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Bertram, Charles Julius (1723–1765), literary forger, was born in London, the son of a silk dyer who moved with his family to Copenhagen at an unknown date. Nothing else is known of his family or educational background, other than that he had a brother who died at sea in 1752. ...

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Collier, John Payne (1789–1883), literary editor and forger, was born on 11 January 1789 in New Broad Street in the City of London, the second of five children of John Dyer Collier (1762–1825) and his wife, Jane Payne (1768–1833), the spirited and artistic daughter of a ...

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John Payne Collier (1789–1883) by unknown engraver, pubd 1883 (after Sydney and Ernest White, 1873) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Combe [formerly Combes], William (1742–1823), writer and literary imitator, was born in London on 25 March 1742, the son of Robert Combes (d. 1756), a prosperous wholesale ironmonger, and his wife, Susanna Hill (d. 1748), daughter of a wealthy Quaker merchant with interests in the ...

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William Combe (1742–1823) by George Dance, 1793 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Dodd (1729–1777) by John Russell, 1769 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dodd, William [nicknamed the Macaroni Parson] (1729–1777), Church of England clergyman and forger, was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire, the eldest of the six children of the Revd William Dodd (1703?–1757), vicar of Bourne. He was probably born on 29 May 1729 (...

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Forman, Henry Buxton [Harry] (1842–1917), bibliographer and forger, was born on 11 July 1842 at Camden Place, Southampton Street, Camberwell, the third son and fifth child of the eight children of George Ellery Forman (1800–1867), naval surgeon, and his wife, Maria Courthorpe (1805–1888)...

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Henry Buxton Forman (1842–1917) by unknown photographer [detail] © reserved; Keats House, London Borough of Camden

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John Hardyng (b. 1377/88, d. in or after 1464) manuscript painting © The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Hardyng, John (b. 1377/8, d. in or after 1464), chronicler and forger, is of unknown parentage, but was probably born in Northumberland. Almost all the details of his life are derived from his own writings. He says that he entered the household of ...

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Ireland, William Henry (1775–1835), literary forger and writer, was born on 2 August 1775 in London, the only surviving son of Samuel Ireland (d. 1800), engraver and author, and Anna Maria de Burgh Coppinger, otherwise Mrs Freeman (d. 1802), who passed as the father's housekeeper but was known to be his mistress and mother of his children. After failing at English schools ...

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Lathy, Thomas Pike (1771–1825), writer and plagiarist, was born in Exeter, the son of Richard Hayman Lathy (d. 1807), druggist, and his wife, Mary, née Kent. He was 'bred to trade' (Biographical Dictionary, 196), and in September 1786 he was apprenticed to a solicitor in ...

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Lauder, William (c. 1710–c. 1771), literary forger, was born in Scotland, but nothing more of his early life is known, though Lauder himself gave out that he was related to the Lauders of Fountainhall; he 'appears to have entered the world, with only his literature to support him' (...

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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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Williams, Edward [pseud. Iolo Morganwg] (1747–1826), Welsh-language poet and literary forger, was born on 10 March 1747, at Pennon, Llancarfan, Glamorgan, the eldest of four sons of a stonemason, Edward William(s) (1715–1795), and his wife, Ann Matthew(s) (1713–1770). They moved, probably in 1754, to nearby ...

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Wise, Thomas James (1859–1937), book collector and forger, was born on 7 October 1859 at 52 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent, the eldest of four children, all sons, of Thomas Wise (1828–1902) and Julia Victoria Dauncy (1838–1881). The father, described by his son as 'manufacturing traveller', gave his occupation on the birth certificate of his youngest son as 'tobacconist'. After ...