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Mary Carleton (1634x4242–1673) by T. Thrumten Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Carleton [née Moders], Mary [nicknamed the German Princess] (1634x42–1673), impostor, is recorded in contradictory texts, making the accuracy of information about her origins difficult to ascertain. She was probably born Mary Moders in 1642 and baptized on 22 January; however, she is also recorded as being born eight years earlier, while ...

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Elizabeth Chudleigh (c. 1720–1788) by Thomas Gainsborough Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Chudleigh, Elizabeth [married namesElizabeth Hervey, countess of Bristol; Elizabeth Pierrepont, duchess of Kingston upon Hull] (c. 1720–1788), courtier and bigamist, was born probably at the family estate of Ashton, Devon. She was the younger daughter and youngest child of Colonel Thomas Chudleigh (...

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Phillips [other married name Pope], Judith [alias Doll] (fl. 1595), confidence trickster and thief, was a celebrated rogue who preyed on the unwary in London and southern England in the late sixteenth century. Her parentage, place of birth, and death are not known. She was married to one ...

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Rudd [née Youngson], Margaret Caroline (b. c. 1745, d. in or before 1798?), courtesan and accused forger, was born in Lurgan, co. Armagh. Much was written of her life and exploits but little can be verified. Her father, Patrick Youngson, was reported to have been an apothecary; her mother, ...

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Spencer [married name Dowling or Dawlin], Barbara (c. 1697–1721), coiner, was born of 'mean parents' in the parish of St Giles Cripplegate, in London (Lives, 1.46). One of the more obscure figures in the criminal annals of the eighteenth century, very little is known of her early life. ...