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Martha Ray (1742?–1779) by Nathaniel Dance, 1777 Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)


Ray, Martha (1742?–1779), singer and murder victim, was born near Covent Garden, London, probably in 1742, though some sources suggest 1745. When she was about fourteen her father, a stay maker, apprenticed her for five years to Mrs Sarah Silver, a maker of mantuas (cloaks) in ...


Squires, Edna May [Dorothy] (1915–1998), popular singer and litigant, was born on 25 March 1915 in a travelling van at Bridge Shop field, Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, to Archibald James Squires, a steelworker, and his wife, Emily, née Rickards. She grew up in Dafan and made her first public appearance as the singer at the ...