The son of James Hoyland of Castle Howard in York, Francis Hoyland was educated at Halifax School and Magdalene College Cambridge, where he took his B.A. in 1748. He traveled to the West Indies and took orders. Hoyland published a volume of poems in 1763, but having contracted a mental disorder was reduced to penury. To assist his family, William Mason and Horace Walpole published a second volume of his poems at the Strawberry Hill press. Hoyland was rector of Little Oakley, Northamptonshire (1769-1786) and vicar of Weekley (1775-1786).
Poems and translations. 1763.
Poetical works, ed. Thomas Park. 1808.
Poems, Chiswick English Poets, vol. 73. 1822.