David Boyle, Lord Boyle

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The Right Honourable
David Boyle, Lord Boyle
Lord President of Court of Session
Personal details
Born (1772-07-26)26 July 1772
Died 30 January 1853(1853-01-30) (aged 80)

David Boyle, Lord Boyle (26 July 1772 – 30 January 1853) was a Scottish judge.


Boyle was the son of Reverend Patrick Boyle, son of John Boyle, 2nd Earl of Glasgow. His mother was Elizabeth Dunlop, daughter of Alexander Dunlop.[1]

He became an advocate in 1793. He was Member of Parliament for Ayrshire from 1807 to 1811 and served as Solicitor General for Scotland during that period. In 1811, he was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice, with the judicial title Lord Boyle. He was Lord Justice Clerk from 1811 to 1841 and Lord Justice General from 1841 to 1852. He became a Privy Counsellor in 1820.[1]


Boyle married firstly Elizabeth Montgomerie, daughter of Alexander Montgomerie, in 1804. They had several children, including Patrick Boyle, father of David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow; and Alexander Boyle, a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy. After Elizabeth's death in April 1822 Boyle married secondly Catherine Campbell Smythe, daughter of David Smythe, Lord Methven, in 1827. There were children from this marriage as well, including George David Boyle, who became Dean of Salisbury. Boyle died on 30 January 1853, aged 80. His second wife died in December 1880.[1]

Memorial to David Boyle at Dundonald.

David Boyle inherited the family estate of Shewalton near Irvine, and was buried at Dundonald, South Ayrshire.[1]



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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Clerk
Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
David Monypenny
Preceded by
Charles Hope
Lord Justice Clerk
Succeeded by
John Hope
Preceded by
Lord Granton
Lord Justice General
Succeeded by
Lord Colonsay