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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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Fletcher, Ralph (bap. 1757, d. 1832), coal owner and magistrate, was born in Bolton, Lancashire, and baptized at St Peter's Church, Bolton, on 30 November 1757, the only son of John Fletcher (1727–1806), coal owner and farmer, and Mary Bolton (d. 1789)...

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MacMorran, John (d. 1596), merchant and magistrate, may have begun his career as 'domestik and familiar servitor' to Regent Morton (Donaldson, Register of the Privy Seal, 8.684), receiving lands in Renfrewshire in 1576 and a pension of £50 for life the following year. When the regent fell from power ...

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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 ...