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Basset, William (d. in or after 1185), justice and sheriff, was a younger son of Richard Basset (d. in or before 1144) and grandson of Ralph Basset (d. 1127?), who were among the new men staffing Henry I's government. His mother was Matilda...

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Beauchamp, William de (1100x10–1170), sheriff and baron, was the eldest son of Walter (I) de Beauchamp (d. 1130/31) of Elmley Castle, sheriff of Worcestershire, and his wife, reputedly named Emmeline, the daughter and eventual heir of Urse d'Abetot, sheriff of Worcester, and eventual heir of about half the land of her paternal uncle, ...

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Beauchamp, William de [William de Beauchamp of Bedford] (c. 1185–1260), judge and sheriff, was the son of Simon de Beauchamp (c. 1145–1206/7) [see under Beauchamp, de, family] and his wife, Isabella, whose antecedents are unknown. William's first wife, Gunnora (d...

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Bell, Henry Glassford (1803–1874), writer and sheriff, was born in Glasgow on 8 November 1803, the eldest son of James Bell (d. 1826), advocate, and his wife Janet (1780–1855), daughter of the Revd James Hamilton of Cathcart. Jonathan Anderson Bell, the architect, was his brother and ...

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Braybrooke [Braybroc], Henry of (d. 1234), sheriff and justice, was the only son of Robert of Braybrooke, who had risen from obscurity late in Richard I's reign to become, under King John, sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland, and who accumulated under-tenancies concentrated in ...

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Caxton, Jeremy of (d. 1249), sheriff and justice, was probably a relative of Geoffrey of Caxton, a knight active in Cambridgeshire affairs in the 1230s and 1240s, perhaps a younger brother or cousin. Both took their name from the Cambridgeshire village of Caxton...

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Fitzgerald, Sir Thomas Judkin-, first baronet (1754–1810), lawyer and sheriff, was born on 5 May 1754, the second son of Robert Uniacke-Fitzgerald, of Corkbeg, co. Cork, Ireland, and Frances Judkin, daughter of John Judkin of Greenhills, co. Tipperary. His father, born Robert Uniacke...

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Fitzwilliam, Sir William (1460?–1534), merchant tailor and sheriff of London, may have been a younger son of John and Ellen Fitzwilliam of Milton and Greens Norton in Northamptonshire. He began his career in London and was a servant to Sir John, husband of ...

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Hitchen, Charles (c. 1675–1727?), thief-taker and marshal of the City of London, is of unknown parentage and background. He was apprenticed as a cabinet-maker and practised that trade for some years. In 1703 he married Elizabeth, the daughter of John Wells of King's Walden, Hertfordshire...

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Rewse, Bodenham (d. 1725), thief-taker and prison warden, is of unknown parentage. He married Thomasine Springwell in Lincoln's Inn chapel, Holborn, London, in 1690 or 1691. Rewse was an embroiderer, living in September 1693 in Bow Street, Bloomsbury; the most reliable records place him in 1696 in ...

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Speirs, (Robert Cunningham) Graham (1797–1847), Sheriff of Midlothian, was born on 15 June 1797, and baptized at Fintry, Stirlingshire, on 11 July 1797, the second son of Peter Speirs (1761–1829) of Culcreuch and his wife Martha Harriett, née Graham...

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Jonathan Wild (bap. 1683, d. 1725) by Thomas Cook, pubd 1819 (after unknown artist, 1725) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wild, Jonathan (bap. 1683, d. 1725), thief-taker, was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, and baptized on 6 May 1683. He was the eldest of five children of 'mean but honest Parents': his father, possibly John Wyld, was a carpenter who probably died about 1699; his mother (...