David Boyle, 1st Earl of Glasgow
The Earl of Glasgow
|Scottish Representative Peer|
in the House of Lords
13 February 1707 – 21 September 1710
|Commissioner of the Parliament|
of Scotland for Bute
|Preceded by||James Stuart, 1st Earl of Bute|
|Succeeded by||William Stewart|
|Rector of the University of Glasgow|
|Preceded by||Robert Ramsay|
|Succeeded by||Sir John Maxwell|
David Boyle, esq.
Kelburn Castle, Fairlie, North Ayrshire, Scotland
|Died||31 October 1733|
Fairlie, North Ayrshire
(m. 1687; her death 1695)
(m. 1697; her death 1724)
|Children||John Boyle, 2nd Earl of Glasgow|
Lady Jean Boyle Mure
David Boyle was born circa 1666 at Kelburn Castle, Fairlie, in North Ayrshire, Scotland. He was the son of John Boyle of Kelburn (d. 1685), a Shire Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland for Bute, and Marion Steuart, daughter of Sir Walter Steuart of Allanton.
From 1689–1699, Boyle was the Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland from the Bute constituency. In 1697, he was invested as Privy Counsellor. He was Rector of Glasgow University from 1690–1691, as well as the last Treasurer-depute before the Union with England.
The Earl was a supporter of the Acts of Union, and after their passage, he sat as a Scottish representative peer from 1707 to 1710, serving alongside his first wife's nephew, John Lindsay, 19th Earl of Crawford (d. 1713). In Scotland, some claimed that union would enable Scotland to recover from the financial disaster wrought by the Darien scheme through English assistance and the lifting of measures put in place through the Alien Act of 1705 to force the Scottish Parliament into compliance with the Act of Settlement. As many Commissioners had invested heavily in the Darien Scheme, they believed that they would receive compensation for their losses of which Article 15 granted £398,085 10s sterling to Scotland, a sum known as The Equivalent, to offset future liability towards the English national debt, that was in essence used as a means of compensation for investors in the Company of Scotland's Darien Scheme. In total, £20,000 (£240,000 Scots) was dispatched to Scotland, of which £12,325, more than 60% of the funding, was distributed to Boyle and The Duke of Queensbury, the Commissioner in Parliament.
On 31 January 1699, he was raised to the Peerage of Scotland as Lord Boyle of Kelburn, Stewartoun, Cumbrae, Finnick, Largs and Dalry, with a special remainder to all of his heirs male whatsoever. On 12 April 1703, he advanced to the titles of Viscount of Kelburn and Earl of Glasgow, with a special remainder to all of his heirs male whatsoever.
On 19 April 1687, Margaret Lindsay-Crawford (1669–1695), daughter of the Hon. Patrick Crawford of Kilbirney (1646–1681), who was the second son of John Lindsay, 17th Earl of Crawford (c. 1598–1678) and the brother of William Lindsay, 18th Earl of Crawford (1644–1698). Together, they had:
- John Boyle, 2nd Earl of Glasgow (1688–1740), who married Helen Morison, daughter of William Morison of Prestongrange.
- Patrick Boyle (d. 1761), who did not marry.
- Charles Boyle, (1691/92–1770), who did not marry. He traveled to America and obtained a grant of land in Long Island, New York and later returned to England.
On 16 June 1697, Boyle married for the second time to Jean Mure (d. 1724), the daughter and heir of William Mure of Rowallan (d. 1700), who was the grandson of Sir William Mure of Rowallan (1594–1657). Before her death in 1724, they had three daughters, including:
- Lady Jean Boyle Mure of Rowallan (d. 1729), who married the Hon. Sir James Campbell (c. 1680–1745) the third and youngest son of James Campbell, 2nd Earl of Loudoun (d. 1684) and Lady Margaret Montgomerie, the daughter of Hugh Montgomerie, 7th Earl of Eglinton, in 1720.
Lord Boyle's grandson, John Boyle, 3rd Earl of Glasgow (1714–1775), succeeded his eldest son, the 2nd Earl, to his titles in 1740. He married Elizabeth Ross (1725–1791), daughter of George Ross, 13th Lord Ross
Lord Boyle's grandson, James Mure Campbell (1726–1786), succeeded to the estate of Rowallan, and later became the 5th Earl of Loudoun. James married Flora Macleod, daughter of John Macleod of Raasay, with whom he had Flora Mure-Campbell (1780–1840), his heir and the 6th Countess of Loudoun. She married Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings (1754–1826), in 1804.
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|Parliament of Great Britain|
| Scottish Representative Peer
in the House of Lords
|Parliament of Scotland|
The Earl of Bute
| Shire Commissioner for Bute
With: The Earl of Bute (to 1693)
William Stewart (from 1693)
| Rector of the
University of Glasgow
Sir John Maxwell of Nether Park
|Peerage of Scotland|
|New creation|| Earl of Glasgow