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Alan Patient of

Plaque: Thomas Doggett


Near this spot lies Thomas Doggett, actor and author, manager of the Haymarket and Drury Lane theatres, in 1715 he founded the race for Doggett's coat and badge. He died a pauper in 1721.

This plaque raises some questions. Firstly, how could he have 'died a pauper', when,in 1718 he married a gentlewoman with a £20,000 fortune, who pre-deceased him? and secondly, which Haymarket theatre? Wikipedia says ‘Theatre Royal Haymarket’ but this only goes back to 1720 so we believe the Oxford DNB’s ‘Vanbrugh's Haymarket Theatre’ (now Her Majesty’s) instead.

Site: Thomas Doggett (1 memorial)

SE9, Eltham High Street, Eltham Parish Church of St John the Baptist

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Thomas Doggett

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Her Majesty's Theatre

In 1705 Vanbrugh completed the Queen's Theatre, named in honour of Queen Anne...

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The fourth theatre on the site since restoration times, this is the oldest th...

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Doggett's Coat and Badge

The prize for a rowing race for Thames watermen.  Claimed as the oldest race ...

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Thomas Doggett

Actor and theatre manager. Born in Castle Street, Dublin (his birth year is a...

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