Elizabeth Clifford Boyle, Countess of Burlington and Cork (1613-1698), was probably a feisty woman in her day. Her husband, Richard Boyle, was Lord Dungarven when they wed in 1635. As such, Lady Dungarven attended the Great Tew meetings held at Lucius Cary's house near Oxford before 1639, and would have known Edward Hyde and Edmund Waller and many more of the Anglican thinkers of the day. She was friends with Lady Sophia Murray/Moray (they are thought to have been couriers for King Charles during the early days of the Civil War). Her sister-in-law, Katherine Boyle Jones, Viscountess Ranelagh was also a participant.
This is all quite understandable; as a Clifford, her grandfather was a Cecil, so being a Royalist, an intellectual and a spy was in her blood.
At this point in her life, she is the mother of six and living in Burlington House (next door to Clarendon House), married to Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Burlington and 2nd Earl of Cork, and a financier of Charles II's exploits.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.