Earl of Shannon

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Earldom of Shannon
Coronet of a British Earl.svg
COA of Boyle, Earl of Shannon.svg
Parted per bend embattled Gules and Argent, a crescent for difference
Creation date 17 April 1756
Monarch George II
Peerage Peerage of Ireland
First holder Henry Boyle
Present holder Richard Boyle, 10th Earl of Shannon
Heir presumptive Robert Francis Boyle
Remainder to Heirs male of the first earl's body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titles Viscount Boyle of Bandon
Baron of Castle Martyr
Baron Carleton
Former seat(s) Shannon Park
Castle Martyr
Armorial motto Vivit post funera virtus ("Virtue lives after death")
Spectemur agendo ("Let us be judged by our actions")
Henry Boyle, 1st 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.[1]

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.[1]

As of 2017, 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.[1]

The Honourable Sir Algernon Boyle, sixth son of the fifth Earl, was an admiral in the Royal Navy.[1]

The family seat was Castle Martyr (or Castlemartyr) in Castlemartyr, County Cork,[2] which was the ancient seat of the FitzGeralds.[3]

Earls of Shannon (1756)[edit]

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).

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  1. ^ a b c d Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 3579–3580. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1. 
  2. ^ Lodge, Edmund (1856). The Peerage of the British Empire. p. 495. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1849). A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. S. Lewis and Company. p. 294. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Masons bid farewell to a distinguished leader". Croydon Advertiser. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Earl Of Shannon Portraits at the City Assembly House". Irish Georgian Society. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 

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