The 14th Earl of Cork & Orrery, DSC, VRD, died 14 November, 2003. He
was aged 87.
The Earl was also Baron Boyle of Youghal (1616), Viscount Dungarvan
(1620), Baron Boyle of Broghill (1621), Viscount Boyle of Kinalmeaky
and Baron of Bandon Bridge (1621), Earl of Orrery (1660), all in the
peerage of Ireland; and Baron Boyle of Marston (1711), in the peerage
of Gt Britain.
His elder brother, the 13th Earl, was a former Deputy Chairman of
Committees, House of Lords, who wrote occasionally for Punch. With his
wife Dorothy writing the scripts, he presented and illustrated a
children's series on ITV about a small boy called Tum.
Their uncle - the 12th Earl - who died in April, 1967, aged 93, was a
monocled Admiral of the Fleet, known as _Ginger_ Boyle, much admired
by Churchill, and who commanded the combined expedition for the
capture of Narvik in 1940.
The first Earl had been an enterprising lawyer from Hereford and Kent
and had left to seek his fortune in Ireland in the early 17th century,
with only 37 shillings and sixpence in his pocket. His success was
unqualified. After buying up lands of the lately executed Sir Walter
Raleigh, he went on to acquire a substantial chunk of southern
Ireland. He was ennobled by James I on being made Chancellor of
Ireland, where he was known as the _Great Earl_ and had 14 sons - all
but one of whom became peers.
The exception was perhaps the most famous, Robert Boyle, sometimes
known as the _Father of Modern Chemistry_, whose Boyle's Law has since
been drummed into countless generations of schoolchildren.
But the family lost most of its land in Ireland, Yorkshire and the
west end of London many years ago when they passed through marriage of
a Boyle heiress to the Duke of Devonshire.
John William Boyle was born 12 May, 1916, younger son of the Hon
Reginald Courtenay Boyle, MBE, MC (who died in 1946 great-grandson of
the 8th Earl), by his wife Violet (died 1974), daughter of Arthur
John Boyle was educated at Harrow and King's College, London (BSc).
Career: Fellow, Institute of Civil Engineers; Served in the War of
1939-45, in the Royal Navy with the Home and Mediterranean Fleet;
Lieutenant-Commander, RNVR, 1939-54; was twice mentioned in
despatches; awarded the DSC 1945; VRD 1952; Consultant with Sir
Alexander Gibb and Partners, subsequently Gibb PE Consulting Group,
&c; Chief Engineer, Ind Coope Ltd.
He succeeded to the family honours on the demise of his elder brother,
8 August, 1995.
Lord Cork & Orrery, of Dunkeld, Perthshire, married in 1943, Mary
Leslie, the only daughter of General Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson, KCB,
CMG, DSO, by whom he had three sons, John Richard (Jonathan), Robert,
The peerages now devolve on the eldest son, styled Viscount Dungarvan,
born 3 November, 1945, who is married with one son and two daughters.