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The Hon. Robert Boyle


NationalityBritish 
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 Examination ADM 107/4/283RNLPC
23.3.1756 LieutenantCSORN
1757 Took the name Walsingham after the death of his brother.ref:676
16.2.1757 CommanderCSORN
16.2.17578.3.1757
Crown (18) 1747-1770
British 18 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/357
ADM 6/18
8.3.175715.6.1757
Badger (10) 1745-1762
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 3/18/367
ADM 6/18
15.6.1757 CaptainCSORN
15.6.17573.8.1757
Jason (44) 1747-1763
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/410
BWAS-1714
3.8.175718.2.1760
Boreas (28) 1757-1770
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/425
BWAS-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 
20.2.176127.4.1762
Modeste (64) 1759-1800
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/284
ADM 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 
2.7.17627.2.1763
Romney (50) 1762-1804
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/421
ADM 6/19
18.3.17685.10.1780Elected a Member of Parliament for KnaresboroughHPO
23.2.177815.2.1780
Thunderer (74) 1760-1780
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/371
BWAS-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 
15.2.17805.10.1780
Thunderer (74) 1760-1780
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore
BWAS-1714


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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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