Christopher D'Oyly (1717 – 19 January 1795) was a barrister of the Inner Temple, under-secretary in the colonial department and commissary-general of the musters in which capacity he took part in the planning for the American War of Independence.
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In 1765, D'Oyly married Sarah Stanley (1725–1821), the granddaughter of Sir Hans Sloane.
In 1774 he became the member of Parliament for Wareham, and in 1780 for Seaford. He retired in 1784.
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