He was born in Headingley, Leeds, the son of Harry Lloyd Bickerstaffe, a Church of England Clergyman, and Elisabeth Mona Brougham Drew. In 1878, he converted to Catholicism while an undergraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford. Msgr. Drew was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1884 and served as a chaplain in the British army for more than thirty years. He was made a private Chamberlain by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 and by Pius X in 1903, was a member of the Pontifical Chamber of Malta and was a knight of the sacred military Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
Francis Bickerstaffe-Drew died in Salisbury, England.
- Oremus: or, Little Mildred (1880).
- Dominus Vobiscum: or, The Sailor Boy (1880).
- Veni Creator; or, Ulrich's Money (1881).
- Pater Noster; or, An Orphan Boy (1881).
- Per Jesum Christum: or, Two Good Fridays (1881).
- Ave Maria; or, Catesby's Story (1882).
- Credo; or, Justin's Martyrdom (1882).
- Ora Pro Nobis (1883).
- Marotz (1908).
- Mr. Beke of the Blacks (1908).
- Dromina (1909).
- A Roman Tragedy and Others (1909).
- San Celestino (1909).
- Outsiders—and In (1910).
- Mezzogiorno (1911).
- Hurdcott (1911).
- Faustula N. A.D. 340 (1912).
- Gracechurch (1913).
- Monksbridge (1914).
- Prodigals and Sons (1914).
- French Windows (1918).
- Jacqueline (1918).
- The Tideway (1918).
- Fernando (1919).
- Abbotscourt (1920).
- First Impressions in America (1921).
- Discourses and Essays (1922).
- Mariquita (1922).
- Pages from the Past (1922).
- Dobachi (1923).
- "Isolation and Federation," The American Ecclesiastical Review (1913).
- "A Dog and a Bad Name: Some Notes on the Novel and its Present Function," The American Catholic Quarterly Review (1913).
- "Picture Teaching," The American Catholic Quarterly Review (1914).
- "A Novelist's Novel-Reading," The Catholic World (1915).
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- Gorman, W. Gordon (1910). Converts to Rome. London: Sands & Co., pp. 23, 33.
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- Adams, J.R. (1922). "The Modern Catholic Novel," The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Vol. XLVII, pp. 130–135.
- Bickerstaffe-Drew, F. (1919). John Ayscough's Letters to his Mother during 1914, 1915 and 1916. New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons.
- Braybrooke, Patrick (1931). "John Ayscough; Priest and Novelist." In: Some Catholic Novelists: Their Art and Outlook. London: Burns, Oats & Washbourne, Ltd.
- Gerrard, Thomas J. (1911). "The Real Romance of Life," The Catholic World, Vol. XCIII, No. 553, pp. 1–16.
- Martin, Arthur A. (1915). A Surgeon in Khaki. London: Edward Arnold.
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