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Eaton, Gertrude (1863–1940), musician, suffragist, and international penal reformer, was born at Brynmor, Swansea, on 6 December 1863, the sixth child and fifth daughter of Robert Eaton of Bryn-y-mor, gentleman and justice of the peace for county of Glamorgan, and his wife, Helen Edith, ...

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Gordon, Aloysius Lincoln [Lucky] (1931–2017), petty criminal, singer, and cook, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on 6 May 1931, reputedly one of twenty-one children of Alfred Gordon, cook. He earned his nickname because his mother had a small ‘pools’ win on the day he was born. Few who encountered him outside his extended family counted themselves lucky to have done so....

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Hopkinson, Francis (1737–1791), musician, jurist, and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 2 October 1737 in Philadelphia and baptized at Christ Church, son of Thomas Hopkinson (1709–1751), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Johnson (1718–1804), both recent émigrés from England. He was among the first generation of native-born Americans trained to cultivate the arts and sciences on their own soil. Most were gentlemen amateurs who dabbled in many arts and mastered none. ...

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MacPherson, James (c. 1675–1700), thief and reputed musician, is said to have been an illegitimate son of the family of Invershie, Inverness-shire. He was described as 'the son of a gentleman … [and] a gipsy mother', who became 'the leader of one of the gangs of cattle-lifters which roamed over the Province of ...