Hugh Macauley Boyd
1746-1794 [alt. McAuley]; b. Ballycastle, Co. Antrim; ed., St. Johns
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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Miscellaneous Works of Hugh Boyd, 2 vols. (London 1800).
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See also Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica, Irish Worthies (1821),
vol. I, p.124.
Dictionary of National Biography avers that he was
prob. ed. TCD; but note ODNB Corrig [Seventh Impression]: MA St Johns
College, Cambridge, 1776.
D. J. ODonoghue, The Poets
of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis &
Co 1912); b. Ballycastle, 1746, d. Madras 1794, name also given as MAulay;
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
ODonoghue his mother was an OBoyd, but there is no evidence
of this in Anglican church at Ballycastle, which is full of monuments
to the Boyd family.
Ethel Mannin in Two Portraits of Integrity (1954) cites Select
Passages from the Fathers (Dublin 1814).