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The Earls of Cork are an aristocratic family in Ireland and Britain.


Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork (1566-1643), known as the "Great Earl", was born in Canterbury and educated at Cambridge. He married an Irish heiress and bought large estates in Ireland. One of his sons was Robert Boyle, a physicist and chemist. Another was Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, a statesman and a writer.


Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Cork (1612-1698), known as the "Rich Boyle". Married Elizabeth Clifford, daughter of the 5th Earl of Cumberland and descendant of Edward III[?]. His son Richard Boyle died in 1665 in the Battle of Solebay[?], and another son, Charles Boyle, married Jane Seymour, a descendant of Henry VII.
Charles Boyle, 3rd Earl of Cork (before 1674-1703) was the grandson of the 2nd Earl. He married Juliana Noel.
Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, 4th Earl of Cork (1694-1753), was an architect who published Andrea Palladio's designs of Ancient Roman architecture. He was known as Lord Burlington. Chiswick House was designed by the 4th Earl and William Kent. His daughter Charlotte Boyle married William Cavendish, the 4th Duke of Devonshire.
Richard Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork and of Orrery (1707-1762), was a writer and a friend of Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson.



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