J. J. Proby
1751-1828 [John Joshua Proby; 1st Earl of and 2nd Baron of Carysfort];
b. 12 Aug.; ed. Westminsster and Cambridge; MA 1770; FRS 1779; joint-guardian
of the Irish Rolls and Irish earl, 1789; supported Pitt; MP various English
constituencies, 1790-1801; ambassador to Berlin, 1800; to St Petersburgh,
1801; created Earl in 1801; Irish House of Lords before 1800; postmaster-gen.
in 1806, resigned 1807; DCL Oxon., 1810; published poems and plays (unperformed)
d. April 1828. ODNB RAF PI.
The Revenge of Gwendolen, a poem (priv. 1786); Polyxena, trag.
(1798 ); Dramatic and narrative Poems (1810) [includes all the foregoing
and others such as Caius Gracchus and The Fall of Carthage]
Peter Kavanagh, The Irish Theatre (Tralee: The Kerryman 1946),
lists four trags. published in 1810, not acted, Caius Gracchus;
Fall of Carthage, modeled on Greek with chorus; Monimia;
and Polyxena, based on Euripides Hecuba. NOTE, Irish classical
plays, as listed by WB Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition
(IAP 1976; 1984), include JJ Proby, The Fall of Carthage (Greek
style and chorus), Caius Gracchus, and Polyxena (all published
1810) . Bibl, ODNB; Biographia Dramatica, vol. i.]