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Field Marshal The Viscount Shannon
Born 1675 (1675)
Westminster, Middlesex
Died 1740 (1741)
Spouse(s) Mary Sackville

Field Marshal Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon PC (1675 – 20 December 1740) was a British military officer and statesman.

Born in Westminster, Middlesex, Boyle inherited the title of Viscount Shannon from his paternal grandfather, Francis Boyle, 1st Viscount Shannon, in 1699. On 7 July 1702, he married Mary Sackville, who died twelve years later, bearing no children. He entered the House of Commons in 1708 as Member of Parliament (MP) for Arundel, then he served successively as MP for Hythe and East Grinstead. In January 1720, Boyle remarried, this time to Grace Senhouse, and they had one child, Grace Boyle. That same year, Boyle was constituted the Commander in Chief of the Irish military forces by King George II, and in 1721, he was appointed to the Privy Council. In 1739, he received a promotion to the rank of field marshal; however, he died a year after receiving it.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edmund Dummer
James Butler
Member of Parliament for Arundel
with Sir Henry Peachey 1708
Viscount Lumley 1708–1710

1708–1710
Succeeded by
The Earl of Thomond
Viscount Lumley
Preceded by
John Boteler
John Fane
Member of Parliament for Hythe
with John Fane

1710–1711
Succeeded by
John Boteler
William Berners
Preceded by
John Conyers
Spencer Compton
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
with John Conyers

1715–1722
Succeeded by
John Conyers
Sir Spencer Compton
Preceded by
John Conyers
Sir Spencer Compton
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
with John Conyers 1722–1725
Edward Conyers 1725–1727
The Viscount Palmerston 1727–1734

1722–1734
Succeeded by
Edward Conyers
Earl of Middlesex
Military offices
New regiment Colonel of The Viscount Shannon's Regiment of Marines
1702–1713
Regiment disbanded
Preceded by
William Breton
Colonel of The Viscount Shannon's Regiment of Foot
1715–1721
Succeeded by
John Middleton
Preceded by
Richard Waring
Colonel of The King's Regiment of Carabineers
1721–1727
Succeeded by
George MacCartney
Preceded by
The Lord Forrester
Captain and Colonel of the
4th Troop of Horse Guards

1727–1740
Succeeded by
The Earl of Effingham
Preceded by
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Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
1727–1740
Succeeded by
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Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Francis Boyle
Viscount Shannon
1699–1740
Extinct
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