William Philips

(1697—1734) playwright

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(1675–1734), dramatist. Born in Derry, the son of the Governor, he was educated at TCD and bought a captain's commission after the appearance of his first play, The Revengeful Queen (1698), in London. Two years later St Stephen's Green or The Generous Lovers (1700), a conventional social comedy, appeared at Smock Alley. Hibernia Freed (1722), staged at Lincoln's Inn Fields, is a historical tragedy set during the Viking invasion. He also wrote Belasarius (1724).

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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