Earls of Glasgow (1703)

 

1st Earl of Glasgow, David Boyle, b.1666, a.1703, d.1733

 

Son of John Boyle of Kelburn (b.b.?, d.1685) and Marion Steuart. The name comes from Beauville near Caen in Normandy, and as with many other families which can derive their name from old French, a member of this family accompanied David I when he became King and was granted the lands of Kelburn in North Ayrshire. David Boyle attended the University of Glasgow and then served as a Member of Parliament for Bute from 1689 to 1699, and was Rector of the University of Glasgow in 1690. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1697 and shortly afterwards created 1st Lord Boyle of Kelburn, Stewartown, Finnick, Largs and Dalry (all towns in North Ayrshire). In 1703 he was created 1st Earl of Glasgow, 1st Lord Boyle of Stewartown, Cumbraes, Fenwick, Largs and Dalry and 1st Viscount Kelburn. He held the post of Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and was a Commissioner for the Union in 1707. He attended the House of Lords as a founding Representative Peer.

 

2nd Earl of Glasgow, John Boyle, b.1688, a.1733, d.1740

 

Son of the 1st Earl and Margaret Lindsay (b.?, d.1695), a grand-daughter of John Lindsay, 17th Earl of Crawford.

 

3rd Earl of Glasgow, John Boyle, b.1714, a.1740, d.1775

 

Son of the 2nd Earl and Helen Morison (b.?, d.1770). He served in the Scots Greys before succeeding to his fatherís titles. He later became High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

 

4th Earl of Glasgow, George Boyle, b.1765, a.1775, d.1843

 

Son of the 3rd Earl and Elizabeth Ross (b.?, d.1791), daughter of William Ross, 12th Lord Ross of Halkhead. He was a Representative Peer from 1790 to 1815, and created 1st Baron Ross of Hawkhead (from the title held by his maternal grandfather) in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. This gave his automatic rights to a seat in the House of Lords. He was also Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire from 1810 to 1820 and then of Ayrshire from 1820 to 1842. He served a term as Rector of the University of Glasgow and made a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 1830, he was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Hanoverian Order (GCH).

 

5th Earl of Glasgow, James Carr-Boyle, b.1792, a.1843, d.1869

 

Son of the 4th Earl and his first wife Lady Augusta Hay (b.?, d.1822), daughter of James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll.The name Carr was his wifeís motherís maiden name. He served in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Commander, and held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire. He married but had no children.

 

6th Earl of Glasgow, George Frederick Boyle, b.1825, a.1869, d.1890

 

Son of the 4th Earl and his second wife Julia Sinclair (b.?, d.1868), daughter of Sir John Sinclairn, 1st Baronet Sinclair of Ulbster. He held the post of Lord Clerk Register of Scotland. On his death, the barony became extinct.

 

7th Earl of Glasgow, David Boyle, b.1833, a.1890, d.1915

 

The 6th Earl having two daughters, a search was made of the extended family to find a male heir. The Reverend Patrick Boyle, younger brother of the 3rd Earl, married Elizabeth Dunlop (b.?, d.1832). Their son David Boyle (b.1772, d.1853) married Elizabeth Montgomerie (b.?, d.1822) (of the Montgomeries of Eglinton). Their son Patrick Boyle (b.1806, d.1874) married Mary Frances Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone (b.?, d.1880), daughter of Sir Robert Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone, 1st Baronet of Horn and Westhall. Their son became the next earl. David Boyle served in the Royal Navy, and also as an MP, JP and Deputy-Lieutenant of Ayrshire. In 1892 he was invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG). He served as Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of New Zealand from 1892 to 1897 and created 1st Baron Fairlie of Fairlie in Ayrshire, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, in 1897. He was also presented with Honorary Doctorates from the University of Glasgow and the University of Dublin.

 

8th Earl of Glasgow, Patrick James Boyle, b.1874, a.1915, d.1963

 

Son of the 7th Earl and Dorothea Elizabeth Thomasina Hunter-Blair (b.?, d.1923), daughter of Sir Edward Hunter-Blair, 4th Baronet Hunter-Blair of Blairquhan and Dunskey. He served in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Lieutenant in 1897 and Commander in 1909, and fought in the First World War, whence he was decorated with the Distinguished Service Order. He was later admitted into the Royal Company of Archers, and was Vice-Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire from 1942 to 1963.

 

9th Earl of Glasgow, David William Maurice Boyle, b.1910, a.1963, d.1984

 

Son of the 8th Earl and Hyacinthe Mary Bell (b.?, d.1977). Educated at Eton, he joined the Royal Navy in 1929 as a Midshipman, and reached the rank of Lieutenant in 1934. He fought in the Second World War and was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross. He reached the rank of Commander in 1945 and of Captain in 1952. He was also admitted into the Royal Company of Archers. In 1961 he was Aide-de-Camp to Queen Elizabeth II and gained the rank of Rear-Admiral. In 1963 he was made a Companion of the Bath.

 

10th Earl of Glasgow, Patrick Robin Archibald Boyle, b.1939, a.1984

 

Son of the 9th Earl and Dorothea Lyle (b.c.1914, d.2006), daughter of Sir Archibald Moir Park Lyle, 2nd Baronet. He was educated at Eton and the Sorbonne, and served in the Royal Naval Reserve, before entering the world of television as a producer and director. As well as 10th Earl, he is also 10th Lord Boyle of Stewartown, Cumbraes, Fenwick, Largs and Dalry, 10th Lord Boyle of Kelburn, Stewartoun, Finnick, Largs and Dalry, 10th Viscount Kelburn and 4th Baron Fairlie of Fairlie. He is also Chief of Clan Boyle.

 

 

The courtesy title for the heir is Viscount Kelburn.