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Roche, Sir Boyle, Bart

ROCHE, SIR BOYLE, BART. (1743-1807), Irish soldier and politician, famous for his " bulls," came of a branch of the family of the Viscounts Fermoy. He served in the American War, and sat in the Irish parliament from 1777 onwards, being created a baronet in 1782 for his loyalty to the government. He supported the Union, and one of his recorded " bulls " many, however, being only fastened on him was his declaration that he would have " the two sisters " (England and Ireland) " embrace like one brother." Sir Boyle Roche was a characteristically witty and genial Irishman, and was master of the ceremonies at Dublin Castle.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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