Bickerstaffe-Drew, Francis

(pseudonym, John Ayscough) (1858-1928) Writer, born Headingly, Leeds, England; died Salisbury. He was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford; became a Catholic, 26 October 1878; and was ordained, 1884. In 1891 he was appointed private chamberlain to Leo XIII; in 1903, private chamberlain to Pius X; in 1904, domestic prelate; in 1909, Knight of the Holy Sepulcher and Count. He served as military chaplain at Plymouth, 1892-1899, at Malta, 1899-1905, and at Salisbury Plain, 1905-1909. During the World War he served with distinction. In 1918 he became assistant principal chaplain royal, and in 1919, Commander of the British Empire. Under the name of John Ayscough he published several novels, including "Marotz," "Dromina," "San Celestino," "Hurdcott," "Jacqueline," and "Abbotscourt"; short stories, among them those in a "Roman Tragedy" and "Prodigals and Sons"; and essays, notably "Saints and Places," "Levia Pondera," and "French Windows."

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