Charles Boyle, 3rd Viscount Dungarvan

Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan, 3rd Baron Clifford, FRS (bapt. 12 December 1639 – 12 October 1694), was an English peer and politician. He was a member of a famous Anglo-Irish aristocratic family.

Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan
Baptised12 December 1639
Died12 October 1694
OccupationAristocrat, politician
Spouse(s)Lady Jane Seymour
Lady Arethusa Berkeley
ChildrenElizabeth Boyle, Countess of Barrymore
Mary Boyle, Duchess of Queensberry
Charles Boyle, 2nd Earl of Burlington
Henry Boyle, 1st Baron Carleton
Arabella Boyle, Countess of Shelburne
Arethusa Boyle-Vernon
Parent(s)Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Burlington
Lady Elizabeth Clifford

Early lifeEdit

Charles Boyle was the son of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Burlington, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Clifford, 2nd Baroness Clifford suo jure, and was styled with the courtesy title of Viscount Dungarvan from birth.


In 1663, Charles Boyle was called to the Irish House of Lords as Viscount Dungarvan and became a Fellow of the Royal Society the following year.

From 1670 to 1679, Charles was Member of Parliament for Tamworth in the British House of Commons, and then for Yorkshire from 1679 onward. In 1682, he purchased the original Chiswick House which was a Jacobean house owned by Sir Edward Wardour. The house was used as a summer retreat by the Boyle family from their central London residence, Burlington House. In 1689, he was called to the British House of Lords for the Barony of Clifford of Lanesborough, which had been created for his father in 1644.

On his mother's death in 1691, Charles inherited the Barony of Clifford. As he predeceased his father in 1694, his titles passed to his eldest son, Charles Boyle who succeeded his grandfather as the 2nd Earl of Burlington.

Personal life and deathEdit

On 7 May 1661, Charles Boyle had married Lady Jane Seymour (1637–1679), the fourth daughter of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset and his wife, Lady Frances Devereux. They had five children:

After the death of his wife Jane in 1679, Charles married Lady Arethusa Berkeley (1664–1743), daughter of George Berkeley, 1st Earl of Berkeley and Elizabeth Massingberd, in 1688, and they had one child:

  • Hon. Arethusa Boyle (1688–?), married James Vernon.

Charles Boyle died on 12 October 1694.

Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Swinfen
and John Ferrers
Member of Parliament for Tamworth
With: John Swinfen
Succeeded by
John Swinfen
and Thomas Thynne
Preceded by
Conyers Darcy
and Sir Thomas Slingsby, Bt.
Member of Parliament for Yorkshire
With: The Lord Fairfax of Cameron 1679–1685,
Sir John Kaye, Bt. from 1685
Succeeded by
Sir John Kaye, Bt.
and The Lord Fairfax of Cameron
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Boyle
Viscount Dungarvan
(writ of acceleration)

Succeeded by
Charles Boyle
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Richard Boyle
Baron Clifford of Lanesborough
(writ of acceleration)

Succeeded by
Charles Boyle
Preceded by
Elizabeth Boyle
Baron Clifford