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D’Oyley, Edwardlocked

(1617–1675)
  • Stephen Saunders Webb

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D’Oyley, Edward (1617–1675), founder of English Jamaica, was born at Albourne, Wiltshire, England, the second son of John D’Oyley and Lucy Nicholas. D’Oyley’s was “no inconsiderable family, but persecuted these many years for the cause of religion.” Their puritanism was no bar to an advantageous marriage, however, and D’Oyley was to rely upon his namesake, Sir Edward Nicholas, secretary of state to both Charles I and Charles II, for protection and promotion. D’Oyley’s puritanism took him from his legal education at the Inns of Court to join the parliamentary army in 1642. By 1650 Lieutenant Colonel D’Oyley stood at the head of the new English military profession. He was the dedicatee of Major Richard Elton’s ...

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