Monday, 29 November 2021

The Boyd Baronetcy


The family of BOYD is of very great antiquity in Scotland, and the similarity between its armorial bearings, and those of the Stewarts, has given ground for conjecture that it branched from that royal and unfortunate stock.

THE HON ALEXANDER BOYD, of Portencross, Ayrshire, second son of William, 1st Earl of Kilmarnock, whose descendant, in the fifth degree,

JOHN AUGUSTUS BOYD, wedded, in 1717, Lucy, daughter of Judge Peters, of the island of Saint Christopher (Saint Kitts), by whom he had an only son,

JOHN BOYD (1718-1800), of Danson Park, Kent, who married firstly, in 1749, Mary, daughter of William Bamstead, of Upton, Warwickshire, and had issue,
JOHN, his heir;
Augustus, died young, 1772;
Elizabeth, b about 1751.
He espoused secondly, in 1766, Catherine, daughter of the Rev John Chapone, and had further issue,
James, b 1767;
Sarah, b 1768.
Mr Boyd was created a baronet in 1775, designated of Danson.

Sir John was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR JOHN BOYD, 2nd Baronet (1750-1815), of Danson Park, MP for Wareham, 1780-84, who married, in 1784, Margaret, fifth daughter of the Hon Thomas Harley, of Berrington, Herefordshire, fourth son of Edward, 3rd Earl of Oxford, and had issue,
JOHN, his successor;
Augustus, b 1788, died young;
Sir John was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR JOHN BOYD, 3rd Baronet (1786-1855), who wedded, in 1818, Harriet, second daughter and, in her issue, heiress of HUGH BOYD, of Ballycastle, County Antrim, by whom he had issue,
JOHN AUGUSTUS HUGH, his successor;
FREDERICK, 6th Baronet;
Henrietta, m 1850, General Brook Taylor, Canada.
Sir John was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR JOHN AUGUSTUS HUGH BOYD, 4th Baronet (1819-57), who espoused, in 1850, Honora Mary, third daughter of Charles Biggs Calmady, of Langdon Court, Devon, and had issue,
HARLEY HUGH, his successor;
Catherine Emily.
Sir John, who entered the Royal Navy in 1832, was present, in 1840, at the taking of Saint Jean d'Acre, and assisted in planting the Ottoman flag on the ramparts of Haifa; he became a lieutenant in 1845.

He was succeeded by his only son,

SIR HARLEY HUGH BOYD, 5th Baronet (1853-76), who died off Saint Helena on board the "Teuton," and was succeeded by his uncle,

THE REV SIR FREDERICK BOYD, 6th Baronet (1820-89), of Danson Park, Kent, and THE MANSION, Ballycastle, County Antrim, who wedded firstly, in 1864, Katharine Mary, only child of Henry William Beauclerk and the Lady Katherine Frances Ashburnham, and had issue,
He married secondly, in 1872, Alice Emily Barbara, only daughter of the Rev Heneage Drummond.

Sir Frederick died in 1889 without male issue, when the baronetcy expired.

His only child, Miss Kathleen Isabel Boyd (1865-1944), continued to live at the manor house in Ballycastle until her death.

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