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Elizabeth Boyle (née Killigrew), Viscountess Shannon (1622–1680) was an English courtier, the daughter of Sir Robert Killigrew and sister of the wit and dramatist Thomas Killigrew. In 1639 Elizabeth married Francis Boyle (later Viscount Shannon), son of the Irish landowner Lord Cork (himself a friend of her stepfather), and later joined the royalist court-in-exile of Queen Henrietta Maria as a maid of honour — where she became one of the many mistresses of the queen's son, the future King Charles II; Elizabeth's daughter Charlotte, born , was fathered by the exiled Prince Charles.
Lady Shannon's illegitimate daughter, Charlotte Jemima Henrietta Boyle (alias fitzRoy; d. 1684), married firstly the playwright James Howard and in 1672 remarried William Paston, son of the Earl of Yarmouth. The poet Anne Killigrew was Elizabeth's niece; among her relatives Lady Shannon also numbered the politicians and playwrights Sir William Killigrew (her brother) and Roger Boyle, Earl of Orrery (a brother-in-law), and such luminaries as Robert Boyle, the physicist, and Lady Ranelagh (both siblings-in-law).