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Conant, Sir Nathaniel (1745–1822), bookseller and police magistrate, was born on 10 April 1745, the sixth of eight sons of John Conant, rector of Hastingleigh and vicar of Elmstead, Kent, and his wife, Mary, daughter of the Revd William Wake. Four of his older brothers died in childhood or early adolescence. The ...

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Creech, William [pseud. Theophrastus] (1745–1815), bookseller and magistrate, was born in Newbattle, Edinburghshire, on 12 May 1745, the son of the Revd William Creech (1705–1745), minister of Newbattle, and his wife, the Calvinist Mary Buley (d. 1764) of the English family of ...

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Dockwray [Docwra], Thomas (d. 1559), master of the Stationers' Company and ecclesiastical lawyer, about whose origins and parentage nothing is known, does not seem to have been related to his namesake and near contemporary Sir Thomas Docwra (d. 1527), prior of the knights of ...

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Perreau, Robert (c. 1734–1776), apothecary and forger, was born in St Kitts, West Indies. His father, Daniel, was born in Greenwich, the son of a Huguenot émigré from France who had been a large landowner and principal magistrate in La Rochelle before he left at the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685. ...

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Savage, Thomas (1651/2–1668), apprentice and murderer, was said to have been born in the parish of St Giles-in-the-Fields, London. All that is known about his early life is that his father, John, a brewer or alehouse keeper, died when he was young, his mother remarried, and his parents 'endeavoured to have their son well-educated' (...

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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, ...

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Welch, Saunders (1711–1784), grocer and magistrate, was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on 2 February 1711, the son of Joseph Welch, victualler. His will reveals the existence of a surviving sister, Ann Woodcock, but nothing else is known of his immediate family. According to ...