1665-1732 [Wilkes or Wilks]; actor; accompanied Williamite Army to Ireland
and worked as Govt. clerk; played Othello at Smock Alley (1691) and subsequently
migrated to London where he had a successful career, with notable triumphs
as Sir Harry Wildair (Farquhar) and Prince Hal; Robert Hitchcock called Wilkes our finest comedian. RR ODNB DIB OCIL
Ryan, Biographia Hibernica: Irish Worthies (1821), Vol. II, p.630-64; William Smith Clark, The Early Irish Stage: The Beginnings to 1720 (Clarendon Press 1955), p.215.
See also R. B. Peake, Memoirs of the Colman Family (1841).
W. S. Clark, Early Irish Stage (Oxford 1955), p.216, cites Authentic Memoirs, or the Life and
Character of that Most Celebrated Comedian, Mr. Robert Wilks, Daniel
OBryan (London 1732).
John Downes, Roscius Anglicanus (1708; Augustan Reprints,
134, 1969), cites Wilks among players.