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Ireland, William Henrylocked

  • Paul Baines


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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