a beckett, gilbert abbott - a Beckett, gilbert abbott (1811-56); a beckett, gilbert abbott - English humorous writer and dramatist. Born in London, Feb. 17, 1811, he was educated at Westminster and called to the bar. In 1831 he established Figaro in London, and was a constant contributor to Punch from the start of that journal in 1841 until his death, at Boulogne, Aug. 30, 1856. His principal works were The Comic Black-stone, 1846; Comic History of England, 1857-8 ; and Comic History of Rome, 1852. See The a Becketts of Punch, 1903, by his son, Arthur William (1844-1909).