Mrs. Abington

1737-1815 [née Barton]; actress; flower-seller; street-singer; servant and undermaid; appeared as Miranda in The Busybody (Haymarket 1755); acted in Bath and Richmond; drew large houses as Lady Townley in Dublin; invited to Drury Lane by Garrick, 1764; orig. player of Lady Teazle in Sheridanís School of Scandal (1777); transferred to Covent Garden, 1782; absent from stage, 1790-97; last appeared, 1799; Shakespearian roles incl. Portia, Beatrice, Desdemona, Olivia, and Ophelia; The Life of Mrs. Abington (formerly Miss Barton) Celebrated Comic Actress [1st ed.] (London 1888), incl. accounts of performances in Dublin & London. ODNB