(Francis James) Ronald Bottrall (2 September 1906, Camborne, Cornwall-25 June 1989) was a Cornish poet. He was praised highly by F.R. Leavis and Martin Seymour-Smith.
Education: Redruth Grammar School; Pembroke College, Cambridge.
- Lector in English, University of Helsingfors, Finland, 1929–31
- Commonwealth fund fellowship, Princeton University, USA, 1931-33 
- Johore Professor of English Language and Literature, Raffles College, Singapore, 1933–37
- Assistant Director, British Institute, Florence, Italy, 1937–38
- Secretary, SOAS, 1939–45
- Air Ministry: Temporary Administrative Officer, 1940; Priority Officer, 1941
- British Council Representative: in Sweden, 1941; in Italy, 1945; in Brazil, 1954; in Greece, 1957; in Japan (and Cultural Counsellor, HM Embassy, Tokyo), 1959
- Controller of Education, British Council, 1950–54
- Chief, Fellowships and Training Branch, Food and Agriculture Organisation, 1963-65.
Honours and awards
- OBE, 1949.
- Coronation Medal, 1953
- Syracuse International Poetry Prize, 1954
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, 1955
- Knight of St. John, 1972
- Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, 1973
- Knight Commander, Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Malta, 1977
He was the father of Anthony Bottrall, the diplomat, expert in developmental agriculture and politician.
- The Loosening and other Poems, 1931
- Festivals of Fire, 1934
- The Turning Path, 1939
- Farewell and Welcome, 1945
- Selected Poems, 1946
- The Palisades of Fear, 1949
- Adam Unparadised, 1954
- Collected Poems, 1961
- Day and Night, 1974
- Poems 1955-73, 1974
- Reflections on the Nile, 1980
- Against a Setting Sun, 1983
- (with Gunnar Ekelöf) T.S. Eliot: Dikter i Urval, 1942
- (with Margaret Bottrall) The Zephyr Book of English Verse, 1945
- (with Margaret Bottrall) Collected English Verse, 1946
- Rome (Art Centres of the World), 1968.