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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. [1] [2] [3]



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.[4][5] Emily was a daughter of Lord George Seymour and Isabella Hamilton. [6]

George Seymour was a son of Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford and his wife Lady Isabella Fitzroy. [7] Isabella Hamilton was a daughter of the Reverend George Hamilton, Canon of Windsor (1718 – 1787) and his wife Elizabeth Onslow. [8]

Isabella Fitzroy was a daughter of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton and his wife Lady Henrietta Somerset. [9] George Hamilton was a son of James Hamilton, 7th Earl of Abercorn and his wife Anne Plumer. [10] Elizabeth Onslow was a daughter of Richard Onslow, Governor of Plymouth and his second wife Pooley Walton. [11]

Henrietta Somerset was a daughter of Charles Somerset, Marquess of Worcester and his wife Rebecca Child. [12] 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. [13] John Plumer was also High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1689, appointed during the reign of William and Mary. [14] 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. [15] 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. [16] John Plumer is later noted granting refuge to Jane Wenham, subject of a witch trial, at his estate, New Place at Gilston. [17] [18] 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. [19] 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. [20]

Rebecca Child was a daughter of Josiah Child, governor of the Honourable East India Company and his second wife Mary Atwood. [21] Her maternal grandfather William Atwood was also a merchant. [22]

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. [23]

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. [24]

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:[25] [26] [27]

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:[28] [29] [30]



  1. ^ His profile in
  2. ^ Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest
  3. ^ The Boyle Family Genealogy:"Hon Col Henry Bentinck Boyle, 2nd Bde, S Irish Div, RA, 5th Earl of Shannon"
  4. ^ Profile of Richard Boyle in
  5. ^ Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest
  6. ^ Profile of George Seymour in
  7. ^ Profile of Francis Seymour-Conway in
  8. ^ Profile of George Hamilton in
  9. ^ Profile of Charles FitzRoy in
  10. ^ Profile of James Hamilton in
  11. ^ Profile of Richard Onslow in
  12. ^ Profile of Charles Somerset in
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ Web site of the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, featuring an incomplete list of Sheriffs
  15. ^ David Hayton, Eveline Cruickshanks and Stuart Handley, "The House of Commons, 1690-1715" (2002), page 279-281
  16. ^ Jonathan Swift, "The Journal to Stella", Letter 17
  17. ^ Early Modern Notes:Jane Wenham (d. 1730)
  18. ^ Herbert W Tompkins, "Jane Wenham, Witch of Walkern."
  19. ^ John Clark, "The History of Eastwick"
  20. ^ Arthur Collins, "Peerage of England" (1812), page 476
  21. ^ Profile of Josiah Child in
  22. ^ Henry Bourne, "English Merchants: Memoirs in Illustration of the Progress of British Commerce" (2005), page 240
  23. ^ Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest
  24. ^ The Boyle Family Genealogy:"Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon"
  25. ^ His profile in
  26. ^ Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest
  27. ^ The Boyle Family Genealogy:"Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon"
  28. ^ His profile in
  29. ^ Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their descendants in Wombat's Family Forest
  30. ^ The Boyle Family Genealogy:"Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon"

External links

Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Boyle
Earl of Shannon
Succeeded by
Richard Henry Boyle


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