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JOHN BOYLE

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 156 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN BOYLE, 5th earl of Cork and Orrery (1707-1762), only son of the 4th earl of Orrery,•was born on the 2nd of January 1707. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and was led by indifferent health and many untoward accidents to cultivate in retirement his talents for literature and poetry. His translation of the Letters of Pliny the Younger, with various notes, for the use of his eldest son, was published in 1751. He also published Remarks on the Life and Writings of Jonathan Swift (1751),in several letters addressed to his second son, and Memoirs of Robert Carey, earl of Monmouth, from the original manuscript, with preface and notes. He died on the 16th of November 1762: His Letters from Italy appeared in 1774, edited, with memoir, by the Rev. J. Duncombe. The earldom continued in later years in the Boyle family, being held in 1909 by the loth earl (b. 1861). The wife of the 7th earl (see CORK AND ORRERY, MARY, COUNTESS OF) was a famous figure in society in the, early 19th century.
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