Arthur Murphy

1727 - 1805


Writer, barrister and playwright. Nephew of Jeffrey French MP (q.v.) (whom he satirised in The Apprentice) and residuary legatee of his cousin Mrs Frances Ford (nee Plunkett) (q.v.). His will proved 23/07/1805 is uninformative and left his personalty to Jesse Foot (q.v.), who was also his biographer.

  1. Ann Elliot, who has an entry in the ODNB as 'courtesan and actress', was a protegee of Arthur Murphy, who wrote the part of Maria for her in his comedy The Citizen.


PROB 11/1428/218.

  1. Baldwin, Olive, and Thelma Wilson. 2004 "Elliot, Ann (1743–1769), courtesan and actress." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 24 Jun. 2019.

Further Information


Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association

Arthur Murphy's cousin Mrs Frances Ford left him her interest in Jamaica property - anything due to her for slaves - in her will.

Relationships (3)

First Cousins
Nephew → Uncle
Testator → Executor
Notes →
Jesse Foot was sole executor of the will of Arthur Murphy and inherited Arthur Murphy's personalty and proceeds of the sale of his...