Samuel John Waddell (1878 - 1967):
Samuel Waddell was born in Japan, where his father was a Presbyterian minister and a lecturer at the Imperial University of Tokyo. He was the brother of Helen Waddell, the acclaimed writer and expert on medieval Latin literature, author of amongst other works Peter Abelard. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Queen's College, Belfast, and the Royal University of Ireland, where he graduated in engineering in 1907. In 1904 he helped to found the Ulster Literary Theatre and began to act and write. His first play The Turn of the Road was produced in 1906, The Drone was produced in the Abbey Theatre in 1908 and his other plays include Red Turf, Peter, and Bridgehead. He starred in the title role of Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones and won much acclaim. He was Chief Inspector for the Irish Land Commission and died in Dalkey, County Dublin.