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Darcy, Brian (d. 1587), witch-hunter, was probably born in Essex, the son of Thomas Darcy of Tolleshunt Darcy, and his second wife, Elizabeth Bedingfield, daughter of John Haydon of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk. Thomas was a lesser member of the family of the barons Darcy of Chiche...

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Dighton, William (1717–1769), excise officer and murder victim, was born in 1717, though further details of his family and early life are unknown. His first post was in Gloucester in 1741; thereafter he worked in Evesham, Worcestershire, and Woodstock, Oxfordshire. By 1758 Dighton...

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Matthew Hopkins (d. 1647) by unknown engraver, pubd 1647 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hopkins, Matthew (d. 1647), witch-finder, was the son of James Hopkins (d. 1634?), vicar of Wenham in Suffolk. His collaborator John Stearne described Matthew as 'the son of a godly minister' (Stearne, 61). James's will, proved in 1634, mentions six children, only two of whom (...

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William Parker, thirteenth Baron Morley and fifth or first Baron Monteagle (1574/55–1622) attrib. John de Critz the elder, c. 1615 The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum, TL-17738, © Denver Art Museum 2004

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Parker, William, thirteenth Baron Morley and fifth or first Baron Monteagle (1574/5–1622), discoverer of the Gunpowder Plot, was the son and heir of Edward Parker, twelfth Baron Morley (1551?–1618), and Elizabeth (d. 1585), regarded by contemporaries as suo jure Baroness Monteagle, daughter of ...

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Pinkerton, Allan (1819–1884), private detective, was born on 21 July 1819 in a tenement flat in Muirhead Street, the Gorbals, Glasgow, eldest son of William Pinkerton (1767–1827/1828?), a former hand-loom weaver who worked in Glasgow city gaol, and Isabella McQueen (1779?–1854), a spinning-mill worker. He had three brothers, four elder half-brothers, and three elder half-sisters. Although christened by a Baptist minister in the ...