Walter Clopton Wingfield
Person Male Born 16/10/1833 Died 18/4/1912
Born at Rhysnant Hall, Montgomeryshire, Wales. Served in the 1st Dragoon Guards, and saw action in China and India. In the late 1860s he began experimenting with an outdoor version of real tennis. He originally called the game 'sphairsitike', but was persuaded that 'lawn tennis' was easier on the tongue. It was eventually patented in 1874. He became president of 'The Universal Cookery and Food Association' and founded a culinary society called 'Le Cordon Rouge'. Died at his home, 33 St George's Square, Belgravia.