Thomas Doggett

?1660-1721; b. Dublin; comic actor; enjoyed great success in London with The Country Wake (1690 [recte 1696]), often revived, and other plays; friend of Congreve and Colley Cibber; joint mgr. Haymarket and later of Drury Lane; establ. Doggett’s Race for Thames watermen. RR ODNB DIB DIW OCEL OCIL

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Dictionary of National Biography: d. 1721; created ‘Ben’ in Congreve’s Love for Love, 1695; author of Country Wake, a comedy (1696); joint mgr. Haymarket, 1709-10 [for details see Dunbar, Peg Woffington], and subseq. Drury Lane; founded in 1716 a Thames watermen’s rowing competition.

Henry Boylan, Dictionary of Irish Biography (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1988): b. Castle St., Dublin; first appeared at Drury Lane, 1691; The Country Wake (1690 ERR); strong Hanoverian, fnd. Doggett’s prize to honour George I on his accession, 1 August 1716. d. Etlham, Kent. See also Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica, Irish Worthies (1821), vol. II, p.108-110.

Peter Kavanagh, Irish Theatre (Tralee 1946): Thomas Doggett, The Country Wake (LIF, May 1696) 1696; later altered into ballad farce as Flora, or Hob in the Well.


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