The Hon. Robert Boyle

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth3.1736ref:676
First Known Service22.1.1748ref:898
A.K.A.Boyle Walsinghamref:676
FatherHenry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon (1682-1764)ref:676
MotherLady Henrietta Burlingtonref:676
WifeCharlotte Hanbury Williams - Married 17.7.1759ref:676
SonRichard (1762-1788)PEER
DaughterCharlotte [FitzGerald], Baroness de Ros of Helmsley (1769-1831)PEER
BrotherHenry (d.1757)PEER
BrotherWilliam (d.1748)PEER
BrotherCharles (d.1758)PEER
SisterJuliana [Butler] (c.1728-1804)PEER
BrotherRichard, 2nd Earl of Shannon (1728-1807)PEER
Last Known Service15.2.1780CSORN
Date of Death5.10.1780 - off San DomingoBWAS-1714
Cause of DeathDrowned in a HurricaneCSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
16.11.1754 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationRNLPC
23.3.1756 Lieutenant ADM 6/18/246CSORN
1757 Took the name Walsingham after the death of his brother.ref:676
16.2.1757 Commander ADM 6/18/357CSORN
16.2.17578.3.1757Crown (18), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/357ADM 6/18
8.3.175715.6.1757Badger (10), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 3/18/367ADM 6/18
15.6.1757 Captain ADM 6/18/410CSORN
15.6.17573.8.1757Jason (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/410BWAS-1714
3.8.175718.2.1760Boreas (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/425BWAS-1714
14.2.17587.12.1761Elected a Member of Parliament for KnaresboroughHPO
6.6.175827.7.1758The Siege of Louisbourg 
3.7.1759 Bombardment of Le Havre 
20.2.176127.4.1762Modeste (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/284ADM 6/19
17.7.1761 Action of 17th July 1761 
7.12.176118.3.1768Elected a Member of Parliament for FoweyHPO
7.1.176210.2.1762Operations against Martinique 
2.7.17627.2.1763Romney (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/421ADM 6/19
18.3.17685.10.1780Elected a Member of Parliament for KnaresboroughHPO
23.2.177815.2.1780Thunderer (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/371BWAS-1714
5.3.1778 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Societyref:676
27.7.1778 1st Battle of Ushant 
31.12.1779 Affair of Fielding and Bylandt 
15.2.17805.10.1780Thunderer (74), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714


ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
ref:898The Mid-eighteenth century navy from the perspective of captain Thomas Burnett and his peersAnne Byrne McLeodThesis
PEERThe Peerage dot comVariousWeb Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
HPOHistory of Parliament online Web Site
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive

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Posted by Brian on Thursday 15th of May 2014 17:03

The Gentleman's magazine. v.51 1781.
In October last in the West Indies, the Hon. Robert Boyle Walsingham, Captain of his Majesty's ship Thunderer, of 74 guns and 600 men, Colonel of Marines, only brother of the Earl of Shannon, etc.. He married one of the daughters and co-heiresses of the late Sir. Charles Hanbury Williams. His ship foundering, this unfortunate commander was lost, with all his officers and crew in the dreadful hurricane.

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