John Boileau

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John Boileau by Hill & Adamson, 1843-1847

Sir John Peter Boileau, 1st Baronet FRS, DL, JP (2 September 1794 – 9 March 1869)[1] was a British baronet and archaeologist.

Background[edit]

Born in Hertford Street in London's district Mayfair, he was the eldest son of John Peter Boileau and his wife Henrietta, the eldest daughter of John Pollen.[2] His family claimed descendancy of Étienne Boileau, one of the first known provosts of Paris.[3] He was educated at Eton College and went then to Merton College, Oxford.[3] In 1813, Boileau joined the British Army and was commissioned as 2nd lieutenant into the Rifle Corps, which his uncle Coote Manningham had established.[4] After four years service, he was put on halfpay in 1817.[4] He bought an estate in Ketteringham in 1836, which he later expanded with a Gothic hall.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1838, Boileau was created a baronet, of Tacolnestone Hall, in the County of Norfolk.[6] He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1843[7] and was appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1844.[2] When one year later the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society was founded, Boileau was nominated one of its vice-presidents until 1849, after which he became the Society's president.[4] He joined the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1852 and by the recommendation of Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope, he was chosen a vice-president in 1858, a post he occupied for seven years with only a break in 1863.[4] Boileau was additionally vice-president of the Zoological Society of London and of the Royal Statistical Society.[4] He served in the same capacity for the Institute of Archaeology and for the Royal Society of Arts.[4] Boileau further held a fellowship in the Geological Society of London and was vice-president of the Royal Institution as well as the British Science Association.[4] He represented Norfolk both as a Deputy Lieutenant as well as a Justice of the Peace.[3]

Family[edit]

In 1825, he married Catherine Sarah, the third daughter of Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto.[8] They had four sons and five daughters.[8] His wife died in 1862 and Boileau survived her until 1869, having suffered on chronic bronchitis in his last years.[4] He died at Torquay and was buried in the family's vault in Ketteringham.[4] His oldest son John having predeceased him in 1861, he was succeeded in the baronetcy by his second son Francis.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 124. 
  3. ^ a b c Walford, Edward (1860). The County Families of the United Kingdom. London: Robert Hardwicke. p. 61. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i  "Boileau, John Peter". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  5. ^ "Ketteringham Hall Courses, Information Communications Technology - About Ketteringham Hall-". Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19631. p. 1488. 3 July 1838. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Royal Society - Library and Archive catalogue". Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Lodge, Edmund (1859). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (28th ed.). London: Hurst and Blackett. p. 651. 
  9. ^ "ThePeerage - Sir John Peter Boileau, 1st Bt". Retrieved 22 December 2009. 

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Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Tacolnestone Hall)
1838 – 1869
Succeeded by
Francis Boileau