[Boyle monument in St Mary’s Church, Youghal]

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Pen and ink sketch of memorial of Sir Richard Boyle (1566-1643) in St Mary’s Church, Youghal, sculpted by Alexander Hills. The base with inscribed plaques is surmounted by an elaborate multi-tiered structure, where the Earl is shown reclining, surrounded by his mother, two wives and numerous children. Some details are coloured with red ink wash. The wording of the inscriptions is not fully legible in the image but is transcribed by Dineley in the accompanying text.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture
Geographical Location
  • St Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal - Named locality
  • Youghal - Town or city
  • Cork - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Children, Churches, Inscriptions, Men, Monuments & memorials, People, Prayer, Sculpture, Tombs & sepulchral monuments, Women
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 13.4 cm x 15.6 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Contributor(s)
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 225
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

From the aforesayd Richard Bennet & his wife Sr. Richard Boyle purchased the sayd Chappel and still keeps it in good repaire to conserve a fair monument of various colour’d marble and curious artifice erected to the memory of his and his honourable Lady’s family. Wherein the chiefest Figures lying at length are these two, First that in highest place represents the thrice vertuous lady Alice Fenton, daughter to the honourable Doctor Robert Weston, once one of the Lords Justices of the Kingdome of Ireland and for 6 yeers Lord Chancellor of the same: wife to Sir Geoffrey Fenton Knt, Principall Secretary of State in Ireland who served Queen Elizabeth and King James in that Quality 27 yeers, and mother to the lady Katherine Countess of Cork: she died the 29 of May 1631. Whose Effigies is made kneeling opposite to that of Sr Geoffries in that splendid monument erected by the Earle of Cork in St PATRICKS Church DUBLIN and which I have sketched off page.
The second principall Figure is that of Sr Richard Boyle Lord Boyle &c Earle of Cork, underneath the Arch leaning on a cushion on his left side in armour with his Robe of Peer, & his right hand upon the hilt of his sword.
Over his head are the Escutcheons Pedegree and Matches of his sons and daughters, which (being in that compass too small) I have described at large page [blank space] The Arches at his head and feet conteine his two Wives Joan the daughter & coheire of William Apsley Esqr. and the other of Katherine daughter of ye sd Sr Geoffrey Fenton, by whom he had issue 7 sons and 8 daughters. some of whose figures are described in the following monument in little. The Inscriptions of the monument at large are on the other side this leafe. [p. 224]

RICHARDUS BOYLE MILES DOMINUS BOYLE BARO DE YOGHALL VICE COMES DUNGARVAN COMES CORCAGIENSIS DOMINUS SUMMUS HUJUS REGNI HIBERNIAE THESAURARIUS ET DE PRIVATO CONSILIO DOMINI REGIS TAM ANGLIAE QUAM HIBERNIAE EX ENTIQUISSIMA BOYLORUM FAMILIA HEREFORDIENSI ORIUNDUS QUI PATREM HABUIT ROGERUM BOYLE ARMIGERUM MATREM ITIDEM GENEROSAM IOHANNAM NAYLERAM E SOLO CANTIANO PROFECTAM CUMDUAS SIBI INVICE IUNXISSET UXORES PRIMAM IOHANNAM FILIAM ET COHEREDEM GULIELMI APSLEY ARMIGERI NULLA SUPERSITE PROLE, ALTERAM PRAECLARE FOECUNDAM CATHARINAM NATAM DOMINI GALFRIDI FENTONI EQUITIS REGIE MAJESTATI HOC REGNO A SECRETIS POSTQUAM VARIOS PRO REPUBLICA CEPISSET LABORES NEC IMMERITOS HONORES CONSCENDISSET IPSE IAM SEPTUAGINTA SEPTEM ANNOS NATOS AC MORTE IN DIES IMMINENTEM EXPECTANS SIBI ET POSTERIS HOC POSUIT MONUMENTUM SACRUM MEMORIAE
IPSE DE SE SIC POSUI TUMULUM SUPEREST INTENDERE VOTIS PARCE ANIMAE, CARNEM SOLVITO, CHRISTE VENI

HIC IACET CORPUS REVERENDI PATRIS IOHANNIS BOYLE SACRAE THEOLOGIAE DOCTORIS EPISCOPI CORCAGIENSIS CLONENSIS ET ROSSENSIS AC FRATRIS MAIORIS NATU RICHARDI COMITIS CORCAGIAE &c. QUI OBIIT X DIE IULII AN. DOM. M.D.C.XX. AETAT. SUAE. L.

HAE ETIAM IACENT SEPULTAE ELIZABETHA ET MARIA BOYLE HAEC RICHARDI SMITH MILITIS ILLA PIERCII POWER ARMIGERI UXOR AMBAE SORORES PRAEDICTI RICHARDI DOMINI BOYLE CORCAGIAE COMITIS

HIC JACET PRAENOBILIS DAVID DNS BARRY PROCOMES BUTTEVANT PRIMUS COMES BARRYMORE COMMISSIONE REGINAE PRO GUBERNATIONE MOMONIAE PRIMO DESIGNATUS HEROS PRINCIPI ET CORONAE ANGLICANAE FIDELISSIMUS DE REPUBLICA DURANTE HIBERNICORUM REBELLIONE OPTIME MERENS VERAE QUE CHRISTIANAE RELIGIONIS CULTOR PRAECIPUUS QUI OBIIT XXIX DIE SEPT. MDCXLII ANNO AETATIS XXXVIII

At the bottom of these Inscripcons, is also the name of him who formed this Monument Thus.
ALEXANDER HILLS SCULPSIT.

The Device under the Armes in highest place of the Monument is thus
GODS PROVIDENCE IS OUR INHERITANCE.

[p. 225]
[image: Boyle monument]
The small Figures of the children have the time of their Births superscri{…} Thus
ROGERUS BOYLE NATUS XVII DIE AUGUSTI MDCIV
RICHARDUS BOYLE XX. DIE OCTOB. MDCXII
GALFRIDUS BOYLE X. DIE APRILIS MDCXVI. This is made leaning on a skull or deaths head.
LEWIS BOYLE NATUS XXIII DIE MAII M.DC.XIX
ALICIA BOYLE N. XX. MARTII M.DC.VII.
SARAH BOYLE N. XXIX MARTII M.D.C.
LETITIA BOYLE N. XXV APR. M.DC.X.
IOANA BOYLE N. XIV. IUNII MDCXI
KATHERINA BOYLE XXII MARTII M.DC.14
DOROTHEA BOYLE DECEMB M.DC.XV. [pp. 223-225]
Boyle monument in St Mary’s Church, Youghal