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Blair, John (supp. fl. c. 1300), supposed biographer and priest, was the creation of Hary, the late fifteenth-century author of a life of Sir William Wallace (d. 1305). To give authority to his own tendentious and unreliable verse account of his hero's exploits, ...

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England, Thomas Richard (1790–1847), Roman Catholic priest and biographer, the younger son of Thomas England and his wife, Honora Lordan, and brother of John England, bishop of Charleston, was born at Cork. After taking holy orders in the Roman Catholic church he was appointed curate of the church of ...

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Phillips, Thomas (1708–1774), biographer and Roman Catholic priest, was born at Ickford, Buckinghamshire, on 5 July 1708, the eldest of eight sons and one daughter of Thomas Phillips (d. 1742), of Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, and his wife Elizabeth (1676/7-1751), daughter of Johnshall Crosse and ...