Autograph Quotation: “Although he is only an actor, I like him!” [David Garrick, Act I], signed Edward Compton 3 x 8 inches, folds. 17 January 1886. Edward Compton (1854-1918), actor. He first appeared at Bristol in 1873 and in London in 1877. In 1881 he organised the Compton Comedy company, which for over 30 years played Shakespearean and old English comedies throughout the country and formed a valuable school of training for young actors and actresses.Among his children were Compton Mackenzie (b. 1883), the well-known novelist, and Fay Compton, the actress.