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date: 22 November 2019

Richards, W. J. [alias William Oliver; called Oliver the Spy]locked

  • Malcolm Chase


Richards, W. J. [alias William Oliver; called Oliver the Spy] (1774?–1827), spy and agent provocateur, claimed to have been born at Pontesbury, Shropshire. He may have been the Richard Richards baptized there on 21 October 1774, son of a father of the same name and his wife, ...

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English Historical Review
Devon Record Office, Exeter
, 1st ser. (1803–20)
National Archives of the United Kingdom, Public Record Office, London
Shropshire Records and Research Centre, Shrewsbury