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Bottomley, Horatio William (1860–1933), journalist and swindler, was the only son of William King Bottomley (1827–1863), a tailor's cutter, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Holyoake. He was born on 23 March 1860 at 16 St Peter's Street, Bethnal Green, London. Orphaned by the age of four, ...

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Horatio William Bottomley (1860–1933) by Bassano, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cole, Joseph Windle (b. 1808x10, d. in or after 1858), swindler, was a shipping clerk during the 1830s with the London merchant house of Forbes, Forbes & Co., and in 1840–44 represented them in Bombay. He was summarily dismissed as their Liverpool agent in 1845, and in the following year became a partner with ...

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Grieve, Elizabeth Harriet (b. c. 1723, d. in or after 1782), swindler, details of whose upbringing and parentage are unknown, gained notoriety in London in the early 1770s for a series of artful and audacious schemes whereby she duped not only tradesmen seeking preferment and places, but also a famous 'Right Honourable spendthrift', the politician, ...

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(Ian) Robert Maxwell (1923–1991) by Ida Kar, c. 1960 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maxwell, (Ian) Robert (1923–1991), publisher and swindler, was born on 10 June 1923 in Synagogue Street, Slatinske Doly (Szlatina), a village in Czechoslovakia on a disputed frontier with Romania. He was one of seven children of Mehel Hoch (1887–1942?), agricultural labourer, and Chanca (...

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Redpath, Leopold (b. 1816?, d. in or after 1868), swindler, was probably born in 1816 (1813 by another account), and was the son of James Redpath, a poor man. When young he worked as a clerk. On 23 February 1840 (pretentiously describing himself as a merchant and his father as a gentleman) he married a lady's companion, ...

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Robson, William James (b. 1822?, d. in or after 1862), swindler, was probably born in 1822 (though some accounts indicate November 1820 or 1821) at Chingford, Essex, the son of a hay salesman from whose home he ran away. As a young man he worked as a law writer and later as a clerk of the ...

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John Sadleir (1813–1856) by unknown engraver courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

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Sadleir, John (1813–1856), politician and swindler, was born on 17 November 1813 at Shronell House in the parish of Shronell, co. Tipperary. He was the fifth of seven children of Clement William Sadleir, farmer and middleman, reputedly descended from Henry Sadeleyer of Hackney...