A Beckett, Gilbert Abbott, 1811-1856

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A BECKETT, GILBERT ABBOTT, brother of Sir William à Beckett (qv); b. 17 Feb 1811; adm. 10 Jan 1820; left Aug 1828; adm. Gray’s Inn 25 Apr 1828, called to bar 27 Jan 1841; a Metropolitan Police Magistrate from Feb 1849, sitting first at Greenwich and Woolwich, but at Southwark from 31 Dec 1849; while at school he started, with his brother William, the Censor and the Literary Beacon, two papers which attracted much attention; founder and first editor of Figaro in London, the immediate precursor of Punch; subsequently one of the original staff of Punch, and for many years leader writer for the Times and Morning Herald; author of The Comic History of England, 1848, some fifty or sixty plays, and numerous other works; m. 21 Jan 1835 Mary Anne, eldest dau. of Joseph Glossop, Royal Coburg Theatre, Clerk of the Cheque to the Hon. Corps of Gentlemen at Arms; d. at Boulogne 30 Aug 1856. DNB.


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Users should note that the information recorded here that is not to be found in the first two volumes of the Record of Old Westminsters and its first Supplement has been assembled from various published and manuscript sources by Hugh Edmund Pagan MA FSA, and all new resulting text is his copyright, © 2014.

The Record of Old Westminsters: A biographical list of all those who are known to have been educated at Westminster School from the earliest times to 1927, Volumes 1 & 2, compiled by G. F. Russell Barker and Alan H. Stenning, London, 1928.

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