Francis Meynell

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

Sir Francis Meredith Wilfrid Meynell (12 May 1891 – 10 July 1975) was a British poet and printer at The Nonesuch Press.

He was the son of the journalist and publisher Wilfrid Meynell and the poet Alice Meynell, a suffragist and prominent Roman Catholic convert. Francis Meynell was brought in by George Lansbury to be business manager of the Daily Herald in 1913.[1] He was held in the guard room at Hounslow Barracks as a conscientious objector in World War I. Meynell was also a socialist who supported the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War.[2]

He was knighted in 1946. He married Alix Kilroy (1903 - 1999), a civil servant with the Board of Trade. They worked together during World War II on Utility Design, an austere and functional style. After the war they lived and farmed in a secluded part of Suffolk for many years. Their union was childless.


  • Sir Francis Meynell (1971) My Lives
  • Dame Alix Meynell (1988) Public Servant, Private Woman: An Autobiography


  1. John Shepherd, George Lansbury: At the Heart of Old Labour (2004), p. 146
  2. Katharine Bail Hoskins, Today the Struggle: Literature and Politics in England during the Spanish Civil War. University of Texas Press, 1969 (p.18) (p. 18)

External links

  • [1] Profile of Sir Francis Meynell
  • [2] Biography at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (subscription required)