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Annesley, Richard, sixth earl of Anglesey (bap. 1693, d. 1761), kidnapper and bigamist, was baptized on 26 November 1693 at St Peter's Cathedral, Exeter, Devon, the third son of Dr Richard Annesley (1654/5–1701), dean of Exeter, from c.1700 third Baron Altham, and his wife, ...

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Aram, Eugene (bap. 1704, d. 1759), murderer and philologist, was born at Ramsgill and baptized on 2 October 1704 at Middlesmoor, West Riding of Yorkshire. Little is known of his mother, but his father, Peter Aram (bap. 1667, d. 1735), employed as gardener to ...

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Beddingfield [née Rowe, Row], Margery (bap. 1742, d. 1763), murderer, was the daughter of John Rowe or Row (c.1702–1778), a substantial Suffolk farmer, and his wife, Margery (c.1710–1756). The couple had two sons while living at Kelsale and moved to ...

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Mary Blandy (1718/19–1752), by Thomas Ryley, after F. Wilson, c. 1740s–50s

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blandy, Mary (1718/19–1752), murderer, was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, the only child of Francis Blandy (c.1689–1751) and Mary Stevens (c.1700–1749), parents so 'excessively fond' of her that they could 'scarce bear her out of their sight...

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Channing [née Brooks], Mary (1687–1706), murderer, was born in May 1687 at Dorchester in Dorset, to Baptist parents, Richard and Elizabeth Brooks. Mary was not baptized until 17 March 1706, four days before her execution. She had one younger brother and one elder, who worked as a silversmith. On 15 January 1705 she married ...

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Churchill [alias Miller], Deborah (1677/1682–1708), murderer, was born 6 miles from Norwich, either in 1682, according to the account by Paul Lorrain, or in 1677, as claimed by Captain Johnson in his account of her life. She became an infamous prostitute and pickpocket, working in and around ...

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John Egan (1754/55–1810) by James Heath, pubd 1811 (after John Comerford) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Egan, John (1754/5–1810), judge and duellist, was probably born in Charleville, co. Cork, the second son of the Revd Dr Carbery Egan (d. in or before 1776), professor of theology. He matriculated, as a sizar, at Trinity College, Dublin, on 23 May 1769, at the age of fourteen. He graduated BA in 1773 and LLB in 1776, and subsequently received the degree of LLD ...

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Enoch ap Evan (c. 1599–1633), murderer, was born at Clun, Shropshire, the elder son of Edward ap Evan (d. 1633), yeoman, and his wife, Joan (c.1561–1633). Enoch and his brother John (c.1602–1633) helped their father farm his holding, and ...

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Fitzgerald, George Robert [called Fighting Fitzgerald] (c. 1746–1786), duellist, was the eldest son of George Fitzgerald (d. 1782) of Turlough, co. Mayo, and Lady Mary Hervey (1725–1815), formerly maid of honour to the Princess Amelia, and sister to three successive earls of Bristol...

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Foulkes, Robert (bap. 1634, d. 1679), Church of England clergyman and murderer, was born at Mallwyd, Montgomeryshire, and baptized on 19 March 1634 at St Tydecho's church there. Nothing is known about his parents. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, matriculating in November 1652, and subsequently became a clergyman. On 7 September 1657 he married ...

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Goodere, Samuel (1687–1741), naval officer and murderer, was born in Charleton, Worcestershire, the youngest son of the three sons and a daughter of Sir Edward Goodere, third baronet (b. in or after 1649, d. 1739), of Burhope, Herefordshire, and his wife, Eleanor...

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James Hackman (bap. 1752, d. 1779) by Robert Laurie, pubd 1779 (after R. Dighton) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hackman, James (bap. 1752, d. 1779), murderer, was baptized on 13 December 1752 at Holy Trinity Church, Gosport, Hampshire. He was the son of William Hackman, a former naval lieutenant, and his wife, Mary. He was apprenticed to a mercer, and at sixteen possibly became a member of ...

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See Herbert, Philip, first earl of Montgomery and fourth earl of Pembroke

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Hopley, Thomas (1819–1876), schoolmaster and convicted homicide, was born at Whitstable, Kent, on 15 February 1819, the third of the four children of Edward Hopley (1780–1841), retired naval surgeon, and his wife, Catherine Cooper Prat (1792–1878), who was descended from a clerical dynasty connected with ...

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Johnston, Sir John, third baronet (1647/8–1690), army officer and kidnapper, was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, the son of Sir George Johnston, second baronet, of Caskieben, Scotland, and his wife, a daughter of Sir William Leslie, third baronet, of Wardes. According to an account written in 1714 ...

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Kent, Constance Emilie (1844–1944), convicted fratricide, was born on 6 February 1844, at Cliff Cottage, Sidmouth, Devon, ninth child of Samuel Savill Kent (1801–1872), sub-inspector of factories in west England, and his first wife, Mary Ann (1809–1852), daughter of Thomas Windus, a Bishopsgate...

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King, Robert, second earl of Kingston (1754–1799), accused murderer and property developer, was the eldest son of Edward King, first earl of Kingston (1726–1797), then MP for Boyle and later for co. Sligo, and his wife, Jane (1737–1784), illegitimate daughter of Thomas Caulfeild...