Thomas Porter (dramatist)

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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 English politician

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.

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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.

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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.

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He was the author of the following plays:

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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.

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