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Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, 4th Earl of Cork - Summary

Date of Birth: 25/04/1694

Date of Death: 03/12/1753

Gender: male

Nationality: English

Notable dates

  • Buried 15/12/1753

Occupation: Architect


Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork, was an architect and garden designer, a major landowner in Ireland and in England, and a great patron of the arts, active in the 18th century.

In England he had houses at Londesborough, in London's Piccadilly and at Chiswick. Boyle was born at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, England on 25 April 1694.  He died on 3 December 1753 at Chiswick and was buried in the family vault at Londesborough on 15 December 1753. Boyle is particularly noted for his patronage of William Kent and for his promotion of the revival of the Palladian style.


Colvin, Howard, A Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, 3rd edition (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995), pp. 147-152.

Kingsbury, Pamela Denman, ‘Boyle, Richard, third earl of Burlington and fourth earl of Cork (1694–1753)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008) <> [accessed 21 Nov 2008]

Further Reading:

Carre, Jacques, 'Lord Burlington's Garden at Chiswick', Garden History, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Summer, 1973), pp. 23-30.

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