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Blackner, John (1770?–1816), radical and county historian, was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. He served an apprenticeship to a stocking maker in his native town, and there married Sarah, née Brown, sister of a 'respectable' farmer in Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire, with whom he had four sons and three daughters. Illiterate at the time of his marriage, he taught himself to read and write soon after moving to ...


Oldfield, Thomas Hinton Burley (1755–1822), political reformer and historian, was born in Derbyshire. The identity of his parents remains undiscovered and very few details of his personal life are known, except that he fathered several children, two of whom became merchants in Baltimore...


Francis Place (1771–1854) by Samuel Drummond, exh. RA 1833 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Place, Francis (1771–1854), radical and chronicler, was born on 3 November 1771, the illegitimate son of Simon Place and Mary Gray.

Simon Place was by trade a baker who had become the keeper of a '...