Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: Robert Folkestone Williams (1810–1870)
Alternate Name(s): Frank Ranelagh (pseudonym)
Biography: Robert Folkestone Williams was born in 1810 in London. He was an all-round man of letters who produced poetry, fiction, journalism, history, and biography as a result of more than "thirty years' severe literary labour, rarely less than ten hours a day, sometimes more." Williams wrote ten novels between 1835 and 1865, most of which treated historical subjects such as the life of Shakespeare, the English civil war, and the early eighteenth century. One novel, Sir Roger de Coverley (1846), appeared under the pseudonym "Frank Ranelagh." For a time, he was Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Cavalry College, Richmond. Williams also worked as the sub-editor and later editor of the New Monthly Magazine. Through this connection, he was called in to complete Theodore Hook's Fathers and Sons (1842) and Frederick Marryat's The Little Savage (1850). He married in 1839 Rosa Lucy du Ponte, the widow of William Francis Player. Williams died in 1870.
References: Allibone; British Census (1851, 1861)