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Bodie, Walford [real name Samuel Murphy Bodie] (1869–1939), music-hall entertainer, was born on 11 June 1869 at 33 George Street, Aberdeen, the son of William Bodie, journeyman baker, and his wife, Margaret, née Murphy. Educated at Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen, he joined the ...


Dowie, John Alexander (1847–1907), faith healer and leader of a religious group, was born in Leith Street Terrace, Edinburgh, on 25 May 1847, the son of John Dowie, a breeches maker, and his wife, Ann Macfarlan. At a school in Arthur Street, Edinburgh...


Valentine Greatrakes (1629–1683) by William Faithorne the elder, pubd 1666 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Greatrakes, Valentine [nicknamed the Stroker] (1629–1683), faith healer, was born on 14 February 1629 at Affane, co. Waterford, Ireland, the eldest son of William Greatrakes (1573–c.1643), landowner, and his wife, Mary (d. c.1656), daughter of Sir Edward Harris (1575–1636)...