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James Quin

Who was he?

Wikipedia: James Quin (24 February 1693 – 21 January 1766) was an English actor of Irish descent. Quin was born in London. He was educated at Dublin, and probably spent a short time at Trinity College.

Quin's first London engagement was in small parts at Drury Lane, and he secured his first triumph at Bajazet in Nicholas Rowe's Tamerlane, on 8 November 1715. In consequence of an attempt made by Garrick in 1750-51 to draw him away from Covent Garden, Quin was enabled to extort from his manager a salary of £1000 a year, the highest figure then reached in the profession.

Why was he in Bath?

He retired to Bath and spent his last fifteen years lodging in the house of Mrs Simpson at 3, Pierrepont Street. Quin loved the city, often referring to it as 'a fine slope to the grave'.

Location of plaque at 4, Pierrepont Street

James Quin plaque

The text reads

"Here lived James Quin b. 1693 d. 1766"

Location map of 3, Pierrepont Street:
James Quin location map

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