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Bertram, Charles Julius (1723–1765), literary forger, was born in London, the son of a silk dyer who moved with his family to Copenhagen at an unknown date. Nothing else is known of his family or educational background, other than that he had a brother who died at sea in 1752. ...

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Collier, John Payne (1789–1883), literary editor and forger, was born on 11 January 1789 in New Broad Street in the City of London, the second of five children of John Dyer Collier (1762–1825) and his wife, Jane Payne (1768–1833), the spirited and artistic daughter of a ...

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John Payne Collier (1789–1883) by unknown engraver, pubd 1883 (after Sydney and Ernest White, 1873) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Combe [formerly Combes], William (1742–1823), writer and literary imitator, was born in London on 25 March 1742, the son of Robert Combes (d. 1756), a prosperous wholesale ironmonger, and his wife, Susanna Hill (d. 1748), daughter of a wealthy Quaker merchant with interests in the ...

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William Combe (1742–1823) by George Dance, 1793 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dodd, William [nicknamed the Macaroni Parson] (1729–1777), Church of England clergyman and forger, was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire, the eldest of the six children of the Revd William Dodd (1703?–1757), vicar of Bourne. He was probably born on 29 May 1729 (...

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William Dodd (1729–1777) by John Russell, 1769 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Forman, Henry Buxton [Harry] (1842–1917), bibliographer and forger, was born on 11 July 1842 at Camden Place, Southampton Street, Camberwell, the third son and fifth child of the eight children of George Ellery Forman (1800–1867), naval surgeon, and his wife, Maria Courthorpe (1805–1888)...

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Henry Buxton Forman (1842–1917) by unknown photographer [detail] © reserved; Keats House, London Borough of Camden

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John Hardyng (b. 1377/88, d. in or after 1464) manuscript painting © The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford