John Boyle, 15th Earl of Cork

The Right Honourable
The Earl of Cork and Orrery
Personal details
Born John Richard Boyle
(1945-11-03) 3 November 1945
Nationality British
Political party Crossbencher
Spouse(s) Hon. Rebecca Juliet Noble

John Richard Boyle, 15th Earl of Cork and 15th Earl of Orrery (born 3 November 1945) is a British hereditary peer and a member of the House of Lords, where he sits as a Crossbencher. Boyle was an officer in the Royal Navy before inheriting his titles in 2003.

Royal Navy

Boyle entered the Royal Navy and graduated from Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. In 1976, as a Lieutenant-Commander, he was given the command of HMS Sealion.[1]


Boyle was first styled as Viscount Dungarvan as a courtesy title from 1995 following his father inheriting the earldoms. He inherited the title of Earl of Cork and Orrery following the death of his father, John Boyle, 14th Earl of Cork on 14 November 2003.[1] He was elected to sit in the House of Lords at a crossbench hereditary peers' by-election in July 2016, following Lord Bridges ceasing to be a member of the House owing to his non-attendance of the House,[2] a provision that was created following the passage of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.[3] He defeated Richard Hubert Gordon Gilbey, 12th Baron Vaux of Harrowden by 15 votes to 8 in a vote of all sitting crossbench hereditary peers.[4] Though his Irish titles came from the Peerage of Ireland, which does not make him eligible for election, he also holds the title of Baron Boyle of Marston in the Peerage of Great Britain[1] which allowed him to stand in the by-election for hereditary peers.[5] In the House of Lords, he is by courtesy referred to by his higher ranking Irish titles as Earl of Cork and Orrery despite being elected via his barony.[5]

Personal life

The Earl of Cork and Orrery was educated at Harrow School.[1] He is married to Rebecca Juliet née Noble, daughter of Michael Noble, Baron Glenkinglas. They have three children.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "John Richard Boyle, 15th Earl of Cork". The Peerage. 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  2. "Lord Bridges". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  3. "House of Lords Reform Act 2014". 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  4. Crossbench hereditary peers' by-election, July 2016
  5. 1 2 "The Peerage of Ireland". Cracroft's peerage. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Boyle
Earl of Cork
Earl of Orrery
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Boyle
Baron Boyle of Marston
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