David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Glasgow
The 7th Earl of Glasgow
12th Governor of New Zealand
In office
6 June 1892 – 8 February 1897
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by The Earl of Onslow
Succeeded by The Earl of Ranfurly
Personal details
Born (1833-05-31)31 May 1833
Died 13 December 1915(1915-12-13) (aged 82)
Nationality British
Relations Sir James Fergusson (cousin)

David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow GCMG (31 May 1833 – 13 December 1915) was a British naval commander and colonial governor. He served as Governor of New Zealand between 1892 and 1897.


Boyle was the son of Patrick Boyle, eldest son of David Boyle, Lord Boyle, by his first wife Elizabeth Montgomerie. His mother was Mary Frances Elphinstone-Dalrymple, daughter of Sir Robert Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone, 1st Baronet. He succeeded in the earldom in 1890.[1]

Royal Navy[edit]

Boyle served with the Royal Navy during the Crimean and Second Opium Wars. He was the commander of the HMS Niobe that was wrecked in 1874.[2] He retired with the rank of captain.[3]

Governor of New Zealand[edit]

Boyle was the Governor of New Zealand from 1892 to 1897. He was the cousin of another Governor, Sir James Fergusson.[2] The Wellington suburb of Kelburn in New Zealand is named after Viscount Kelburn, the son of Boyle.[4]

Upon his return to the UK, Lord Glasgow was elevated to the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1897 as Baron Fairlie, of Fairlie in the County of Ayr, to enable him to sit in the House of Lords (the Earldom of Glasgow and all its subsidiary titles being in the Peerage of Scotland).

Later life[edit]

Lord Glasgow took an active interest in the city of Glasgow.

He received the honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D) from the University of Glasgow when they celebrated the 450th jubilee in June 1901.[5]


Lord Glasgow married Dorothea Elizabeth Thomasina Hunter Blair, (eldest daughter of Sir Edward Hunter Blair, 4th Baronet and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of George Wauchope), on 23 July 1873.[3] They had five sons and three daughters:[6]

Lord Glasgow died in December 1915, aged 82, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Patrick. The Countess of Glasgow died in January 1923.[1]


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Government offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Onslow
Governor of New Zealand
Succeeded by
The Earl of Ranfurly
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
George Boyle
Earl of Glasgow
Succeeded by
Patrick Boyle