships and towns throughout the remaining rump of the British Empire. Prince William, England’s future king, and his loutish brother Harry number among Howe’s descendants.
Despite so much good luck and historical recognition (Britain’s near-success against the rebellious colonies notwithstanding), Howe will forever be burdened by the odious sobriquet: Black Dick.