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The name Boyle comes from the Norman town of Beauville near Caen. Richard Boyle married a daughter of Sir Robert Comyn. Six generations after Richard Boyle, John Boyle, his descendant, was killed at the Battle of Sauchieburn, fighting in support of James III of Scotland in 1488. The family estates were forfeited but his son, also called John, had them restored by James IV of Scotland.

When Elizabeth I was on the throne of England, the Boyles supported Mary, Queen of Scots.

During the 17th century the Boyles supported Charles I of England and they suffered hardships as a result. However, the family fortunes were later restored when John Boyle of Kelburn was elected as a Commissioner of Parliament. John's eldest son, David Boyle also became a Commissioner of Parliament and Privy Councillor. In 1699 David was raised to the Peerage as Lord Boyle of Kelburn. In 1703 he was created Earl of Glasgow. He was also one of the commissioners for the Treaty of Union. During the Jacobite rising of 1715 he was a staunch supporter of the British-Hanoverian government and even raised and armed troops at his own expense.

John Boyle, 3rd Earl of Glasgow followed a military career and he was wounded at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745 and later again at the Battle of Lauffeld in 1747. He was appointed Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and held the office for nine consecutive years.

The current chief of the clan and 10th Earl of Glasgow was a naval reserve officer and assistant TV director who succeeded his father in 1984. He resides in Kelburn Castle, which has been held by the family since the 13th century.

Clan Boyle Badge, Lowland Scottish Clan

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