A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, by Philip H. Highfill Kalman A. Burnim Edward A. Langhans

By Philip H. Highfill Kalman A. Burnim Edward A. Langhans

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Lady Mary was reputedly ugly and foolisha deliberate choice by Lord Tyrawley to persuade Miss Seal of his continuing devotion to herbut the lady had a fortune of £30,000. Lord Tyrawley's scheme was thwarted, however, when Viscount Mountjoy heard of Miss Seal's presence in Somerset House and arranged a separation between his daughter and the fortune-hunter. Miss Seal, meanwhile, gave birth to a son by Lord Tyrawley; George Anne Bellamy provides no date in the Apology for her brother's birth, but it was probably sometime about 1726 or 1727.

Among her adventures in Scotland was a ride from Edinburgh into Glasgow in the spring of 1764 to act at the new Argyle Street Theatre under the management of Beatt and Love. A fanatical religious mob burnt part of the stage and all her costumes. " She dressed at the Black Bull Tavern, and was conveyed in a chair to the theatre, where the stage had been quickly repaired. Her courage and gallantry, it was reported, was rewarded by a very large turnout of the ton. The last time she was advertised to appear on the Edinburgh stage was for 30 June 1764, when she delivered an occasional prologue to The Miser.

She passed two more years under Garrick's management, adding such roles as Ismena in Phaedra and Hippolitus (with an original prologue, by desire, on 3 December 1751), Andromache in The Distrest Page 13 Mother (with an original epilogue on 10 December 1751), Sigismunda in Tancred and Sigismunda (taking £200 at her benefit on 14 March 1752), Rutland (a breeches role) in The Earl of Essex, and the title roles in Lady Jane Grey and Eugenia. In 175152 and 175253 she resided at her house in Thrift Street, Soho.

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