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Boaden, James (1762–1839), biographer and playwright, was born on 23 May 1762 in Whitehaven, Cumberland, the only son of William Boaden (1735?–1790) and his wife, Elizabeth. His father (originally from Penryn, Cornwall), a merchant in the Russian trade, took the family to ...

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Whincop, Thomas (1697–1730), playwright and literary biographer, was the only son of Dr Thomas Whincop (d. 1713), rector of St Mary Abchurch, and Judith Hastings (fl. 1694–1712), of Shadwell in Middlesex. He was born in London on 2 June 1697, and baptized three days later in his father's church. Among his relatives may be numbered ...