Eyles Irwin was born in Calcutta and educated in London. He was superintendent of Madras (1771); after being dismissed for protesting against the deposition of Lord Pigot (1776) he made his way back to England through a torturous journey described in A Series of Adventures in the Course of a Voyage up the Red Sea (1780). He was reinstated and returned to India, where he negotiated the cession of the Dutch settlements. Irwin traveled in China 1792-94, before spending the remainder of his life in literary pursuits.
Saint Thomas's mount. A poem. Written by a gentleman in India. 1774.
Bedukah, or the self-devoted. An Indian pastoral. 1776.
Epistle to the Right Honourable George Lord Pigot on the anniversary of the raising the siege of Madras. 1778.
A series of adventures in the course of a voyage up the Red-Sea, on the coasts of Arabia and Egypt; and of a route through the desarts of Thebais. 1780.
Eastern Eclogues. 1780.
Occasional epistles. Written during a journey from London to Busrah, in the Gulf of Persia ... to William Hayley. 1783.
Ode to Robert Brooke, esquire. 1784.
To the Honourable the Court of Directors, for Affairs of the Hon. the United Company of Merchants of England, Trading to the East-Indies. 1788?
The triumph of innocence; an ode. Written on the deliverance of Maria Theresa Charlotte, Princess Royal of France. 1796.
Buonaparte in Egypt: or, an appendix to the enquiry into his supposed expedition to the east. 1798.
Nilus; an elegy. Occasioned by the victory of Admiral Nelson. 1798.
The failure of the French crusade, or the advantages to be derived by Great Britain from the restoration of Egypt to the Turks. 1799.
The Bedouins, or, Arabs of the desert: a comic opera in three acts. 1802.
Ode to Iberia. 1808.
The fall of Sragossa, an elegy. 1808.
Napoleon, or the vanity of human wishes. 1814.
An elegy to the memory of Captain James Brooke Irwin, who perished ... in the assualt of Fort Erie. 1814.