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Edalji, Shapurji (1841/2–1918), Church of England clergyman and victim of racial harassment, was born in Bombay, in late 1841 or early 1842, son of Doralji Edalji, a Parsi merchant. Educated at Elphinstone College, he was converted to Christianity in 1856, aged fourteen, by the ...

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Elliot, Adam (1645/6–1700), Church of England clergyman and slander victim, was born at Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, the son of Henry Elliot, clergyman. He matriculated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on 10 November 1664, aged eighteen, and graduated BA in 1669. Much of what is known about him appears in his memoir, ...

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Fenwick [née Benison], Ann (1724–1777), Roman Catholic litigant and heir, was the only child of Thomas Benison (1696–1735), a Lancaster attorney, and his wife, Ann Dowbiggin (1694–1762), widow of a Mr Winder. The Benisons had been landowners in Hornby and Roeburndale, a few miles west of ...

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Hathaway, Richard (fl. 1696–1702), alleged victim of witchcraft, details of whose parents and upbringing are unknown, moved to Southwark about 1696 to be apprenticed to Thomas Welling, blacksmith. According to the testimony of a neighbour, Hathaway had suffered from convulsive fits before moving into the house of ...

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Hugh of Lincoln [St Hugh of Lincoln, Little St Hugh] (c. 1246–1255), supposed victim of crucifixion, was the son of Beatrice of Lincoln. He is known as Little St Hugh to distinguish him from St Hugh, bishop of Lincoln (1140?–1200). His death, in all probability accidental, and most likely on 27 August 1255, was the catalyst for the accusation of ritual murder aimed at the Jewish community of ...

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Thomas Pickering (1621?–1679) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pickering, Thomas (1621?–1679), Benedictine monk and victim of the Popish Plot, was probably born in 1621 as a member of the Pickering family of the barony of Kendal in Westmorland. His father was killed during the civil wars. He made his profession as a lay brother of ...

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William [St William of Norwich] (1132/3–1144), supposed victim of ritual murder, known as the 'saint and martyr of Norwich', was supposedly the first victim of ritual murder by Jews to occur in England, and indeed in Europe. The accusation levelled against the Jews, the so-called ‘blood libel’, grew out of a popular superstition that they preyed on children, especially at the time of passover. The curious and highly questionable tale of ...