Planché, James Robinson

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Planché, James Robinson Gender: M
born on 27 February 1796 at 01:15 (= 01:15 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 08°14' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 27°17 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 00°01'

James Robinson Planché


British dramatist, antiquary and officer of arms.

Over a period of approximately 60 years he wrote, adapted, or collaborated on 176 plays in a wide range of genres including extravaganza, farce, comedy, burletta, melodrama and opera. Planché was responsible for introducing historically accurate costume into nineteenth century British theatre, and subsequently became an acknowledged expert on historical costume, publishing a number of works on the topic.

Planché's interest in historical costume led to other antiquarian research, including heraldry and genealogy. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1829, and was influential in the foundation of the British Archaeological Association in 1843. Appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant in 1854 and promoted to Somerset Herald in 1866, Planché undertook heraldic and ceremonial duties as a member of the College of Arms. These included proclaiming peace at the end of the Crimean War and investing foreign monarchs with the Order of the Garter.

He died on 30 May 1880.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "The recollections and reflections of J.R. Planche" (1872): "I believe I made my first appearance in Old Burlington Street, Burlington Gardens, on the 27th of February, 1796, about the time the farce begins at the Haymarket, that is, shortly after one o'clock in the morning."


  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script