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The Packs were a fighting family, as was but right since they were descended in a straight line from a major in Cromwell's army who settled in Ireland.One of them, Anthony Pack, had part of his head carried off at the same battle, so I fear it is part of our family tradition that we lose our heads in action.In this mission I have already travelled more than 50,000 miles and addressed 300,000 people, besides writing seven books upon the subject. I WAS born on May 22, 1859, at Picardy Place, Edinburgh, so named because in old days a colony of French Huguenots had settled there.Such is the life which I have told in some detail in my Memories and Adventures. At the time of their coming it was a village outside the City walls, but now it is at the end of Queen Street, abutting upon Leith Walk.There he spent his working life, and thus it came about that I, an Irishman by extraction, was born in the Scottish capital.The Doyles, Anglo-Norman in origin, were strong Roman Catholics.These became so crushing upon landed gentry that my great-grandfather was driven from his estate and became a silk-mercer in Dublin, where "H. This family record was curiously confirmed by Monsignor Barry Doyle, destined, I think, for the highest honours of the Roman Church, who traces back to the younger brother of my great-grandfather.

Each of the boys made a name for himself, for all inherited the artistic powers of their father.

This was a new idea, but it has been followed by most caricaturists since and so has become familiar.

There were no comic papers in those days, and the weekly cartoon of "H. He exerted, I am told, quite an influence upon politics, and was on terms of intimacy with many of the leading men of the day.

Another brother was Henry Doyle, a great judge of old paintings, and in later years the manager of the National Gallery in Dublin, where he earned his C. The third son was Richard Doyle, whose whimsical humour made him famous in "Punch," the cover of which with its dancing elves is still so familiar an object. The Doyle family seem to have been fairly well-to-do, thanks to my grandfather's talents. A sketch of their family life is given in "Dicky Doyle's Diary." They lived up to their income, however, and it became necessary to find places for the boys.

When my father was only nineteen a seat was offered him in the Government Office of Works in Edinburgh, whither he went.

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