Dove was born at Lasswade, near Edinburgh, on 31 July 1815, and died at Edinburgh on 28 April 1873 of complications following a stroke eleven years earlier. He was often known simply as Edward Dove, though he used both given names when publishing. The son of a naval officer, Dove had a somewhat turbulent education in England and France, and was expelled from one school for rebellion. In 1841, having come into money, he purchased an estate in Ayrshire near Ballantrae and devoted himself to the study of agriculture, philosophy, and marksmanship and gunmaking, interests which he seemed to share in equal measure. Though he suffered a financial loss in 1848 when some of his investments failed, his marriage the following year to Anne Forrester, daughter of an Edinburgh solicitor, seems to have restored his fortunes.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.