Pepys' description of Lady Anne Boyle Montagu (1625 - 1671) speaks volumes:
"My Lady Hinchingbroke I cannot say is a beauty, nor ugly; but is altogether a comely lady enough, and seems very good-humoured, ..."
"... my Lady Hinchingbroke I find a very sweet-natured and well-disposed lady, a lover of books and pictures, and of good understanding."
Anne is Robert Boyle FRS's niece, so despite the upheavals to her education during the Civil Wars, we should not be surprised that she was intelligent.
"They are very good condition, wise and chearfull people," mother-in-law Jemima Crew Montagu, Countess of Sandwich wrote just after the wedding. "She" (the bride) "hath a very fine free kind way of writing so have they all, something Mr. Boiles styll."1
1 Life of Edward Mountagu, K.G., First Earl of Sandwich, by F. R. Harris, vol. ii. p. 179.
Fourth child of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Burlington, 2nd Earl of Cork and Lady Elizabeth Clifford, 2nd Baroness Clifford
Wife of Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Sandwich
Edward Montagu, 3rd Earl of Sandwich
and Lord Richard Montagu,
Frances Boyle Dillon;
Sir Charles Boyle, 3rd Viscount Dungarvan;
Elizabeth Boyle Nicholas;
and Richard Boyle
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.