5th Earl of Cork and Orrery
Born 1707 Died 1762
John Boyle, the only son of the 4th Earl of Orrery, was born on the 2nd of January 1707. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and was led by indifferent health and many untoward accidents to cultivate in retirement his talents for literature and poetry. His translation of the Letters of Pliny the Younger, with various notes, for the use of his eldest son, was published in 1751. He also published Remarks on the Life and Writings of Jonathan Swift (1751), in several letters addressed to his second son, and Memoirs of Robert Carey, Earl of Monmouth, from the original manuscript, with preface and notes.
He died on the 16th of November 1762. His Letters from Italy appeared in 1774, edited, with memoir, by the Rev. J. Duncombe.
Extracted from the entry for CORK, EARLS OF in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, the text of which lies within the public domain.