Mark Alexander Boyd, a Scottish scholar and soldier, born at Galloway, Jan. 13, 1562, died at Pinkill, April 10, 1601. His headstrong temper made him quarrel with his relatives and instructors, and before he had finished his academic course he sought his fortune at court, where one duel and numberless broils soon made him notorious. He went to France, where he studied civil law, and thence to Italy. In 1587 he joined the Catholic league as a volunteer soldier, though himself a Protestant; but in 1588 he resumed his legal studies at Toulouse, where he was imprisoned for his religious opinions. He was permitted to escape to Bordeaux, and for some years his life alternated between war and study. His elder brother's death in 1595 induced him to return to Scotland. He had previously endeavored to win the favor of James VI. by dedicating to him a volume of Latin poems, published at Antwerp in 1592. Some other of his Latin poems are to be found in the Delieice Poetarum Scotorum. He was a . thorough master of Greek, and translated Caesar's Commentaries into that language.

Lord Hailes wrote a " Sketch of the Life of Boyd " (1783).