Boyle, Robert (1627 -1691)

Robert Boyle, the great scientist and author of The sceptical chymist, was the youngest, and fifth surviving son of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork and his second wife Catharine, daughter of Sir Jeffrey Fenton. Educated at Eton and the University of Leyden, he travelled in France, Italy and Switzerland. He went to Oxford in 1654 and set up a laboratory, outside the University, and drew about him a number of senior members of the University who were interested in Chemistry. The Sceptical Chymist was the result of this period. At the Restoration he went to London, as did most of his associates. A founder member of the Royal Society, he gave great support to the translation of the Bible into foreign languages, was one of the patrons of the Welsh and Irish Bibles, and left a sum for a series of lectures defending Christianity to be known as the Boyle Lectures. He never married. The family library was sold in 1906 by the 10th Earl of Cork.

Boyne, William -1893)

William Boyne F.S.A. of Leeds was a collector of books on Yorkshire and a noted numismatist. Author of The Yorkshire Library: a bibliographical account of books on topography, tracts of the seventeenth century, and miscellaneous literature, relating to the County of York. London, 1869, Tokens issued in the seventeenth century in England, Wales and Ireland. London, 1858 and other books on tokens and coins. He died in Florence 18 November 1893. Part of his library was sold by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge 12 March 1867, his books & book prints 26 November 1868 and his Yorkshire library 11 December 1873.

Library Auction Details: Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge (12 March 1867), (26 November 1868), (11 December 1873)
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Title: Boyle, Robert (1627 - 1691) (Stamp 1)
Arms: Per bend embattled a martlet for difference
Crest: A sea lion's head erased
Helmet: Esquire
Dimensions (height x width): 115mm x 71mm
Heraldic Charges: per bend embattled, Heraldic Charges: sea lion's head
Boyne, William (Stamp 1) Title: Boyne, William (Stamp 1)
Arms: Four bars per pale the dexter or and purpure the sinister gules and argent (Boyne); Azure a fleece pendant from a chief sable charged with three mullets argent (City of Leeds)
Motto: Wat sal be sal
Dimensions (height x width): 63mm x 64mm
Heraldic Charges: bars (4), Heraldic Charges: chief, Heraldic Charges: fleece, Heraldic Charges: mullets (3)