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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 218

Boyle family papers

Collection consists of bound autograph manuscripts and manuscript transcripts of letters, compositions, and business and legal documents, chiefly by and about Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery (1676-1731), and his son, John Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork and Orrery (1707-1762). Contains documents related to other Boyle family members and their circle as well. Much of the collection concerns the family estates in Ireland and England.


  • 1657-1903

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


4.67 linear feet (38 volumes)

Biographical / Historical

Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery, was an English soldier, statesman, litterateur, and patron of the sciences. His son, John Boyle, 5th Earl of Orrery and Cork, was a writer and friend of Samuel Johnson, Alexander Pope, and Jonathan Swift; he produced a noted biography of the latter. Other members of the Boyle family, some of whose papers are represented here, were also active in various aspects British politics, humanities, and sciences.


Arranged alphabetically by main entry.

Physical Location

gen, f, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Widener Library, Harvard University. Received 1923-1924; no accession number.

Processing Information

Processed by Michael Austin, 2018.
Link to catalog
Boyle family. Boyle family papers, 1657-1903 (MS Eng 218): Guide.
Michael Austin
2018 June 19
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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