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Percy Hoskins

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Adams, John Bodkin (1899–1983), general practitioner and forger, was born on 20 January 1899 in Randalstown, co. Antrim, the elder son of Samuel Adams, watchmaker, and his wife, Ellen Bodkin (d. 1943), formerly of Desertmartin, co. Tyrone. The younger son was born in 1903 and died of pneumonia in 1916. Shortly after ...


Robert Perreau (c. 1734–1776), by unknown artist, 1775

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Perreau, Robert (c. 1734–1776), apothecary and forger, was born in St Kitts, West Indies. His father, Daniel, was born in Greenwich, the son of a Huguenot émigré from France who had been a large landowner and principal magistrate in La Rochelle before he left at the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685. ...


Thom [Tom], John Nichols [alias Sir William Courtenay] (bap. 1799, d. 1838), impostor and lunatic, was baptized on 10 November 1799 at St Columb Major, Cornwall, the only son (he had one sister) of William Thom (or Tom), a small farmer and innkeeper, and his wife, ...