Edgar's parents were Jennifer née Taylor, a native of Dundee, and Richard Horatio Marriott Edgar (18471894), only son of Alice Marriott (18241900), 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, whom she married in 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 widowed actress Mrs Mary Jane "Polly" Richards, after a brief sexual encounter. Polly had invented an obligation in London to hide her pregnancy and give birth in secret on 1 April 1875, almost a month after Richard and Jenny married. This son became the famous journalist, novelist, playwright and screenplay writer Edgar Wallace.
Richard and Jenny Taylor's children were Alice Marriott Edgar (b. 1876, London), twins Richard and Jennifer Marriott Edgar (b. 1878, London), after whose births the family moved to Scotland where George was born, then returning to London where Joseph Marriott Edgar was born in 1884 and Adeline Alice Edgar in 1886.
Little is recorded of George Marriott Edgar's early career, but he was talented performer, poet and writer. His first real successes began after he had been in the cast of The Co-Optimists and worked with Stanley Holloway. At the start of the 1930s they went to Hollywood, where Edgar - who had dropped his first name for the professional appellation Marriott Edgar - met his famous half-brother.
The monologues were designed to be spoken rhythmically, with piano accompaniment
which in many cases was also composed by Edgar. The texts were published
by Francis, Day & Hunter during the 1930s in three collections. All were
illustrated by John Hassall, many of whose lively images also became classics.
Edgar's compositions were
Albert 'Arold and Others performed by Stanley Holloway and Marriott Edgar The Lion and Albert: Albert swallowed by a lion in the menagerie of Blackpool Tower
Runcorn Ferry (Tuppence per Person per Trip), set in Runcorn
Three Ha'pence a Foot, featuring an argument with Noah
The Battle of Hastings, an account of the Battle of Hastings
Marksman Sam, featuring Stanley Holloway's creation Sam Small
Albert and the 'Eadsman, set in the Tower of London
The Return of Albert (Albert Comes Back), sequel to The Lion and Albert
Goalkeeper Joe, set in Wigan
Gunner Joe, at the Battle of Trafalgar
The Jubilee Sov'rin, the awkward loss of a sovereign commemorating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
The Magna Charter, the signing of Magna Carta
Little Aggie, an elephant
Albert and Balbus and Samuel Small written and performed by Marriott
Edgar Sam's Medal (not written by Edgar)
The 'Ole in the Ark, a necessary repair to Noah's Ark
Sam's Racehorse, an unfortunate purchase
George and the Dragon, an unhelpful pub landlady
The Recumbent Posture, a linguistic misunderstanding
The Channel Swimmer, an attempt on the English Channel
Asparagus, a cautionary tale
Uppards, a Lancashire version of Longfellow's famous poem Excelsior
Joe Ramsbottom, a farmer and the squire
Burghers of Calais, retelling the story of the Burghers of Calais
Balbus (The Great Wall of China), a fantasy based on the Latin text-book example: "Balbus built a wall"
Jonah and the Grampus, the story of Jonah
Normans and Saxons and Such some Ancient History Canute the Great 10171035,
about Cnut the Great
William Rufus 10871100, about William II of England
Queen Matilda 11001135, about Empress Matilda
The Fair Rosamond 11541189, about Rosamund Clifford
Richard Cur-de-Lion 11891199, about Richard I of England
Henry the Seventh 14851509, about Henry VII of England
The Lion and Albert and The Return of Albert have been translated into German under the titles Der Löwe und Albert and Albert kommt wieder, na klar! respectively.
In 1904 in Brentford he married Mildred Williams. They had a son, Hindle
(19051984) who was an actor. Edgar died in Battle, East Sussex, 5 May
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