Hugh Macauley Boyd

Life
1746-1794 [alt. McAuley]; b. Ballycastle, Co. Antrim; ed., St. John’s College, Cambridge, MA 1776; studied law in London; became prominent as political journalist, acquainted with Goldsmith, Garrick, Burke and Reynolds; secretary to Lord George Macartney, 1781; Master-Attendant at Madras; ed. Madras Courier and other Anglo-Indian journals; erroneously believed by some to be the author of the Junius Letters; d. Madras; L. D. Campbell edited a life of Boyd with some of his poems in 1798; Miscellaneous Works of Hugh Boyd appeared in 1800. RR ODNB PI DIW DUB OCIL

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Works
Miscellaneous Works of Hugh Boyd
, 2 vols. (London 1800).

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Criticism
See also Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica, Irish Worthies (1821), vol. I, p.124.

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References
Dictionary of National Biography avers that he was prob. ed. TCD; but note ODNB Corrig [Seventh Impression]: MA St John’s College, Cambridge, 1776.

D. J. O’Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); b. Ballycastle, 1746, d. Madras 1794, name also given as M’Aulay; ‘one of the writers supposed to be Junius’; cites Life of H.M.B., with some poems, ed. L. D. Campbell (London 1798); acc. to O’Donoghue his mother was an O’Boyd, but there is no evidence of this in Anglican church at Ballycastle, which is full of monuments to the Boyd family.

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Notes
Ethel Mannin in Two Portraits of Integrity (1954) cites Select Passages from the Fathers (Dublin 1814).

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