Thomas Porter (1636 – 1680) was an English dramatist and duellist.
He was the fourth son of Endymion Porter and his wife Olivia Boteler, and brother of George Porter.
Endymion Porter (1587–1649) was an English diplomat and royalist.
George Porter (1622?–1683) was a royalist army officer of the First English Civil War.
Porter abducted, on 24 February 1655, Anne Blount, daughter of Mountjoy Blount, 1st Earl of Newport. For this he was for a short time imprisoned, and the contract of marriage was declared null and void by the quarter sessions of Middlesex on 17 July following. A valid marriage subsequently took place, and they had a son George. On 26 March of the same year, Porter killed a soldier named Thomas Salkeld in Covent Garden, probably in a duel, and was consequently tried for murder. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was allowed benefit of clergy, and was sentenced to be burned in the hand.
Mountjoy Blount, 1st Earl of Newport, created Baron Mountjoy in the Irish peerage (1617), Baron Mountjoy of Thurveston in the English peerage (1627) and Earl of Newport (1628) was appointed master of ordnance to Charles I of England (1634) and played an ambiguous part in the early years of the English Civil War.
Middlesex is an ancient county in southeast England. It is now entirely within the wider urbanised area of London. Its area is now also mostly within the ceremonial county of Greater London, with small sections in other neighbouring ceremonial counties. It was established in the Anglo-Saxon system from the territory of the Middle Saxons, and existed as an official unit until 1965. The historic county includes land stretching north of the River Thames from 17 miles (27 km) west to 3 miles (5 km) east of the City of London with the rivers Colne and Lea and a ridge of hills as the other boundaries. The largely low-lying county, dominated by clay in its north and alluvium on gravel in its south, was the second smallest county by area in 1831.
George Porter was an English soldier and conspirator.
On 28 July 1667, Porter had a duel with his friend, Sir Henry Belasyse, documented by Samuel Pepys, who remarked on the "silliness of the quarrel". Belasyse was mortally wounded, and Porter, who was also hurt, had to leave the country. The coroner's jury were later ordered to find that the cause of death was unknown. Porter subsequently married Roberta Anne Colepeper, daughter of Sir Thomas Colepeper.
Sir Henry Belasyse KB was an English army officer and Member of the Parliament of England. He was killed in a duel after a trivial quarrel with a friend, a tragedy which gave rise to much public comment.
Samuel Pepys was an administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament who is most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Pepys had no maritime experience, but he rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, hard work, and his talent for administration. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalisation of the Royal Navy.
A coroner's jury is a body convened to assist a coroner in an inquest, that is, in determining the identity of a deceased person and the cause of death. The laws on its role and function vary by jurisdiction.
He was the author of the following plays:
Samuel Sandford was an English character actor, known for his roles as villains.
The Carnival is a play by Thomas Porter performed at the Theatre Royal by His Majesties Servants in London in the spring of 1664 with some success. The play may be an adaptation of a Spanish original, though no specific source has been identified.
(Thomas) Southwood Smith was an English physician and sanitary reformer.
Henry Pierrepont, 1st Marquess of Dorchester, PC, FRS was an English peer. He was the son of Robert Pierrepont, 1st Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull, and his wife Gertude Talbot, daughter of George Talbot and Elizabeth Reyner, and cousin of the Earl of Shrewsbury.
Henry King was an English poet who served as Bishop of Chichester.
John Belasyse, 1st Baron Belasyse was an English nobleman, soldier and Member of Parliament, notable for his role during and after the English Civil War. He suffered a long spell of imprisonment during the Popish Plot, although he was never brought to trial.
Admiral of the Fleet George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth PC was an English naval commander who gave distinguished service to both Charles II and James II.
John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery KB, PRS, styled Lord Vaughan from 1643 to 1686, was Governor of Jamaica between 1675–1678.
Sir Robert Sawyer, of Highclere (1633–1692) was the Attorney General for England and Wales (1681–1687) and, briefly, Speaker of the English House of Commons.
Henry Carey, 1st Earl of Dover was an English peer, and member of parliament in 1609 and 1614.
Anthony Belasyse, also Bellasis, Bellows and Bellowsesse was an English churchman and jurist, archdeacon of Colchester from 1543.
Edward Blount, 2nd Baron Mountjoy was an English peer.
Walter Blount, 1st Baron Mountjoy, KG was an English politician.
Maria Stanhope, Countess of Harrington (1797?-1867), better known as Maria Foote, was an English actress and peeress in the nineteenth century.
Thomas Blount or Blunt was a British soldier, Member of Parliament and inventor.
Henry Brett was an English man about town, an army officer and Tory politician. He was involved in the theatrical world, and associate of Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.
William Colepeper was an English poet and politician.
Sir Jacob Bancks (1662–1724) was a Swedish naval officer in the British service. He settled in England and became a Tory Member of Parliament.
Dorothy Smith, while married to John Pakington a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I was involved in a matrimonial dispute that was heard in front of the Attorney General, Francis Bacon who was also her son-in-law.
Anne Yelverton (1628–1698) was Countess of Manchester and Countess of Halifax.
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