From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Dogget, Thomas, one of the most distinguished comic actors of his time, was born in Castle-street, Dublin, about the middle of the 17th century. Few particulars are known concerning his life, which was spent chiefly in London. He had amassed considerable property at the time of his retirement from the stage, and he died at Eltham, Kent, 22nd September, 1721. An enthusiastic adherent of the House of Hanover, he bequeathed funds to furnish a waterman's badge and coat to be rowed for on the Thames on each 1st August, the anniversary of the Hanoverian accession. He is described as being a little, lively, smart man, remarkably prudent and careful of money. In company he was modest and cheerful, his natural intelligence of a very high order. "He, like other men, regarded not the honour of distinction in his profession as the sole reward of his merit, but rather his profession as a means to affluence." Dibdin says: "He was the most original and strictest observer of nature of all the actors then living. He was ridiculous without impropriety; he had a different look for every different kind of humour; and though he was an excellent mimic, he imitated nothing but nature."
286. Players, Lives of the: John Galt. 2 vols. London, 1831.
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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