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Betty, William Henry, the son of an Irish doctor, was born at Shrewsbury in 1791, and appeared on the stage at Belfast before he was twelve. He then came to London in 1803, and as "the Infant Roscius" roused extraordinary enthusiasm at Covent Garden and Drury Lane, the king even noticing him personally. In 1808, having made a good deal of money, he went to Cambridge. On his return to his profession he was received rather coldly, and in 1832 finally retired. He died in 1874.