Henry Bentinck Boyle, 5th Earl of Shannon

Henry Bentinck Boyle, 5th Earl of Shannon

Henry Bentinck Boyle, 5th Earl of Shannon (22 November, 1833, London - 8 February, 1890, Castlemartyr) was an Honorary Colonel of the 2nd Brigade, South Irish Division, Royal Artillery. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p1325.htm#i13248 His profile in Peerage.com] ] [ [http://www.rootsandleaves.com/family/Burke%27s/SHANNON.htm Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest] ] [ [http://www.boyle.family.btinternet.co.uk/18331122.html The Boyle Family Genealogy:"Hon Col Henry Bentinck Boyle, 2nd Bde, S Irish Div, RA, 5th Earl of Shannon"] ]


He was a son of Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon and his wife Emily Henrietta Seymour. Richard served as a Member of Parliament, representing the Cork County consituency in the House of Commons from 1830 to 1832. Richard was a member of the Whig faction. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p7262.htm#i72617 Profile of Richard Boyle in Peerage.com] ] [ [http://www.rootsandleaves.com/family/Burke%27s/SHANNON.htm Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest] ] Emily was a daughter of Lord George Seymour and Isabella Hamilton. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p2943.htm#i29423 Profile of George Seymour in Peerage.com] ]

George Seymour was a son of Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford and his wife Lady Isabella Fitzroy. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p10295.htm#i102943 Profile of Francis Seymour-Conway in Peerage.com] ] Isabella Hamilton was a daughter of the Reverend George Hamilton, Canon of Windsor (1718 – 1787) and his wife Elizabeth Onslow. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p11030.htm#i110291 Profile of George Hamilton in Peerage.com] ]

Isabella Fitzroy was a daughter of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton and his wife Lady Henrietta Somerset. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p10295.htm#i102945 Profile of Charles FitzRoy in Peerage.com] ] George Hamilton was a son of James Hamilton, 7th Earl of Abercorn and his wife Anne Plumer. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p11027.htm#i110267 Profile of James Hamilton in Peerage.com] ] Elizabeth Onslow was a daughter of Richard Onslow, Governor of Plymouth and his second wife Pooley Walton. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p11030.htm#i110293 Profile of Richard Onslow in Peerage.com] ]

Henrietta Somerset was a daughter of Charles Somerset, Marquess of Worcester and his wife Rebecca Child. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p1058.htm#i10580 Profile of Charles Somerset in Peerage.com] ] Anne Plumer was a daughter of John Plumer and Mary Hale. Her father was a Member of the Parliament, representing Hertfordshire in the Parliament of England. The Plumers originated in Old Windsor, claiming descent from an the Anglo-Saxon knight. However their pedigree as preserved in the College of Arms only dates to the Elizabethan era. By that time the family already held significant wealth. [John Burke, "A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Enjoying Territorial Possessions Or High Official Rank: But Uninvested with Heritable Honours" (1835), page 72] John Plumer was also High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1689, appointed during the reign of William and Mary. [ [http://www.highsheriffofhertfordshire.org.uk/history.php Web site of the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, featuring an incomplete list of Sheriffs] ] He was a Whig Parliamentary candidate in 1698, defeated by Ralph Freman and Thomas Halsey. Both his rivals were Tories. He was again a candidate in the 1708 election, again failing to win against Freman and Halsey. He was supported by most of the local gentry but had little support among others eligible to vote. [David Hayton, Eveline Cruickshanks and Stuart Handley, "The House of Commons, 1690-1715" (2002), page 279-281] Jonathan Swift records the arranged marriage of Anne to the Earl of Abercorn in "The Journal to Stella", placing it in 1711. Stella was his nickname for Esther Johnson. On an entry dated to 2 March, 1711, Swift reports "I dined with Lord Abercorn, whose son Peasley will be married at Easter to ten thousand pounds." The Lord Abercorn mentioned here was Anne's father-in-law, James Hamilton, 6th Earl of Abercorn. "Peasley" is a reference to the title "Lord Paisley", a courtesy title used at the time for the eldest son of each Duke of Abercorn. The ten thousand pounds were the dowry of Anne. [ [http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/s/swift/jonathan/s97s/letter17.html Jonathan Swift, "The Journal to Stella", Letter 17] ] John Plumer is later noted granting refuge to Jane Wenham, subject of a witch trial, at his estate, New Place at Gilston. [ [http://www.earlymodernweb.org.uk/emn/index.php/archives/2004/10/from-the-dnb-the-last-convicted-witch-in-england/ Early Modern Notes:Jane Wenham (d. 1730)] ] [ [http://www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk/data/topics/t010-witch.htm Herbert W Tompkins, "Jane Wenham, Witch of Walkern."] ] New Place had been built by Henry Chauncy in 1550. John Plumer purchased the estate in 1701. Plumer died in 1718 and his estates were inherited by his son William Plumer (c. 1686 - 1767). William also served as M.P later in life. [ [http://www.eastwickandgilston.org.uk/html/parish_history.html John Clark, "The History of Eastwick"] ] Pooley Walton was a daughter of Charles Walton of Little Bursted, Essex. Her paternal uncle Sir George Walton was a Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy. [Arthur Collins, "Peerage of England" (1812), page 476]

Rebecca Child was a daughter of Josiah Child, governor of the Honourable East India Company and his second wife Mary Atwood. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p2464.htm#i24632 Profile of Josiah Child in Peerage.com] ] Her maternal grandfather William Atwood was also a merchant. [Henry Bourne, "English Merchants: Memoirs in Illustration of the Progress of British Commerce" (2005), page 240]

Life account

He was educated at Eton College and then joined the service of the Foreign Office. In 1852, Boyle was appointed Attaché to the British envoy at Frankfurt am Main, a Free imperial city maintaining its independence. Frankfurt was at the time a member of the German Confederation and served as the seat of its Bundesversammlung. From 1852 to 1853 , Boyle served as Attaché to the British embassy at Vienna, capital of the Austrian Empire. [ [http://www.rootsandleaves.com/family/Burke%27s/SHANNON.htm Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest] ]

His father died on 1 August, 1868. Henry inherited his title and the estates associated with it. He held said title and estates until his own death. [ [http://www.boyle.family.btinternet.co.uk/18090512.html The Boyle Family Genealogy:"Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon"] ]

Marriages and children

On 12 July, 1859, Shannon married his first wife Lady Blanche Emma Lascelles. She was a daughter of Henry Lascelles, 3rd Earl of Harewood and his wife Lady Louisa Thynne. They had three children: [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p1325.htm#i13248 His profile in Peerage.com] ] [ [http://www.rootsandleaves.com/family/Burke%27s/SHANNON.htm Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest] ] [ [http://www.boyle.family.btinternet.co.uk/18090512.html The Boyle Family Genealogy:"Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon"] ]

*Richard Henry Boyle, 6th Earl of Shannon (15 May, 1860 - 11 December, 1906). Lieutenant of the Rifle Brigade from 1880 to 1882. Moved to Canada in 1883, establishing his own ranch there. Later served in the Parliament of Canada. Also a Captain of The Rocky Mountain Rangers.
*Henry George Boyle (10 February, 1862 - 16 December, 1908). Lieutenant of the 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
*Robert Francis Boyle (12 December, 1863 - 11 December, 1922). Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy, served in World War I.

Blanche died on 26 December, 1863, two weeks after giving birth to her last son. On 14 January, 1868, Shannon married his second wife, Julia Charlotte Cradock-Hartopp. She was a daughter of William Edmund Cradock-Hartopp, 3rd Baronet, High Sheriff of Warwickshire and his wife Jane Mary Keane. They had three children: [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p1325.htm#i13248 His profile in Peerage.com] ] [ [http://www.rootsandleaves.com/family/Burke%27s/SHANNON.htm Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest] ] [ [http://www.boyle.family.btinternet.co.uk/18090512.html The Boyle Family Genealogy:"Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon"] ]

*Walter John Harry Boyle (11 March, 1869 - 24 February, 1939). Senior Official Receiver of the Insolvency Service from 1922 to 1934.
*Edward Spencer Harry Boyle (8 October, 1870 - 8 October, 1937). Captain of the Royal Navy, served in the Second Boer War. Acting Commander of the Royal Naval College, Osborne from 1914 to 1918.
*Sir Algernon Douglas Edward Harry Boyle (21 October, 1871 - 13 October, 1949). Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy. Member of the Royal Victorian Order in 1901, Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1918, Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1924. Served in World War I. Aide-de-camp to George V of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1919. Fourth Sea Lord from 1920 to 1924.


*Burke's Peerage, 106th and 107th editions (1999 and 2004).


External links

* [http://books.google.com/books?id=QisAAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA72&lpg=PA72&dq=Plumer+Abercorn&source=web&ots=YyRUDfuK6m&sig=qQr-xtorLp8rtuau7TnGk1k0GKM&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result Listing of his ancestors, the Plumers in the History of Commoners]
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=hrgAVrbHM2kC&pg=PA281&lpg=PA281&dq=John+Plumer+Blakesware+M.P&source=web&ots=1B-CE1OmeP&sig=Mebbhkv9DPlHlq1tQHzIGq90tBI&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result#PPA281,M1 Section of the "House of Commons" mentioning John Plumer]
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=x1I5AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA476&lpg=PA476&dq=Charles+Walton+Little+Bursted&source=web&ots=GN6FF-mQYU&sig=FKxcAmOp3RjY90FAL7NlRDVWzSw&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result#PPA476,M1 The Waltons as mentioned in the "Peerage"]
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=X2q-1nhq_IYC&pg=PA240&lpg=PA240&dq=%22William+Atwood%22+Josiah+Child&source=web&ots=W0rbXEMgCO&sig=MhrOZe2btghG1w4ci5pBQryBQ9M&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result Page of "English Merchants" mentioning the marriages of Josiah Child]

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