Earl of Shannon
|Earldom of Shannon|
Parted per bend embattled Gules and Argent, a crescent for difference
|Creation date||17 April 1756|
|Peerage||Peerage of Ireland|
|First holder||Henry Boyle|
|Present holder||Henry Boyle, 10th Earl of Shannon|
|Heir presumptive||Robert Francis Boyle|
|Remainder to||Heirs male of the first earl's body lawfully begotten|
|Subsidiary titles||Viscount Boyle of Bandon|
Baron of Castle Martyr
|Former seat(s)||Shannon Park|
|Motto||Vivit post funera virtus ("Virtue lives after death")|
Spectemur agendo ("Let us be judged by our actions")
Earl of Shannon is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1756 for the prominent Irish politician Henry Boyle, who served as Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and as Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer. The earldom is named after Shannon Park in County Cork.
The first Earl was made Viscount Boyle, of Bandon, and Baron Castle Martyr at the same time, also in the Peerage of Ireland. Lord Shannon was the second son of Henry Boyle, second son of Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, third surviving son of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork. He was succeeded by his son, the second Earl. He served as Master-General of the Ordnance for Ireland and as Vice-Treasurer for Ireland. In 1786 he was created Baron Carleton, of Carleton in the County of York, in the Peerage of Great Britain. This title gave him and the later Earls an automatic seat in the British House of Lords. The third Earl, son of the second, notably served as Lord Lieutenant of County Cork. On his death the titles passed to his son, the fourth Earl, who briefly represented County Cork in the House of Commons.
As of 2019[update], the titles are held by the fourth Earl's great-great-great grandson, the tenth Earl, who succeeded his father in 2013.
Earls of Shannon (1756)
- Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon (1686–1764)
- Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Shannon (1728–1807)
- Henry Boyle, 3rd Earl of Shannon (1771–1842)
- Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon (1809–1868)
- Henry Bentinck Boyle, 5th Earl of Shannon (1833–1890)
- Richard Henry Boyle, 6th Earl of Shannon (1860–1906)
- Richard Bernard Boyle, 7th Earl of Shannon (1897–1917)
- Robert Henry Boyle, 8th Earl of Shannon (1900–1963)
- Richard Bentinck Boyle, 9th Earl of Shannon (1924–2013)
- Richard Henry John Boyle, 10th Earl of Shannon (born 1960), known as Harry Boyle
The heir presumptive is the present holder's second cousin, Robert Francis Boyle (born 1930).
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Richard Bentinck Boyle, 9th Earl of Shannon