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Robert Thoyt is a recurring character in the FX original drama Taboo, portrayed by Nicholas Woodeson.

Official DescriptionEdit

"Delaney family lawyer, who has strong ties to the East India Company, which is most certainly a conflict of interests." [1]

BackgroundEdit

Robert Thoyt is a lawyer who for years has tried to extort the Nootka Treaty from Horace Delaney, hired by the East India Company.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Robert Thoyt is an old lawyer at the Delaney family service, bruised by old age and the after-effects of smallpox that have disfigured his face, leaving him scarred. His ways of doing things are pretty down to earth, also showing a subtle duplicitous nature.

HistoryEdit

Robert Thoyt was present at the funeral of his old customer Horace Delaney when James Delaney made his return, and Thoyt was so surprised about the occurrence that he had to ask for confirmation to Zilpha Geary about the identity of the man who had interrupted the funeral mass. Later, while he was at a public urinal, the lawyer was approached by none other than James and the two conversed briefly about the death of Horace and the family inheritance. The following day, Thoyt went to the headquarters of the East India Company in London, to advise Sir Stuart Strange and other members of the return of James Delaney, and the consequences that this would have caused to their expansionist plans. (Shovels and Keys)

Robert Thoyt chaired the testamentary reading of the last will of Horace Delaney, after informing James Delaney of some bureaucratic loopholes. When Lorna Bow showed up at the legal department, claiming to be the widow of Delaney senior, Thoyt felt forced to report what he had found out to Sir Stuart Strange and the rest of the East India Company's Desk. Together, they started to think about a possibility of finding a ploy to get Nootka Sound from James Delany using the alleged widow. (Episode 2)

Interrupted by his assistant during a nap in the office, Thoyt received a visit from James Delaney, intending to draw up a last will and testament. (Episode 3)

As an attorney, Thoyt witnessed the duel between James Delaney and Thorne Geary, receiving an advance payment on both sides. (Episode 5)

Memorable QuotesEdit

Thoyt: "I attended the late Mr Delaney’s funeral. And a ghost appeared. A son we all thought dead in Africa."
— informing the EIC Council of James' return

ImagesEdit

Episode AppearancesEdit

Season 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. BBC One - Taboo Cast & Characters

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