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G. F. R. Barker

revised by David Turner

Capper, Joseph (1726/7–1804), eccentric, was born in Cheshire to unknown parents in humble circumstances. At an early age he travelled to London, and, after serving his apprenticeship to a grocer, set up a shop on his own account in Whitechapel. With good business connections ...

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Cruden, Alexander (1699–1770), biblical scholar and eccentric, was born in Aberdeen on 31 May 1699, the second of eleven children of William Cruden (d. 1739), a prominent merchant and bailie in the city, and his wife, Isabel Pyper (d. 1740). He was educated in ...

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Dineley [formerly Dineley-Goodere], Sir John, fifth baronet (c. 1729–1809), eccentric, was born at Burhope, Herefordshire, the younger of twin sons of Samuel Goodere (1687–1741), landowner and naval officer, of Burhope, and his second wife, a widow, Elizabeth, née Watts (d. 1742)...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Anita McConnell

Elwes [formerly Meggott], John (1714–1789), landowner and eccentric, was born on 7 April 1714 in the parish of St James, Westminster, the son of Robert Meggott (d. 1718), landowner and brewer, and his wife, Amee (Amy; d. 1754), daughter of Gervase Elwes...

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Green, Stanley Owen [known as Protein Man] (1915–1993), dietary reformer and author, was born on 22 February 1915 at Harringay, north London, the youngest of the four sons of Richard Green (d. 1966), a bottle-stopper maker's clerk, and his wife, May (...

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Hastings, Henry (bap. 1562, d. 1650), landowner and eccentric, was the second son of George Hastings (d. 1604), who in 1595 became fourth earl of Huntingdon, and his wife, Dorothy Port (d. 1607). His epitaph states that he died on 5 October 1650, aged ninety-nine, so indicating that he was born in 1550 or 1551, but this exaggerates his age. His parents were married in 1557, his elder brother was born in 1560, and ...

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Lewson [née Vaughan], Jane [known as Lady Lewson] (1699/1700?–1816), eccentric and centenarian, is thought to have been born in Essex Street, Strand, London, her maiden name being Vaughan. According to Wilson, she was left in comfortable circumstances by the death in 1726 of her husband, a merchant named ...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Anita McConnell

Martin, William (1772–1851), eccentric and self-proclaimed philosopher, was born on 21 June 1772 at the Twohouse, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, the eldest of four sons of (William) Fenwick Martin (d. 1813), who held several occupations including tanner, publican, coach builder, and fencing master, and his wife, ...

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G. F. R. Barker

revised by George C. Baugh

Mytton, John [Jack] (1796–1834), sportsman and eccentric, born at Halston, Shropshire, on 30 September 1796 and baptized there on 3 October that year, was the only son of John Mytton (1768–1798), landowner, of Halston, and his wife, Sarah Harriet (1774–1853), a younger daughter of ...

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Paget, Dorothy Wyndham (1905–1960), racehorse owner and eccentric, was born on 21 February 1905, at 32 Green Street, Mayfair, London, the second daughter and youngest child of Almeric Hugh Paget, first Baron Queenborough (1861–1949), politician and yachtsman, and Pauline Payne (d. 1916)...

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Simpson, Frederick Arthur (1883–1974), historian and eccentric, was born at Caldbeck in Cumberland on 22 November 1883, the second son in the family of two sons and one daughter of William Frederick Simpson, rector of the parish, and his wife, Frances, daughter of ...

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Wilson, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950), composer and eccentric, was born on 18 September 1883 at Apley Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the only child of Lieutenant (later Commodore) Hugh Tyrwhitt (1856–1907), third son of Baroness Berners, and his wife, Julia Mary (1861–1931)...