Earl of Shannon
Earl of Shannon is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1756 for the prominent Irish politician Henry Boyle, who served as Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and as Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer. The earldom is named after Shannon Park in County Cork and not after the River Shannon.
The first Earl was made Viscount Boyle, of Bandon, and Baron Castle Martyr at the same time, also in the Peerage of Ireland. Lord Shannon was the second son of Henry Boyle, second son of Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, third surviving son of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork. He was succeeded by his son, the second Earl. He served as Master-General of the Ordnance for Ireland and as Vice-Treasurer for Ireland. In 1786 he was created Baron Carleton, of Carleton in the County of York, in the Peerage of Great Britain. This title gave him and the later Earls an automatic seat in the British House of Lords. The third Earl, son of the second, notably served as Lord Lieutenant of County Cork. On his death the titles passed to his son, the fourth Earl, who briefly represented County Cork in the House of Commons. As of 2014[update] the titles are held by the fourth Earl's great-great-grandson, the ninth Earl, who succeeded his father in 1963. As a descendant of both the first Earl of Orrery and the first Earl of Cork he is also in remainder to these titles.
Earls of Shannon (1756)
- Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon (1686–1764)
- Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Shannon (1728–1807)
- Henry Boyle, 3rd Earl of Shannon (1771–1842)
- Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon (1809–1868)
- Henry Bentinck Boyle, 5th Earl of Shannon (1833–1890)
- Richard Henry Boyle, 6th Earl of Shannon (1860–1906)
- Richard Bernard Boyle, 7th Earl of Shannon (1897–1917)
- Robert Henry Boyle, 8th Earl of Shannon (1900–1963)
- Richard Bentinck Boyle, 9th Earl of Shannon (1924–2013) 
- Richard Henry John Boyle, 10th Earl of Shannon (born 1960)
The heir presumptive is the present holder's second cousin, Robert Francis Boyle (born 1930).
The heir presumptive's heir apparent is his son David de Crespigny Boyle (born 1959).
The heir presumptive's heir apparent's heir apparent is his son Liam Francis Paton Boyle (born 2001).
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Website on the Boyle family
- "9th Earl of Shannon". Peerage News.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Richard Bentinck Boyle, 9th Earl of Shannon