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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)...