Biographical Sketches

SYMES, Edward Spence

SYMES, Edward Spence, C. I. E.; Chief Secretary to the Government of Burma since 1890, and member of the Legislative Council.  b. London, 16 August 1852; 3rd s. of E. S. Symes, M.D.; unmarried.  Educ.: University Coll. London.  Entered the Indian Civil Service by competitive examination, 1873; held various appointments in Burma; was Commissioner of the Central, Eastern, and Southern Divisions of Upper Burma, 1888-1890 (medal and clasp).  Decorated for services in connection with the annexation of upper Burma.  Recreations: reading, riding, cycling.  Address: Woodside, Rangoon; The Crags, Maymyo.  Club: East India United Service.
Source: Who’s Who (1900), page 969, digital images, Hathitrust Digital Library ( : accessed 4 March 2020).

SYMES, George Gifford

SYMES, JUDGE GEORGE GIFFORD, soldier, statesman and jurist, was born at Bloomfield, Ohio, April 28, 1840, and died November 3, 1893. He was the son of William and Mary (Gifford) Symes, his father coming to this country in 1836.


SYMES, Rev. J. E., Principal of University Coll. Nottingham since 1890; b. London, 31 Dec. 1847; 2nd s. of E. S. Symes, M. D.  Educ.: Univ. Coll. School, London; Downing Coll. Camb. (M.A.).  Camb. University Extension Lecturer, 1875-80; Second Master Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1880-81; Professor of English Literature, etc., University Coll. Nottingham, 1881-96.  Publications: Newcastle Sermons, 1882; Political Economy, 6th ed. 1890; The Prelude to Modern History, 1890; The French Revolution, 1892.  Address: 70 Mapperly Road, Nottingham.
Source: Who’s Who (1900), page 969, digital images, Hathitrust Digital Library ( : accessed 6 March 2020).

SYMES, William Langford

Symes. – William Langford Symes, M. D., 74, Merrion Square, Dublin; and Llandrindod Wells; son of the late Arthur Rowley Symes, barrister-at-law, of Ballybeg, co. Wicklow; born at Ballybeg in 1861; educated at Reading School and Rathmines School, Dublin, and London; F.R.C.P.I., 1898; Licentiate and L.M., 1883; M.D. Durham, 1902; L.R.C.S.I., 1883.  Senior and Junior Exhibitioner, R.C.S.I., Pathologist Royal City of Dublin Hospital; Physician Orthopaedic Hospital of Ireland; Physician Homes for Destitute Children; Physician Convalescent Home, Stillorgan; Censor and Examiner in State Medicine Royal College of Physicians, Ireland; Certificate Ophthalmic and Aural Diseases; Certificate Rotunda Hospital, Dublin; member of the Council of the Irish Medical Association; Member of the British Medical Association; Fellow Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland; late Assistant Demonstrator Histology and Prosector to Professor of Anatomy Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland; Medical Resident City of Dublin Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, W.C.; author of “Diet Cards for the Consulting-room” (7th edition), 1901; “Notes on the Feeding of Infants”; “The Examination of Sick Children”; Dissections of Semi-circular Canals in Birds,” etc.  Married Eleanor Beatrice, daughter of the late James Owen Wynne, of London, a member of the Sligo family.
Source: Ephraim MacDowel Cosgrave, Dublin and Co. Dublin In the Twentieth Century (1908), page 226-227, digital images, Hathitrust Digital Library ( : accessed 4 March 2020).

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