1729-1774; actor-manager, b. probably Tuam, Co. Galway, son of clergyman;
ed. Digges St. Grammar school, Dublin, and TCD; appeared Smock Alley,
28 Nov. 1749; engaged by Garrick for Drury lane, 1751; arranged theatrical
visits from Garrick, Woodward, Macklin, Theo. Cibber, Barry, and Mossop,
in 1754; acted with Garrick in London, 1751-59; returned to play at Crow
St., 1759; took over Smock Alley, 1760, to rival Crow St.; gained patronage
of Countess of Brandon, Miss Caulfield sister of Charlemont and Lady Rachel
MacDonald; exploited vogue of English opera; tried to manage both theatres;
lost heavily through gambling, and retired ruined from Smock Alley management,
to be succeeded by Thomas Ryder; imprisoned for debt in London, while
seeking recruits, 1771; toured continent for a year; died in poverty,
Chelsea, 18 Nov. 1773; d. 27 Oct., acc. obit. in Gentlemans Magazine give date 27 Dec. RR ODNB DIB OCIL
there is a short life in Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica: Irish
Worthies (1821), Vol. II, p.443.
Sir John Gilbert quotes Churchill on the actor: Mossop, attachd
to military plan, / Still kept his eye fixd on his right hand man.
/ Whilst the mouth measures words with seeming skill, / The right hand
labours, and the left lies still / For he resolvd on Scripture grounds
to go / What the right doth, the left hand shall not know. / With studied
impropriety of speech / He soars beyond the hackney critics reach
[... &c.] (History of the City of Dublin II, rep. edn.
1972, p. 97),