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Planché, James Robinson (1796–1880), playwright and herald, was born on 27 February 1796 at Old Burlington Street, Piccadilly, London, the son of Jacques Planché (1734–1816), a watchmaker, and his wife, Catherine Emily, née Planché (d. 1804), who were first cousins and descendants of Huguenot refugees. Initially educated by his mother at home, where he spoke French, ...