Mary Rich 1624-1678

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Mary BOYLE or RICH, Countess of Warwick 1624-1678

Biographical Note

Born at Cork, Ireland, daughter of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork (1566-1643). She married Charles Rich, 4th Earl of Warwick and lived at the earl's household at Leighs, Essex. Mary played an active role in her local community and donated much of her income to charitable causes.


Rich authored various spiritual and autobiographical works; her manuscript diaries, (British Library Add MS 27351-5) contain extensive references to her reading in her closet.

Characteristic Markings

None of her books have been identified.