I promise not to bore you with any more Thursday Doors from St. Mary’s Collegiate Church after this. There were far too many to add to last week’s post so I saved some for this week. These photos are of the door to Boyle’s Chapel, situated inside the Church. Richard Boyle, one of the most successful men of his time, purchased Sir Walter Raleigh’s estates in Youghal. He was born in Canterbury in 1566 and arrived in Ireland in 1588 with few possessions, but great ambitions.
I’m sorry I didn’t get a better shot of this very elaborate monument in Boyle’s Chapel but I couldn’t stand far enough away to get all of it in the picture. It shows him reclining with his first and second wives, Joan Apsley and Katherine Fenton, on either side of him. Boyle’s mother Joan Naylor is placed above (top of image). Some of his of 16 children are portrayed keeling in a row in front of him. His first wife died in childbirth and is represented with a baby at her feet.
Boyle died in 1643 and was buried here with his mother – but not his wives. His second wife bore him 15 children before she expired at the age of 42. Of his eight daughters, seven married noblemen and four of his seven sons were ennobled in their father’s lifetime. The most notable of his offspring was Robert Boyle, the natural philosopher and author of Boyle’s Law.
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