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John Carteret Pilkington
Isn't Wikipedia meant to be collaborative, with entries decided democratically? When it is full of ill-written articles about total nonentities, it seems odd to reject someone who has the following entry in the current Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:
“Better known as Jack, Mrs Pilkington's younger surviving son, John Carteret Pilkington (1730–1763), tried to follow in his mother's footsteps with his own boyhood memoirs—a less skilful, less high-spirited, and factually less reliable work, originally advertised as ‘The Adventures of Jack Luckless’ (printed proposals, 1758). Padded out with his mother's correspondence with Lord Kingsborough, her last patron in Dublin, this appeared two years later in London as The Real Story of John Carteret Pilkington, complete with an impressive list of subscribers and dedication to a daughter of Jack's namesake John Carteret, Earl Granville, who had been lord lieutenant in Dublin in the year of his birth.
Escaping from his father's custody about 1741 Jack had found refuge with his mother's uncle in Cork, but then turned to the stage as a boy soprano and struck out again on his own. At various times he attached himself to the eccentric Richard Poekrich, inventor of the musical glasses; to the composer Thomas Arne, in whose troupe he sang and acted in Dublin during 1743; and to a travelling nobleman, Charles O'Neill of Shane's Castle (senior representative of the Clanaboy O'Neills), who allegedly professed his devotion to the boy, offered him a lifetime annuity, but finally dropped him when his voice began to break into a ‘hoarse disagreeable tenor’ (J. C. Pilkington, Real Story, 149). The Real Story ends in 1744, when Jack left Ireland for Scotland.
By 1746, after brief stints as a naval volunteer, Jack had fetched up in London with his mother, whom he accompanied back to Dublin in 1747. By the 1750s, now married, he was back in London writing miscellaneous verse for magazines, following his late mother in and out of the Marshalsea prison (not once but three times), and picking quarrels with Foote and the theatre manager David Garrick. He died on the continent some time during the summer of 1763.
A. C. Elias Jr.
Sources L. Pilkington, Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington, ed. A. C. Elias, 2 vols. (1997) · J. C. Pilkington, The real story of John Carteret Pilkington (1760) · The correspondence of Jonathan Swift, ed. H. Williams and [D. Woolley], rev. edn, 5 vols. (1965–72) · The autobiography and correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs Delany, ed. Lady Llanover, 1st ser., 3 vols. (1861); 2nd ser., 3 vols. (1862) · Dublin Journal (15–22 April 1738) · Dublin News-Letter (29 April–2 May 1738) · Dublin Evening Post (May 2) · W. J. Lawrence, MS notebooks on the history of the Dublin stage, University of Cincinnati, VII, 40 · J. C. Greene and G. L. H. Clark, The Dublin stage, 1720–1745: a calendar of plays, entertainments, and afterpieces (1993), 228 [reporting the performance of No death but marriage] · J. C. Pilkington, Proposals for printing by subscription, in London and Dublin, The adventures of Jack Luckless (1758) · Esdall's News-Letter (23 Nov 1749) [Mrs. Pilkington's vol. 3 ‘In the Press’] · Court of Palace Court (Westminster and Marshalsea prison, Southwark), records, 1742–60, TNA: PRO, PALA 1/38, 2/1–2, 4/16, 5/35, 6/42, 7/47, 8/46 · The correspondence of Samuel Richardson, ed. A. L. Barbauld, 6 vols. (1804) · B. Clarke, A collection of poems upon various occasions, never before printed, numb. 1[–4], to which is added, an epistolary correspondence with a lady of singular wit and humour (1751) · A. C. Elias jun., ‘Laetitia Pilkington on Swift: how reliable is she?’, Walking Naboth's vineyard: new studies of Swift, ed. C. Fox and B. Tooley (1995), 127–42 · A. C. Elias jun., ‘Male hormones and women's wit: the sex appeal of Mary Goddard and Laetitia Pilkington’, Swift Studies, 9 (1994), 5–16 · transcribed deeds 1708 ff., Registry of Deeds, Dublin · Dublin parish records (Church of Ireland), RCB Library, Dublin · excerpts (transcribed), TCD, MSS 1473, 1476, 1478–80
Archives Newbridge House, Donabate, corresp. and memoirs
Likenesses R. Purcell, print, mezzotint, 1760 (after N. Hone the elder), BM, NPG; repro. in Pilkington, The real story of John Carteret Pilkington (1760) · print, mezzotint, BM; repro. in Pilkington, Memoirs
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A. C. Elias Jr., ‘Pilkington , Laetitia (c.1709–1750)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 20 March 2013
Laetitia Pilkington (c.1709–1750): doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/22270 John Carteret Pilkington (1730–1763): doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/69112”
--Hors-la-loi 13:52, 20 March 2013 (UTC)