Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of the first Earl of Shannon (1686-1764) 1720s

Stephen Slaughter 

Portrait of the first Earl of Shannon (1686-1764), Stephen Slaughter
Oil on canvas
18th Century
50 x 40 inches 127 x 101.2 cm
The Earls of Shannon
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In a family profuse with titles Henry Boyle was the grandson of the first Earl of Orrery and the great grandson of the Great Earl of Cork. He succeeded to his property in 1705, at the age of nineteen, and devoted himself to a career in Irish politics. He was Member of Parliament for Midleton from 1707-11, for Kilmallock from 1713-1715 and for County Cork from 1715-1756. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor on the 13th April 1733. On 4th October 1733 he was made Speaker of the House of Commons of Ireland, and on 19th November that year he was made Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was one of His Majesty's Lords Justices for Ireland on no fewer than nineteen occasions.

On his resignation of the Speakership of the House of Commons in 1756 he was granted a pension of 2,000 for thirty one years and raised to the peerage in that year as Baron of Castle Martyr, Viscount Boyle of Bandon and Earl of Shannon.
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