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Ayloffe [Ayliffe], John (c. 1645–1685), satirist and conspirator, was born in Foxley, Wiltshire, the younger son of John Ayliffe (b. 1611?). He matriculated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, in July 1662 and was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1664. An unyielding opponent of the ...

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Copley, Anthony (b. 1567, d. in or after 1609), writer and conspirator, was the third son of Thomas Copley (1532–1584) and his wife, Catherine Luttrell (d. in or after 1590). John Copley (c. 1577–1662) was his younger brother. When his father went abroad, he remained in ...

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Ferguson, Robert (d. 1714), pamphleteer and conspirator, was the son of William Ferguson of Badifurrow in Aberdeenshire. He received a liberal education in his native land, probably at the University of Aberdeen, where in 1650 the name 'Robertus Fergusone Aberdonensis' is entered in the record ( ...

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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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Payne, Henry [alias Henry Nevill] (d. 1705?), writer and Jacobite conspirator, was a member of the Payne family of Medbourne, Leicestershire, but although he was born before the civil war he was not the Henry Payne baptized at Medbourne on 29 December 1636. Through his mother he was related to ...

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Peltier, Jean-Gabriel (bap. 1760, d. 1825), journalist and political exile, was baptized on 21 October 1760 in the church of St Pierre, Gonnord, in the French province of Anjou, the eldest surviving son of Jean Peltier (c.1734–1803), a merchant and slave trader, and his first wife, ...

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Sprot [Sprott], George (d. 1608), conspirator and forger, was a notary of Eyemouth, Berwickshire, who by no later than 1600 had become intimate in the affairs of Robert Logan, seventh laird of Restalrig, and a regular guest at his house at Gunsgreen. Logan...

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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 (...