W.W.F. [William Webb Follett] Synge
W.W.F. [William Webb Follett] Synge (1826-1891), diplomatist and author. From 1851-1853 he was with the British legation at Washington, where he married Henrietta Mary Dewar, the daughter of Colonel Robert Dewar of the US army. Returning to Britain in 1853 he began to supplement his diplomatic income by writing journalism for 'The Press' and 'Punch'. He became friendly with Thackeray and other literary figures. After retiring from service he wrote regularly for 'The Standard' and, from 1883, for 'Saturday Review'. He published his first novel, 'Olivia Raleigh' in 1875, followed by 'Tom Singleton, Dragoon and Dramatist' in 1879, which he later dramatised for the stage. He also published many poems in periodicals.