- Jennett Humphreys
- , revised by Dean Wilson
Boyd, Mark (1804/5–1879), author, born in Surrey, near the Thames, was the son of Edward Boyd, merchant, of Merton Hall, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, and his wife, Janet, daughter of Benjamin Yule of Wheatfield, Midlothian. He was a brother of Benjamin Boyd. He spent his childhood mainly on the Scottish estate, which was near the River Cree. Later he pursued an active business career in London, where he became the director of a Scottish insurance society, and an active promoter of the colonization of Australia and New Zealand. He travelled much in Europe and published an account in the London and Shetland Journal of a journey in the Orkney Isles in 1839. On 23 December 1848 he married Emma Anne, the widow of ‘Romeo’ Coates, who had been run over and killed in the previous February; she predeceased him.
Boyd was a minor author; in 1864 he published a pamphlet about Australia, where his brother had settled. This was followed by Reminiscences of Fifty Years (1871) and Social Gleanings (1875) the latter being written from Oatlands, Walton-on-Thames. He died at the Alexandra Hotel, Hyde Park, London (his home at the time), on 13 September 1879, aged seventy-four.
Wealth at Death
under £450: revoked probate, 12 Feb 1880, CGPLA Eng. & Wales
under £450: administration with will, 12 Feb 1880, CGPLA Eng. & Wales