1890s People
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Oscar Wilde
By Joseph Bristow
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854 to one of Ireland’s most distinguished professional, nationalist families of Protestant descent. His father was William Robert Wills Wilde (1815-1876), an eminent eye doctor, travel writer, and amateur ethnographer. He became Surgeon-Oculist-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria in 1863 and was knighted a year later.