- Earl of Cork
The Earl of the County of Cork, usually shortened to Earl of Cork, is a title in the
Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1620 for the Anglo-Irishpolitician Richard Boyle, 1st Baron Boyle. He had already been created Lord Boyle, Baron of Youghal, in the County of Cork, in 1616, and was made Viscount of Dungarvan, in the County of Waterford, at the same time he was given the earldom. These titles are also in the Peerage of Ireland. Known as the "Great Earl", he was born in Canterbury, England, but settled in Irelandin 1588, where he married an Irish heiress and bought large estates in County Cork. From 1631 to 1643 he served as Lord Treasurer of Ireland. His third son the Hon. Sir Roger Boyle was created Earl of Orreryin 1660.
Lord Cork was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Earl. He had already succeeded his younger brother as second
Viscount Boyle of Kinalmeakyaccording to a special remainder in the letters patent. He married Elizabeth Clifford, 2nd Baroness Clifford, a descendant of Edward III, and in 1644 he was created Baron Clifford of Lanesborough, in the County of York, in the Peerage of England. Lord Cork later served as Lord High Treasurer of Ireland and as Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1664 he was further honoured when he was made Earl of Burlington in the Peerage of England. His only son and heir apparent Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan, was summoned to the Irish House of Lordsthrough a writ of accelerationin his father's junior title of Viscount Dungarvan in 1663. He later represented Tamworth and Yorkshire in the English House of Commons. In 1689 he was summoned to the English House of Lordsthrough a writ of acceleration in his father's junior title of Baron Clifford of Lanesborough.
Lord Cork was succeeded by his grandson, the third Earl, the son of Viscount Dungarvan. He was Lord Treasurer of Ireland and Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire. On his death the titles passed to his only son, the fourth Earl of Cork and third Earl of Burlington. Known as Lord Burlington, he was the famous
architectwho published Andrea Palladio's designs of Ancient Roman architecture and designed Chiswick Housewith William Kent. He had no sons and on his death in 1753 the barony of Clifford of Lanesborough and earldom of Burlington became extinct. He was succeeded in the Burlington estates and in the barony of Clifford by his eldest surviving daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Boyle, 6th Baroness Clifford (see the Baron Clifford for later history of this title). She married William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire. Their third son Lord George Augustus Henry Cavendish was created Earl of Burlingtonin 1831.
Lord Burlington was succeeded in the earldom of Cork and the other remaining titles by his third cousin John Boyle, 5th Earl of Orrery, who became the fifth Earl of Cork as well (see the
Earl of Orreryfor earlier history of this branch of the family). He was a writer and a friend of Jonathan Swift, Alexander Popeand Samuel Johnson. He was succeeded by his second but eldest surviving son, the sixth Earl. He represented Charleville in the Irish House of Commonsand Warwick in the British House of Commons. He died unmarried at the age of thirty-three and was succeeded by his half-brother, the seventh Earl. On his death 1798 the titles passed to his second but eldest surviving son, the eighth Earl. He was a General in the Army and fought in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
He was succeeded by his grandson, the ninth Earl. He was the son of Captain Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan. Lord Cork was a Liberal politician and served as
Master of the Buckhoundsand as Master of the Horseunder Lord Russell, William Gladstoneand Lord Rosebery. His eldest son, the tenth Earl, fought in the Second Boer Warbut died childless in 1925. He was succeeded by his younger brother, the eleventh Earl. He also died childless and was succeeded by his second cousin, the twelfth Earl. He was the grandson of the Hon. John Boyle, third son of the eighth Earl. Lord Cork was an Admiral of the Fleetand notably commanded the combined expedition for the capture of Narvikin 1940. He was childless and was succeeded by his nephew, the thirteenth Earl. He was the eldest son of Major the Hon. Reginald Courtenay Boyle. He served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and as Deputy Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords from 1973 to 1978. He died childless and was succeeded by his younger brother, the fourteenth Earl. As of 2007 the titles are held by the latter's eldest son, the fifteenth Earl, who succeeded in 2003.
Several other members of the Boyle family have gained distinction. The Hon. Sir Lewis Boyle, second son of the first Earl, was created
Viscount Boyle of Kinalmeakyin 1628. The Hon. Francis Boyle, fourth son of the first Earl, was created Viscount Shannonin 1660. The Hon. Robert Boyle, fifth son of the first Earl, was a prominent physicist and chemist and gave his name to Boyle's Law. The Hon. Henry Boyle, younger son of Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan, eldest son of the second Earl, served as Chancellor of the Exchequerand was created Baron Carletonin 1714. The Hon. Sir Courtenay Boyle (1770-1844), third son of the seventh Earl, was a Vice-Admiralin the Royal Navy. His eldest son Courtenay Edmund William Boyle (1800-1859) was a Rear-Admiralin the Royal Navy while his youngest son Cavendish Spencer Boyle (1814-1868) was the father of 1) Sir Courtenay Edmund Boyle (1845-1901), Permanent Secretary of the Board of Trade, and 2) Sir Cavendish Boyle, Governor of Newfoundlandfrom 1901 to 1904.
Robert Edward Boyle, fourth son of the eighth Earl, was a Colonelin the Coldstream Guardsand represented Frome in the House of Commons. The Hon. William George Boyle, second son of Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan, eldest son of the eighth Earl, was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Coldstream Guards and briefly sat as Member of Parliamentfor Frome. Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon, was the son of the Hon. Henry Boyle, younger son of the first Earl of Orrery.
Earls of Cork (1620)
Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork(1566-1643)
*Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Burlington and 2nd Earl of Cork (1612-1698)
*Charles Boyle, 2nd Earl of Burlington and 3rd Earl of Cork (bef. 1674-1703)
*Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork (1694-1753)
*John Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork and 5th Earl of Orrery (1707-1762)
*Hamilton Boyle, 6th Earl of Cork and 6th Earl of Orrery (1729-1764)
*Edmund Boyle, 7th Earl of Cork and 7th Earl of Orrery (1742-1798)
*Edmund Boyle, 8th Earl of Cork and 8th Earl of Orrery (1767-1856)
*Richard Edmund St Lawrence Boyle, 9th Earl of Cork and 9th Earl of Orrery (1829-1904)
*Charles Spencer Canning Boyle, 10th Earl of Cork and 10th Earl of Orrery (1861-1925)
*Robert John Lascelles Boyle, 11th Earl of Cork and 11th Earl of Orrery (1864-1934)
*William Henry Dudley Boyle, 12th Earl of Cork and 12th Earl of Orrery (1873-1967)
*Patrick Reginald Boyle, 13th Earl of Cork and 13th Earl of Orrery (1910-1995)
*John William Boyle, 14th Earl of Cork and 14th Earl of Orrery (1916-2003)
*John Richard Boyle, 15th Earl of Cork and 15th Earl of Orrery (b. 1945)
Heir Apparentis the present holder's only son Rory Jonathan Courtenay Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan (b. 1978)
Viscount Boyle of Kinalmeaky
Earl of Orrery
Earl of Shannon
*Baron Carleton (1714 creation)
Earl of Burlington
*Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). "Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage" (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
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