Dr. Syn

Real Name

Reverend Doctor Christopher Syn

First Appearance

Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh (novel, 1915)

Original Publisher

Created by

Russell Thorndike


Dr. Syn is the kindly vicar of the little town of Dymchurch in England. Syn seems like a pleasant fellow, but he is a man with a sinister past. At one time he was the vicious and brutal pirate Captain Nathaniel Clegg, who was supposedly hung at Rye. He is also the mysterious "Scarecrow of Romney Marsh", masked leader of the Demon Riders, a band of local smugglers. Syn can switch between the light and dark sides of his personality with terrifying ease. He is eventually murdered by a man he left for dead as Captain Clegg.

"Oh, here’s to the feet that have walked the plank-- Yo-ho! for the dead man’s throttle; And here’s to the corpses afloat in the tank, And the dead man’s teeth in the bottle." -Captain Clegg

Public Domain Novels

Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh (1915)

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