William Cecil James Philip John Paul Howard, 8th Earl of Wicklow (30 October 1902 – 8 February 1978), styled Viscount Clonmore until 1946, was an Irish peer.
He was the only child of Ralph Howard, 7th Earl of Wicklow and the Countess of Wicklow, formerly Lady Gladys Mary Hamilton. His maternal grandparents were the 2nd Duke of Abercorn and Lady Mary Anna Curzon-Howe.
He was known as Viscount Clonmore until succeeding to the Earldom in 1946.
He was educated at Eton College, Magdalen College, Oxford and St Stephen's House, Oxford and ordained deacon and priest in the Anglican Communion. Among his Oxford associates figure Glyn Simon, Evelyn Waugh and John Betjeman. He worked for the Magdalen Mission in Somers Town. Having been a zealous Anglo-Catholic, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1932 and thereafter lived as a layman. He was disinherited by his father and banished from the family home on Sundays because he was thought to be an embarrassment on account of his attending Mass with the servants, who were Catholics. During World War II he served as a Captain in the Royal Fusiliers.
- "Earls of Wicklow". Retrieved 20 March 2009.
- Pierre Barbet, The corporal passion of Jesus Christ tr. the Earl of Wicklow (Dublin: Clonmore & Reynolds, 1950, 1954, 1955)
- The Earl of Wicklow, More about Dom Marmion: a study of his writings together with a chapter from an unpublished work and a biographical sketch (Dublin: Clonmore & Reynolds; London: Burns, Oates, & Washbourne, 1950)
- R. P. H. Perroy, The mass explained to children, tr. the Earl of Wicklow (Dublin: Clonmore & Reynolds, 1956)
- The Earl of Wicklow, Fireside Fusilier with an introduction by Evelyn Waugh (Dublin: Clonmore & Reynolds; London: Hollis & Carter, 1958; Derby: Citadel Press, 1970)
- The Earl of Wicklow, ed., Rome is home: the experience of converts with a preface by Edward Charles Rich (Dublin: Clonmore & Reynolds, 1959)
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