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Alkin, Elizabeth [nicknamed Parliament Joan] (c. 1600–1655?), nurse and spy, was the wife of Francis Alkin, who was hanged as a spy in Oxford by royalist forces during the civil war. Alkin's activities are known largely from her surviving petitions for payment and relief (many of them undated or misattributed in ...


Bamforth [née Ince], Rosemary Margaret Warren (1924–2018), codebreaker and pathologist, was born on 19 October 1924 at 31 Kersland Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, the younger child of Douglas Edward Ince (1890–1966), farmer and businessman, and his wife, Isobel Margaret, née...


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Hensey, Florence (fl. 1748–1760), physician and spy, was born in co. Kildare, the son of Florence Hensey (d. 1757) of Ballycumeen, and his wife, Mary (d. 1748). Brought up as a Catholic, he moved to England when very young; he then apparently was educated at the ...