John Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork

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Letters from Italy, in the years 1754 and 1755 (1773)

John Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork and 5th Earl of Orrery, FRS (13 January 1707 – 16 November 1762) was a writer and a friend of Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson.

The only son of Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery, and his wife Lady Elizabeth Cecil (1687–1708), daughter of John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter. He was born at Westminster and attended Christ Church, Oxford. He published a translation of the letters of Pliny the Younger in 1751, and Remarks on the Life and Writings of Jonathan Swift in the same year, and the Memoirs of Robert Carey, 1st Earl of Monmouth. His Letters from Italy was published in 1773.[1]


He was married twice, first to Harriet, daughter of George Hamilton, Earl of Orkney and his wife Elizabeth Hamilton, nee Villiers.[2] He was succeeded as Earl of Cork by his son Hamilton, who died in 1764 and passed the earldom to John's next son, Edmund. Elizabeth, one of his daughters by his first wife, married Sir Thomas Worsley, 6th Baronet, and one of their children was Sir Richard Worsley, 7th Baronet.


  1. ^ Boyle, John (1773). Duncombe, John (ed.). Letters from Italy, in the years 1754 and 1755. Benjamin White.
  2. ^ Livingstone, N. (2015). The Mistresses of Cliveden. New York : Ballantine Books, p. 148.

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Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by Earl of Cork
Succeeded by
Preceded by Earl of Orrery