David Boyle, Lord Boyle
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Lord President of Court of Session
In office
7 October 1841 – 5 May 1852
Preceded byLord Granton
Succeeded byLord Colonsay
Personal details
Born(1772-07-26)26 July 1772
Died30 January 1853(1853-01-30) (aged 80)
Resting placeDundonald, South Ayrshire

David Boyle, Lord Boyle FRSE (26 July 1772 – 4 February 1853) was a Scottish judge.


Boyle was born at Shewalton near Irvine on 26 July 1772, the son of Elizabeth Dunlop, daughter of Professor Alexander Dunlop.[1] and the Honorable Reverend Patrick Boyle of Shewalton (died 1874),[2] son of John Boyle, 2nd Earl of Glasgow. His father had inherited the Shewalton estate through his law lord uncle, Patrick Boyle, Lord Shewalton, who had never married.

He studied law at the University of St Andrews (1787) and then at the University of Glasgow (1789).[3]

He became an advocate in 1793 and rose to be Solicitor General. He was based at 41 George Street in Edinburgh.[4]

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayrshire from 1807 to 1811 and served as Solicitor General for Scotland during that period. In 1811 he was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice, with the judicial title Lord Boyle. He was Lord Justice Clerk from 1811 to 1841. He became a Privy Counsellor in 1820[1] and Lord Justice General from 1841 to 1852.

From 1815 to 1817 he served as Rector of the University of Glasgow.[3]

In 1833 his address was listed as 28 Charlotte Square at the west end of Edinburgh's New Town.[5]


Boyle married firstly, in 1804, Elizabeth Montgomery (died April 1822), daughter of Alexander Montgomery. They had several children, including Patrick Boyle, father of David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow; and Alexander Boyle, a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy.[6]

Boyle married secondly, in 1827, Catherine Campbell Smythe, daughter of David Smythe, Lord Methven.[2] Their children included George David Boyle, who became Dean of Salisbury. Boyle died on 4 February 1853, aged 80. His second wife died in December 1880.[1]

His daughter, Helen, married Charles Dalrymple Fergusson, Baronet of Kilkerran.

David Boyle inherited the family estate of Shewalton near Irvine, and was buried at Dundonald, South Ayrshire.[1]

The central pavilion on the south side of Charlotte Square, home of Lord Boyle
The central pavilion on the south side of Charlotte Square, home of Lord Boyle
Memorial to David Boyle at Dundonald.
Memorial to David Boyle at Dundonald.



  1. ^ a b c d Grant 1886.
  2. ^ a b c C D Waterston; A Macmillan Shearer (July 2006). "Former Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783–2002: Part 1 (A–J)" (PDF). Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 090219884X. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "BOYLE, David (1772-1853), of Shewalton, nr. Irvine, Ayr. | History of Parliament Online". historyofparliamentonline.org. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  4. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1810
  5. ^ "Edinburgh Post Office annual directory, 1832-1833". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Biography of Alexander Boyle R.N."