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Cotter, James (c. 1689–1720), Jacobite agitator and rapist, was born in co. Cork, Ireland, the eldest of seven children of Sir James Cotter (d. 1705), army officer and colonial administrator, and his second wife, Ellen Plunkett (d. 1698), daughter of Lord Louth...

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Hadfield, James (1771/2–1841), assailant of George III, is of unknown parentage. Critically wounded at the battle of Roubaix in 1794, he sustained eight sabre wounds to his head before being captured by the French. After making his way back to England, he fell under the sway of a millenarian cult, becoming convinced that his death at the hands of the state would effect the second coming. ...

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Hopley, Thomas (1819–1876), schoolmaster and convicted homicide, was born at Whitstable, Kent, on 15 February 1819, the third of the four children of Edward Hopley (1780–1841), retired naval surgeon, and his wife, Catherine Cooper Prat (1792–1878), who was descended from a clerical dynasty connected with ...

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Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile (1926–2011) by unknown photographer, 1979 © Dobson Agency / Rex Features

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Savile, Sir James Wilson Vincent [Jimmy] (1926–2011), disc jockey, broadcaster, and sexual predator, was born into an impoverished Roman Catholic family on 31 October 1926 at 64 Wellclose Grove, Leeds, the youngest child in the family of four girls and three boys of ...

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Touchet, Mervin, second earl of Castlehaven (1593–1631), convicted rapist and sodomite, was the eldest son of George Touchet, eleventh Baron Audley in the English peerage and from September 1616, for the last five months of his life, first earl of Castlehaven in the peerage of Ireland...

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Weir, Thomas (d. 1670), criminal and reputed sorcerer, was the son of Thomas Weir of Kirkton, near Carluke in Lanarkshire. At the time of his trial in 1670 he was described as 'past the age of 70' and 'of great age...