Sir Alfred Sandison was knight diplomat, oriental secretary in Istanbul, dragoman at Istanbul in 1901, Consul-General in 1920, described him as “too easy-going for the work in hand”, “sport-loving character, very popular with the Turks”, “Sir Alfred Sandison, who had been born in Turkey and spoke Turkish remarkable well. He had been employer as interpreter with the army during the Crimean War, and was then taken on at the Embassy to succeed the old race of Levantine interpreters, many of them of Genoese or Venetian family" Sir Alexander Telford Waugh, Turkey, Yesterday, To-Day, and Tomorrow 1930.