Quin, James (1693-1766), the actor, came of an Irish family, and made his debut on the Dublin stage. In 1716 he made his reputation at Drury Lane in the part of Bajazet in Tamburlaine. Having played for several years at Rich's Theatre, Lincoln's Inn Fields, and been temporarily under a cloud on acoount of having killed another actor in a duel, he returned to Drury Lane in 1734. Here he acted till 1751, after which he lived in retirement at Bath. He was elipsed in his later years by Garriok, with whom he appeared, together with Mrs, Cibber, in 1746, in the Fair Penitent. Quin was an intimate friend of Thomson, the poet.