John Boyle (bishop)

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John Boyle (1563?-1620) was an English Protestant bishop in Ireland.


He was a native of Kent, son of Roger Boyle and Joan Naylor, and elder brother of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork,and was born about 1563. John Boyle obtained the degree of D.D. at Oxford, and became Rector of Elstree sometime between 1598-1611.[1] He was collated prebendary of Lichfield on 5 February 1611. Through the interest and pecuniary assistance of his brother the Earl of Cork, and other relatives, he was in 1617 appointed Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. His consecration took place in 1618. He died at Cork on 10 July 1620, and was buried at Youghal. There is a memorial in Preston church.[2]


  1. ^ J. T. Gilbert, ‘Boyle, John (1563–1620)’, rev. Judith Hudson Barry, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 18 Sept 2011
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