Author Information At the Circulating Library

Author: Henry Gustavus Ainslie Young

Biography: Henry Gustavus Ainslie Young was born in 1830 in London, son of the barrister Gilbert Ainslie Young (1801–1879). Young's grandfather and uncle, John Young and Thomas Ainslie Young respectively, were prominent Canadian businessmen and political leaders. As a boy, Young was enrolled as a cadet in the Bombay Native infantry and he retired a lieutenant in 1849. Back in England, he wrote a novel Frank Merryweather (1853) about the orphan son of an Indian officer attempting to regain his fortune. Thereafter, Young disappears from view. He may have returned to India or gone to Canada.

References: British Census (1851); DCB (John Young, Thomas Ainslie Young)


  1. Frank Merryweather: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: T. C. Newby, 1853.