younger brother of C. Kingsley. From 1853 to 1858 he was in Australia, at the gold‐diggings and as a trooper in the Sydney Mounted Police, experiences which provided the basis for two of his best novels, Geoffry Hamlyn (1859) and The Hillyars and the Burtons (1865), which have been influential in Australian literary history. For a time he was editor of the Edinburgh Daily Review, and was its correspondent at the Franco‐Prussian War.
Ravenshoe (1862), the best‐known of his 21 books, is a story of inheritance intrigues in a Roman Catholic landed family in Devonshire, and includes Crimean War scenes. Kingsley's best novels are distinguished for admirable descriptions of landscape in England and Australia, for engrossing accounts of storms and cyclones, attacks and alarms, and for humorous and well‐observed character sketches.