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Fleming, Alice [née Lady Alice Fitzgerald], Lady Slane (b. c. 1508, d. in or after 1540), conspirator, was the daughter of Gerald Fitzgerald, ninth earl of Kildare (1487–1534), chief governor of Ireland, and his first wife, Elizabeth Zouche (d. 1517). She was apparently the second of four daughters and a son—...

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Gaunt, Elizabeth (d. 1685), conspirator and convicted traitor, and her husband, William, were both deeply involved in London whig and dissenting politics in the early 1680s, when they emerge from obscurity. They were residents of the parish of St Mary, Whitechapel, and well known about ...

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Lisle, Lady Alice [née Alice Beconsawe] (c. 1614–1685), supposed traitor, was born at Moyles Court, Ellingham, Hampshire, the second daughter of Sir White Beconshaw (or Beconsawe; d. 1638), a local landowner and ship money sheriff for Hampshire. Her mother's identity is unknown. ...

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Melita Stedman Norwood (1912–2005) by Chris Harris, 1999 © Chris Harris / Rex Features

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Norwood [née Sirnis], Melita Stedman [Letty] (1912–2005), spy, was born on 25 March 1912 at 402 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, the elder daughter of (Peter) Alexander Sirnis (1881–1918), estate manager, and his wife, Gertrude Elizabeth Gurney, née Stedman (1878–1967), cobbler. An elder brother, ...

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Katherine Stuart, Lady Aubigny (d. 1650) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, c. 1638 Widener Collection, Photograph © 2004 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Stuart [née Howard], Katherine, Lady Aubigny [other married name Katherine Livingston, Viscountess Newburgh] (d. 1650), conspirator, was the daughter of Theophilus Howard, second earl of Suffolk (1584–1640), and Lady Elizabeth Home (c.1599–1633), daughter of George Home, earl of Dunbar...

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Webster [née Bevan], Nesta Helen (1875–1960), conspiracy theorist, was born on 14 August 1875 at Trent Park, Enfield, Middlesex, the ninth daughter and last of sixteen children of Robert Cooper Lee Bevan (1809–1890), banker, by whose second wife, Emma Frances (1827–1909), she was the sixth daughter and ninth child. Her maternal grandfather was ...