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Allbeury, Theodore Edward Le Bouthillier [Ted] (1917–2005), intelligence officer and novelist, was born on 24 October 1917 at 478 Manchester Road, Stockport, Lancashire, the son of Theodore Allbeury, cotton goods buyer, and his wife, Florence, née Bailey. He had one sister. His father died when ...

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Higgins, Francis [called the Sham Squire] (1746–1802), newspaper proprietor and spy, was born in Dublin, the son of Patrick Higgins, an attorney's clerk, and his wife, Mary; his parents had moved there from Downpatrick, co. Down. Higgins passed his early years in menial employments, became an attorney's clerk, by report converted to protestantism, though his name is not found in the official list of converts (and his later reconversion to Roman Catholicism is alluded to), and, through deception, married an heiress, ...

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Jackson, William [pseud. Scrutineer] (1737?–1795), journalist and spy, was born in Dublin, the son of an officer in the prerogative court. After studying at Oxford he was ordained and he moved to London, where he acted as a curate at St Mary-le-Strand...

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Kemp, Peter Mant MacIntyre (1915–1993), intelligence officer and journalist, was born on 19 August 1915 in Bombay, India, the younger son of Sir Norman Wright Kemp (d. 1937), chief judge of the small cause court and later chief judge of the high court...

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Mackintosh, (John) Malcolm (1921–2011), intelligence analyst and author, was born on 25 December 1921 at St Martin's, Newland, Sherborne, Dorset, the son of James Macalister Mackintosh (1891–1966), a qualified barrister and doctor who rose to be chief medical officer for Scotland and dean of the ...

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Macky, John (d. 1726), writer and spy, was a Scot of obscure birth, parentage, and education. He fled from France to London in the summer of 1692 with the first news of the intended French and Jacobite invasion from La Hogue. Although he was initially disbelieved, he was vindicated, informed on several Scottish Jacobites, and was rewarded with an appointment as a coastal inspector between ...

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Macnally, Leonard (1752–1820), playwright and political informer, was born in Dublin, the only son of William Macnally, merchant of Dublin. According to biographies published in his lifetime, and probably on the basis of information provided by himself, Macnally was related to 'many of the principal Roman Catholic families in ...

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Marks, Leopold Samuel [Leo] (1920–2001), cryptographer, playwright, and screenwriter, was born at 71 Antrim Mansions, Hampstead, London, on 24 September 1920, the only child of Benjamin Marks, antiquarian bookseller, and his wife, Rachel Dorothy, née Joseph. He was a bright child—at the age of eight, he claimed, he had solved his father's and his uncle's book-pricing codes—and was noted at ...

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McLachlan, Donald Harvey (1908–1971), journalist and intelligence officer, was born in London at Flat 6, 23 Cathcart Hill, Islington, on 25 September 1908, the only child of David James McLachlan, a hotel manager, and his wife, Elizabeth Hine. From the City of London School...

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Rose, Eliot Joseph Benn [Jim] (1909–1999), intelligence officer and journalist, was born Eliot Joseph Benn Rosenheim on 7 June 1909 at 43 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London, in the family of two sons and two daughters of Ernest Albert Rosenheim, later Rose (1879–1976)...

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Sams, Eric Sydney Charles (1926–2004), musicologist and literary scholar, was born at 3 Cedars Avenue, Walthamstow, Essex, on 3 May 1926, the only child of Henry Sydney Sams (1897–1968), a petty officer in the Royal Navy, and later a clerical officer in the ...

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Steer, George Lowther (1909–1944), journalist and army intelligence officer, was born on 22 November 1909 at Mrs Wheeler's Nursing Home, Alexandra Road, Cambridge, East London, Cape Colony, South Africa, the only child of Bernard Augustine Steer (1880–1952), newspaper manager, and his wife, Emma Cecilia Armitage Nutt (1884–1960)...

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Théveneau de Morande, Charles-Claude (1741–1805), writer and spy, was born on 9 November 1741 in Arnay-le-Duc in Burgundy, probably at 22 rue St Honoré, the eldest child of Louis Théveneau (bap. 1715, d. 1772), a notary, and his wife, Philiberte Belin (...

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Wallinger, Sir John Arnold (1869–1931), intelligence officer and literary prototype, was born on 25 October 1869 at Poona, India, the son of William H. Arnold Wallinger, deputy conservator of forests in the Indian forest service, and his wife, Anne Jane. He had two brothers and two sisters....

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Woodward, Rowland (bap. 1573, d. 1636), poet, secretary, and scribe, was baptized on 23 August 1573 presumably in London, though the precise location remains unknown. He was the son of John Woodward (b. c.1553), a vintner of St Mary-le-Bow, London, and ...