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Brooke [Brook], Sir Basil (1576–1646), iron-founder and royalist conspirator, was probably born at Madeley in Shropshire, the eldest son of John Brooke and his wife, Anne, daughter of Francis Shirley of Staunton Harold, Leicestershire. He married Etheldreda Brudenell, daughter of Sir Edmund Brudenell...

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Friend [Freind], Sir John (bap. 1640, d. 1696), brewer and Jacobite conspirator, was baptized on 11 October 1640 at St Mary's Church, Whitechapel, the second, but first surviving, son of John Friend (d. 1665), brewer, of St Katharine by the Tower precinct, London...

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Hesketh, Richard (1553–1593), merchant and conspirator, was born on 24 or 25 July 1553, according to a horoscope drawn up by John Dee. He was the fourth son of Gabriel Hesketh (d. 1573), a landowner of Aughton New Hall, Lancashire, and his first wife, ...

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Ridolfi, Roberto di (1531–1612), merchant and conspirator, was born in Florence, Italy, on 18 November 1531, the son of Pagnozzo di Giovanfrancesco Ridolfi and Maddalena Gondi. The ancient family of Ridolfi di Piazza enjoyed an impressive heritage of civil service—Roberto's grandfather Giovanfrancesco...

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Shepherd, Thomas (fl. 1677–1694), merchant and conspirator, was active in the City of London from at least 1677. Nothing is known of Shepherd's origins or family. A liveryman of the Mercers' Company, he imported wine from Portugal and the Canary Islands, and linen and whale products from ...

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Watt, Robert (1761x8–1794), wine merchant and conspirator, was the illegitimate son of a 'respectable gentleman', and was brought up by a succession of guardians. He was educated at the Perth Academy, and moved about 1785 to Edinburgh to seek his fortune. Following a period as a clerk, and a failed attempt to forge a literary career, ...