(1710–1778), actorplaywright. Born in Dublin the son of a vintner, he abandoned surgery for acting and appeared in London theatres from 1730. After the success of Scanderbeg (1732) his manager was in the habit of locking him in a room to grind out verse plays. Charles I (1737) is a tearjerker in which the king goes nobly forth to meet a death that only makes him more divine, while Cromwell wonders out loud if history will condemn him as a regicide. The doomed hero of Regulus (1774) is an advice-dispensing Roman reminiscent of Polonius.
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.