1626-?1695 b. Derry, [Clark] c. 1635.] Several plays, including the comedy The Cheats (1671; and many eds. up to end of century), performed at Drury Lane, not Dublin; also Belphegor, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin prompt copy. MS. 827. 1, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., cited in Clarke, Early Irish Stage, p. 211. PI
Andronicus Commenius, trag. [anon.] (1663); The Projectors,
com. (London 1665); The Cheats, com. (1671; 1684; 4th ed., corr.,
1693); To His Excellency richard, Earle of Arran, a poem, etc.
(Dublin 1682), fol.; Belphegor, or the Marriage of the Devil, tragi-com.
(Lonfon 1691); Dramatic Works of J. W. (8 vol., 1874),
D. J. ODonoghue, Poets of Ireland (Dublin: Hodges Figgis
1912), called Recorder of Londonderry; presumably English born; ed. Oxford;
went to Ireland, 1677; d. ?1696.
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John Smith Clark, Early Irish
Stage OUP 1955), M. C. Nahm, ed., John Wilsons The Cheats (Oxford 1935), cites In the following season , the first original play, Belphegor, by an Englishman, John Wilson (1626-16?95), Recorder of Londonderry.