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

These featured in quantity 10 contain Margaret Martyr, a singer, actress, and dancer whose “conjugal virtues have been usually impeached,” in response to the July 1792 Thespian journal. The Diction­ary describes this least consistent of fanatics as “of middling peak, with a determine well-proportioned for breeches elements. [Her] black-haired, black-eyed good looks and transparent soprano made her an immedi­ate renowned good fortune in merry maids and tuneful minxes, the piquant and the pert, for 1 / 4 century.”

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Fledgling performers attended "spouting clubs" and mature ones frequented debating societies. Macklin had long been a teacher and theorist of acting and oratory and a participant at the forensic coffee houses and debating societies, some of which had radical reputations. William Kenrick, in a note to his Pasquinade (1753), called Macklin "a famous player, and author, particularly celebrated for his harangues on religious subjects, at the oratory of the Robinhood," a society of political disputants, some of them with seditious ideas.

See MACKARNEA. Mackenzie, Mr [fl. ], actor. A Mr Mackenzie shared a benefit with two others at Lincoln's Inn Fields on 14 May 1723; the gross receipts were £93 15s. 6d. The following year he shared £80 14s. with two actresses. That might suggest that Mackenzie was an actor, but no roles are known for him. A Mackenzie was the Captain of the Guard in The Siege of Troy at Lee's Southwark Fair booth in September 1734, and at the same fair in 1736 Mackenzie played Roger in The Innocent Wife. The same man, perhaps, was the Mackenzie who acted Chant in Kouli Kan at Bartholomew Fair on 22 August 1741.

The stick had penetrated Hallam's brain; he died at six o'clock the next morning. Macklin fled, returned and gave himself up, and was indicted for wilfull murder on 13 May. He spent an anxious seven months until he came to trial on 12 December. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to be burned in the hand, a sentence which was executed with a cold iron. The grisly occurrence did no permanent harm to Macklin's career, though it marred his reputation. Six weeks after his trial he was back at Drury Lane, rehearsing his old part of Ramilie in The Miser, which he played before an appreciative house on 31 January 1736.

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