Patrick James BOYLE, 8th Earl of Glasgow

Regiment:               Royal Navy  

Rank & Number:

18 June 1874; 7 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh  

                        14 December 1963; Kelburn Castle, Fairlie  

                      Mentioned In Despatches; Distinguished Service
                                Brother of The Hon. James, The Hon. John, and
                                The Hon. Alan Boyle

, was born 18 Jun 1874 at 7 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, to parents David, 7th Earl of Glasgow, and Dorothea Elizabeth Thomasina Hunter Blair (who married on 23 July 1873).  He succeeded to the title 8th Earl of Glasgow on 13 Dec 1915 on the death of his father.  

He died on 14 Dec 1963 at Kelburn Castle, Fairlie, aged 89, and is buried in Largs Cemetery.  The inscription reads “Patrick James Boyle, 8th Earl of Glasgow, D.S.O., Captain, Royal Navy 18/6/1874-14/12/1963; most loving husband of Hyacinthe, Countess of Glasgow 20 Apr 1881-2 Jul 1977, who also lies here”.  

On 29 May 1906 at St. Mary’s Church, Blechingley, Surrey, he married Hyacinthe Mary Bell.  They had five children (David William Maurice, Grizel Mary, Hersey Margaret, Patrick James and Margaret Dorothea).  

In the 1881 Census, aged 6, he is living at Maybole Road, Ayr, with parents David (47, b. Edinburgh, Captain (retd.) RN), Dorothea E.T.H. (30, b. Edinburgh) and siblings Edward George (5), Augusta Helen (4), Alice Mary (3), Dorothy Montague (2) and James (1).

Portrait of the 8th Earl in Kelburn Castle.  According to Kelburn Tours, “He was a rather impatient type of person and the thought of sitting for hours on end for the artist to do his work was too much for him.  The Earl sat just long enough for the head to be done and then took off, leaving the butler to sit for the rest of the painting!”


Entered service at H.M.S. Britannia (Royal Naval College) on 15 Jan 1888; gained the rank of Lieutenant on 22 Jun 1897 and Commander on 31 Dec 1908.  Named in the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour in December 1914 (Kelburn, Commander Viscount, RN, Fairlie Craig, Fairlie/HMS Pyramus).  At the outbreak of war he was in command of H.M.S. Pyramus which took part in the capture and destruction of the German cruiser Konigsberg in German East Africa in Jul 1915. He transferred to command H.M.S. Amethyst in Oct 1916, and retired with the rank of Captain on 19 Jun 1919.  He received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals, was mentioned in despatches, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for services during landing operations in the Persian Gulf in Aug 1915.

Ships          Northumberland (1896);                  
                  Imperious (1900);                   
                  Empress of India;                   
                  Alacrity (1901-1911);                   
                  Argyll (1905);                   
                  Victor Emanuel;                   

                                                                                   With the band of HMS Cochrane 

The Glasgow Herald, 16 December 1963

The Earl Of Glasgow; Former Convener of Ayr County Council:  The Earl of Glasgow died on Saturday at his home, Kelburn Castle, Fairlie, Ayrshire.  He was aged 89.    
Patrick James Boyle, eighth Earl of Glasgow, was born in 1874, and succeeded to the earldom in 1915 on his father’s death.  He adopted the Royal Navy as a career, and in doing so followed the example of his father, who spent 32 years in the service.   
As Viscount Kelburn, the eighth Earl served in H.M.S. Ophir when King George V and Queen Mary, then Duke and Duchess of York made their tour round the world early in this century.  A diamond and enamel scarf-pin with the initials G. and M. was among the wedding presents he received when, in 1906, he married Hyachinthe Mary, fourth daughter of the late William Abraham Bell, of Pendell Court, Bletchingley, Surrey.  There were five children of the marriage, of whom three are living.   
Lord Kelburn had reached the rank of commander when war broke out in 1914.  In July 1915, his ship, the Pyramus, took part in the capture and destruction of the German light cruiser Konigsberg in the Rufigi River, German East Africa, in a position which renedered attack most difficult.  His work during landing operations in the Persian Gulf a month later won for him the Distinguished Service Order, and he was also mentioned in dispatches.  He retired from the Navy in 1919 with the rank of Captain.   
Public Life:  Lord Glasgow took a conscientious part in public life in the West of Scotland.  He served for many years on Ayrshire County Council, being at different times its convener and vice-convener.  He was a Deputy Lieutenant of the country and served for a time as Vice-Lieutenant.  He was a brigadier in the Royal Company of Archers.   
In politics Lord Glasgow was deeply and sincerely Conservative.  At the end of the First World War he was in Vladivostok and saw something of the far-reaching effects of the Russian Revolution; and throughout his public life he never swerved from a rigid hostility towards Communism.  This led him, in 1924, to join the infant British Fascist organisation, of which he became for a short time vice-president; but its development into a revolutionary movement soon repelled him.  In his own county and in the House of Lords, where he frequently spoke, he stood stoutly for Church and State, and was a warm champion of old-fashioned education, country life and the decent, simple virtues of the traditional Scottish character.  Even among those who did not share his straightforward views his sincerity and uprightness were always respected.  In his last years he bore recurrent illness with notable courage and cheerfulness.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-

9 January 1915          

Commander Viscount Kelburn, HMS Pyramus, in a letter dated Singapore, received by the Countess of Glasgow this week, asks to be remembered to all his friends at and about Fairlie, and congratulates the village on so many of their young men having gone to serve their country.  He sends his best wishes for their safe return.  

27 November 1915     
DSO For Viscount Kelburn:  In the London Gazette of Friday last, in a list of war honours conferred on the Royal Navy, appears the name of Commander Patrick James Boyle, Viscount Kelburn, who has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his services during the landing operations in the Persian Gulf in August, 1915.  Viscount Kelburn is the eldest son of the Earl of Glasgow and is Deputy Lieut. Of the County of Ayr.  He was born in 1874 and was gazetted Lt. RN in 1897, and Commander in 1909.  He is married to a daughter of Mr. W.S. Bell of Pendell Court, Bletchingley and has one son and two daughters.  

27 November 1915     
Great satisfaction was occasioned in the village when it became known that the King had conferred the DSO on Commander Viscount Kelburn, R.N.  The gallant Viscount has rendered yeoman service to his country since the outbreak of the war in various parts of the world, and details of his latest achievements in the Persian Gulf are eagerly awaited.  

21 October 1916        
Commander the Earl of Glasgow, R.N., D.S.O., arrived at Fairlie on Monday.  His Lordship, who has just been transferred to the command of H.M. Amethyst, leaves shortly to take up new duties.  
20 June 1918
Commander the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Glasgow, D.S.O., arrived at Kelburn on Saturday morning, and was present, along with the Countess, at the Red Cross fete at Fairlie House in the afternoon.  
14 September 1918    
Captain The Hon. The Earl of Glasgow, R.N., who has been enjoying a well earned rest at Kelburn left on Tuesday night en route for somewhere in Russia to fill an important position there.  

1 November 1919       
The Earl of Glasgow left for London on Tuesday where he will take his seat for the first time in the House of Lords.  

6 December 1919       
The Comrades of the Great War concert, held last Friday evening, was in every way a great success.  The Right Hon. The Earl of Glasgow was chairman, and in opening spoke of the good work the Comrades had done all over the country amongst ex-service men, and wished hearty success to all the efforts of the Fairlie Post.  The programme consisted of songs and variety, including a ventriloquist turn, all of which were greatly appreciated and heartily encored by a crowded audience.  At the close the Earl of Glasgow proposed a vote of thanks to the artists, all of whom had given their services free in the interests of the Comrades.  The meeting closed with a vote of thanks most heartily awarded to the chairman on the motion of the Rev. D.C.C. Gollan.

Extracts from other newspapers:-  

Evening Telegraph, 4 April 1906        
Scottish Viscount Engaged; Betrothed To American Lady:  The engagement is announced from New York of Viscount Kelburne to Miss Hyacinthe Bell, daughter of a well-known Colorado millionaire.    Viscount Kelburne is the eldest son and heir of the Earl of Glasgow.  He is in his thirty-second year, and has served as a lieutenant in the navy, in which his father before him saw considerable fighting in the Crimean and Chinese wars. Lord Kelburne came into prominence a few years ago by jumping from his torpedo boat to rescue a man who had fallen overboard.  The name of the heir is derived from the fine old castle of Kelburne, where the Earl of Glasgow usually resides.  . . . . . . . .     

Surrey Mirror, 1 June 1906  
Marriage Of Lord Kelburne And Miss Bell; Brilliant Society Function; Blechingley En Fete:  One would have to go far back into the long history of Blechingley to find a parallel to the scene which the picturesque old village presented on Tuesday afternoon, when Lieutenant Viscount Kelburne, R.N., of his Majesty’s ship, “Renown”, eldest son of the Earl and Countess of Glasgow, was married at St. Mary’s Church to Miss Hyacinthe Mary Bell, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Bell, of Pendell Court, and S. Park-street, London.  . . . . . . . .   The best man was the Hon. James Boyle, brother of the bridegroom; and the groomsmen were the Hon. John and Alan Boyle, brothers of the bridegroom; . . . . . . . .  

Surrey Mirror, 4 June 1909
County Jottings:  Commander Viscount Kelburne, R.M., who has been enjoying several months leave since his promotion to his present rank, has been appointed to H.M.S. Argyll.  Lord Kelburne sailed for Gibraltar in the Argyll last week.  Lady Kelburne (nee Miss Hyacinthe Mary Bell) remains meanwhile in London.   Dundee Courier, 19 November 1910 Queen Mary has sent to the Hon. David Maurice Boyle, her first godson since her succession as Queen-Consort, a very beautiful silver cup, inscribed with his name and the worlds, “From his godmother, Mary Regina.”  This favoured baby is with his mother, Viscountess Kelburn, at Gibraltar, where Lord Kelburn’s ship is stationed.   Dundee Courier, 20 November 1915  British Naval Heroes; Are Rewarded By The King:   The King has given orders for the appointment of the undermentioned officers to be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order:-    Commander Patrick James Boyle, Viscount Kelburn, R.N., for services during landing operations in the Persian Gulf in August, 1915.  

Aberdeen Journal, 12 October 1916 
Naval And Military Appointments; The Navy:  Admiralty, Wednesday: Comdr. the Earl of Glasgow, D.S.O., to Amethyst – to date Oct. 10  

Evening Telegraph, 15 January 1929

To Visit Dundee; The Earl of Glasgow:  The Earl of Glasgow is coming to Dundee this week-end, and is to be one of the speakers at the concert in the Caird Hall on Saturday night to celebrate the coming of age of the Boy Scout movement.   
Lord and Lady Glasgow have spent little of their time in Scotland since they went to live at San Jean de Luz seven years ago, but this winter they have been residing in Edinburgh, having taken one of the nicest houses in the West End. 
The family seat, Kelburn Castle, in Ayrshire, is near Fairlie, famous for its yacht-building.  The castle has been let furnished for a number of years, and when the family did visit there they stayed at Fairlie Craig, a smaller house.   
A retired naval captain, Lord Glasgow was lieutenant in the Renown, which carried the King and Queen to India when they were Prince and Princess of Wales.  He was also on the Ophir when they made their colonial tour.  He and Lady Glasgow are highly esteemed by Their Majesties, and the Queen was sponsor to their heir, Lord Kelburn, who was born four years after their marriage in 1906. In addition to Viscount Kelburn, who is 18 and among the most promising of Eton boys, there are another son and three daughters. 
Lady Grizel, the eldest girl, is 15, and is a pupil at Westonhirst, the new school for girls in Gloucestershire that is presided over by a Scots woman.   
The Earl of Glasgow, who succeeded his father in 1915, was born at Edinburgh in June 1874.  Like his father, he entered the Royal Navy, and was on active service during the Great War.  He was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order for serving during the landing operations in the Persian Gulf.  As Commander of H.M. Pyramus he was mentioned in the official despatch describing the destruction of the German cruiser Konigsberg  

Evening Telegraph, 18 June 1935   
Earl of Glasgow 61 Today:  The Earl of Glasgow, who celebrates his 61st birthday today, is one of the most distinguished naval officers in the Peerage and, as Viscount Kelburn, was in command of the cruiser Pyramus at the outbreak of the war.  The Pyramus was on the New Zealand station at the time, and took a prominent part in the capture of the German colony at Samoa.   
Lord Glasgow was a lieutenant in H.M.S. Renown, which carried the King and Queen to India when they were Prince and Princess of Wales.  He and Lady Glasgow are among the intimate friends of Their Majesties, and the Queen was sponsor to their heir, Lord Kelburn, who attained his majority some years ago.  In 1933 Lord Glasgow started the novel venture of a tearoom on his Clyde estate above Largs, and in this he had the assistance of his two elder daughters, Lady Grizel Wolfe-Murray and Lady Hershey Boyle.  

Pictures Courtesy Lord Glasgow

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