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Bradshaw, John (b. 1658/9), convicted criminal, was born in Maidstone, Kent, the son of Alban Bradshaw, an attorney. He matriculated on 23 February 1674, aged fifteen, from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and was admitted as a scholar on 20 April.

It was later charged that early in the morning of 13 July 1677 ...

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Cockburn, William, of Henderland (d. 1530), criminal, enjoyed a laird's status in the Scottish borders, holding the twenty-pound land of Henderland and Sunderland in Peeblesshire and Selkirkshire, with tower and chapel. He preferred, however, to make his living from theft, blackmail, and collusion with Englishmen during the minority of ...

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Hanratty, James Francis (1936–1962), petty criminal and convicted murderer, was born on 4 October 1936 in the County Hospital, Farnborough, near Orpington, Kent, the eldest of four sons of James Hanratty (1907–1978), labourer and dustman, and his wife, Mary Wilson.

He attended St James's Roman Catholic school...

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Moleyns [Molyns, Molines], Sir John (d. 1360), administrator and criminal, was the son of Vincent Moleyns and his wife, Isabella; he came from Hampshire, where his father had stood surety for a knight of the shire returned to parliament in 1301. His recorded career began in the royal household, as an adherent of the ...

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Montagu, Edward Wortley (1713–1776), traveller and criminal, was born in London on 16 May 1713, the elder child and only son of Edward Wortley Montagu (1678–1761), MP, diplomat, and entrepreneur, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (bap. 1689, d. 1762), writer and traveller. In 1716 ...

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Poulson, John Garlick Llewellyn (1910–1993), architect and criminal, was born on 14 April 1910 at Hill Top, Knottingley, near Pontefract, Yorkshire, the elder of the two sons of Charles Ernest Austrick Poulson, an earthenware manufacturer and lay Methodist preacher, and his wife, Sarah Garlick...

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Scott, John (1632?–1704), adventurer and spy, may have been born at Ashford, Kent, in 1632, the son of a royalist colonel, John Scott, but his origins and early life are uncertain. According to his own later account, having committed some misdemeanours against parliamentary soldiers ...

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Skeffington, Clotworthy, second earl of Massereene (1742–1805), landowner and debtor, was the son of Clotworthy Skeffington, sixth viscount and first earl of Massereene (d. 1757), and his second wife, Anne, daughter of Henry Eyre of Rowter, Derbyshire. He was born on 28 January 1742 in ...

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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...