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Sir Francis Hastings Doyle (1810–1888) was a British poet,

Doyle was born near Tadcaster, Yorkshire, to a military family which produced several distinguished officers, including his father, who bore the same name. He was educated at Eton and Oxford.

Studying law, he was called to the Bar in 1837, and afterwards held various high fiscal appointments, becoming in 1869, Commissioner of Customs. In 1834 he published Miscellaneous Verses, followed by Two Destinies (1844), Oedipus, King of Thebes (1849), and Return of the Guards (1866).

He was elected in 1867 Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Doyle's best work is his ballads, which include The Red Thread of Honour, The Private of the Buffs, and The Loss of the Birkenhead. In his longer poems his genuine poetical feeling was not equalled by his power of expression, and much of his poetry is commonplace.[1]

Doyle's daughter Mary married Charles Carmichael Lacaita, MP and botanist.[2]


  1. ^ John William Cousin A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature (1910) London, J. M. Dent & sons; New York, E. P. Dutton.
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886

This article incorporates public domain text from : Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London, J. M. Dent & Sons; New York, E. P. Dutton.

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