Benjamin Griffin 1680-1740

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Benjamin GRIFFIN 1680-1740

Biographical Note

Born in Oxnead, Norfolk, son of Bejamin Griffin, rector there. He was initally apprenticed to a Norwich glazier, but in 1712 he joined the Duke of Norfolk's Company of players and began a career as an actor. He was regularly performing in London from at least 1715, in various theatres, and was much acclaimed thereafter.


Griffin used an engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 12871); the extent and disposition of his library is not known. He died unmarried and his goods seem to have been inherited by his sister.