Marriott Edgar

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Marriott Edgar (1880-1951), born George Marriot Edgar in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, was a poet, scriptwriter and comedian best known for writing many of the monologues performed by Stanley Holloway, particularly the 'Albert' series.In total he wrote sixteen monologues for Stanley Holloway, whilst Holloway himself wrote only five.

His parents were Jennifer née Taylor, a native of Dundee, and Richard Horatio Marriott Edgar (1847-1894), only son of Alice Marriott (1824-1900), proprietress of the Marriott family theatre troupe. Richard was born in Manchester, Lancashire, near Christmas 1847 as Richard Horatio Marriott; both his two sisters, Adeline Marriott (b.1853) and Grace Marriott (b.1858) were also born in Lancashire. Later all three children chose to take the surname of their mother's "husband", Robert Edgar (there seems to be no record of a Robert Edgar - Alice Marriott marriage as of yet), and they retained this surname throughout their lives - Richard married and died as Richard Horatio Edgar rather than under his birth surname of Marriott (possibly suggesting Robert Edgar was the biological father of at least one of Alice's three children). Their marriage was registered in St George, Southwark, Surrey in the second quarter of 1856.

Richard and Jenny married in March 1875, with Richard being unaware that he had fathered an illegitimate namesake son, Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace, with his "honorary sister", widowed actress Mrs Mary Jane...
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