Edward Synge was born at Inishannon (Ireland) on 6 April 1659, and died at Tuam on 24 July 1741. He was the second son of Edward Synge, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. He attended Cork Grammar School, and went up to Christ Church, Oxford as a commoner in 1674. He took his BA degree in 1677 and returned to Ireland, taking his MA at Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained priest and spent some twenty years in the Christ Church diocese of Cork. In 1705 he was installed Chancellor of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. In 1714 he became Bishop of Raphoe in the church of Dunboyne, County Meath, and in 1716 he became Archbishop of Tuam and an Irish Privy Councillor.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.