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Boyle, family, Earls of Glasgow

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Date: 1210-2000
History:

The Boyle family was in possession of Kelburne (Ayrshire) by the 13th century, and acquired land in Buteshire (Cumbrae etc.) during the 16th century. The 1st Earl of Glasgow (1666-1733) acquired further Ayrshire property by marriage from the Mure family of Rowallan, but this later passed to the Campbell family, Earls of Loudon. Hawkhead (Renfrewshire) was acquired through the marriage of the 3rd Earl to Elizabeth, sister and eventual heir of the 13th Lord Ross, in 1755. A Northumberland estate, Etal, came from the Carr family through the first wife of the 4th Earl. The Crawford Priory (Fife) and Kilbirnie (Ayrshire) estates were inherited from a distant kinswoman, Lady Mary Lindsay-Crawford (d. 1832).

On the death of the 5th Earl in 1869 he was succeeded by his brother in the Scottish estates but by his sister, Lady Augusta FitzClarence, in the Etal estate. Hawkhead was sold c.1884, and the manuscripts rreported on by the Royal Commission were transferred to Crawford Priory. On the death of the 6th Earl in 1890 the earldom and the Ayrshire estates passed to a cousin, David Boyle of Shewalton, grandson of David Boyle, Lord Justice General, but Crawford Priory passed to the 6th Earl's daughter, Gertrude. She was the wife of the Hon. Thomas Cochrane, later Baron Cochrane of Cults, third son of the 11th Earl of Dundonald.

Some of the Lindsay muniments at Crawford Priory were transferred to the collection of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres.

Estates in 1883: Earl of Glasgow: 25,613 acres in Ayrshire; 5,625 acres in Fife; 4,579 acres in Renfrewshire; 1,833 acres in Buteshire and 175 acres in Dunbartonshire, worth a total of £34,588 a year. Boyle of Shewalton: 2,358 acres in Ayrshire, worth £2,708 a year.

Places:
  • Crawford Priory, Fife
  • Cumbrae, Buteshire
  • Etal, Northumberland
  • Fairlie, Ayrshire
  • Hawkhead, Renfrewshire
  • Howtel, Northumberland
  • Kelburne, Ayrshire
  • Kilbirnie, Ayrshire
  • Neilston, Renfrewshire
  • Rowallan, Ayrshire
  • Shewalton, Ayrshire
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections, A-K, 1996, p. 12
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F85312 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F8057 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
1392-20th cent: Ayrshire (Fairlie, Kelburne, Shewalton, etc) writs, rentals, accounts and estate corresp and papers, Buteshire (Cumbrae, etc) and misc Renfrewshire (Hawkhead, etc) writs and papers and Boyle family papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to National Register of Archives for Scotland
NRA 10152

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [9a]
2
c1210-20th cent: Ayrshire (Kilbirnie, etc), Fife (Crawford Priory, etc) and Renfrewshire (Hawkhead, etc) writs, rentals, accounts, estate corresp and papers and Boyle family papers c1210-20th cent, with misc writs and papers for Midlothian and West Lothian mainly 16th-18th cent and papers of the Cochrane family 19th-20th cent, etc
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
NRA 29330 Boyle

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [9b]
3
1491-1846: Kilbirnie (Ayrshire) writs and papers
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
4
1757-1782: Ayrshire (Kilbirnie, etc) rental
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [61g]
5
18th cent-19th cent: misc Fife (Crawford Priory, etc) estate and household papers
National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections
NRA 11004 Lindsay

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [61a]
6
1620-1867: Renfrewshire (Hawkhead and Neilston) rental 1752 and Boyle family, legal and financial papers 1620-1867, with Rowallan (Ayrshire) estate accounts 1743-45
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
NRA 32483 Tods

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [9c]
7
1819-1846: Hawkhead (Renfrewshire) library catalogues
National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [9g]
8
18th cent-19th cent: Northumberland (Etal, etc) deeds and papers
Northumberland Archives
See Accessions to Repositories 1984
9
1892-1918: misc Boyle family legal papers 1892-1918, incl letters of the 7th Earl to CG Shaw 1892-95
Ayrshire Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [9e]
10
1762-20th cent: Boyle family cartularies
Collection held privately: enquiries to National Register of Archives for Scotland
NRA 14949

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [9f]
11
1740-1796: corresp of the Hon Patrick Boyle of Shewalton
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [9d]
12
1811-1848: justiciary notebooks of David, Lord Boyle
National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [9h]
13
1850-1875: religious papers of the 6th Earl of Glasgow (1825-1890)
Dundee University Archive, Records Management and Museum Services
NRA 22376

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [9i]
14
1856-1863: further religious papers of the 6th Earl of Glasgow
Dundee University Archive, Records Management and Museum Services
NRA 33180

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [9i]

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