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Francis Hastings Doyle
Sir Francis Hastings Doyle (1810 - 1888), poet, belonged to a military family which produced several distinguished officers, including his father, who bore the same name. He was born near Tadcaster, Yorkshire, and 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.
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