Charles McLaughlin (c.1697 - 1797):
Actor and playwright
Charles McLaughlin was born in the north of Ireland and educated in Dublin. Before he appeared in London in 1725 he had been a member of a company of strolling players. It is said that he stabbed a fellow actor in a quarrel. By 1740 he had become popular at Drury Lane and was a friend of Garrick's. He wrote many plays, among which are The True-Born Irishman; The Man of the World and Love a la Mode and he was renowned for his performance of Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. He died in London. [Biographies by Congreve, Cooke and Parry].
||11 July 1797