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date: 10 August 2020

Ogilby [Ogelby, Oglivie], John locked

  • Brian Boydell


(b north of Dundee, Angus, Nov 1600; d London, Sept 4, 1676). Scottish dancing-master, theatrical impresario, writer, publisher and possibly composer , active partly in Ireland. A man of extraordinary versatility who was adept at attracting influential patronage, he successfully survived many misfortunes. His career began as a dancer at the court of Charles I. After a fall during a court masque in 1621 he was forced to give up dancing and became a dancing master and choreographer. About 1633 he accompanied the Duke of Wentworth (later the Earl of Strafford) to Dublin. He is important in the history of music in Ireland as the first holder there of the title of Master of the Revels, a position created for him by the Earl as Lord Deputy on 28 February 1638. In this capacity he erected in Werburgh Street, close to Dublin Castle, the first theatre to be built in the British Isles outside London. On the outbreak of the Civil War in ...

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