Jephson, Robert (1736 -1803)
Robert Jephson, poet and dramatist, was born and educated in Dublin, and joined the army as an officer in an Irish regiment. On the reduction of his regiment, he retired to England on half pay. An associate of Dr Johnson, Burke, Goldsmith, Reynolds and Garrick, he married, in 1767, a daughter of Sir Edward Barry, an eminent physician, and shortly afterwards returned to Ireland. His tragedy Braganza was produced with success at Drury Lane in February 1775, and he wrote many successful plays both tragic and comic. Member of the Irish Parliament for Old Leighlin 1778, he was made Master of the Horse to the Viceroy of Ireland, a post which he held under twelve successive Viceroys.