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Fagon, Alfred (1937–1986), actor, playwright, and poet, was born on 25 June 1937 in Clarendon, Jamaica, where his parents were smallholders and also kept a post office and store. He had eight brothers and two sisters. After leaving school at thirteen he worked with his father as a cultivator on his orange plantation....

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Alfred Fagon (1937–1986), by Andra Nelki

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G. C. Boase

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Usher, Richard (1785–1843), clown and theatre designer, was the son of the owner of a ‘mechanical exhibition’ who travelled in the north of England and in Ireland. From an early age he shared in the management of this exhibition. He inherited his father's talent for constructing curious contrivances, and a spirit of adventure soon led him to set up business on his own account. With a friend he gave exhibitions in ...

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Worsley, Thomas (1711–1778), architect and equestrian, was born, probably in London, on 15 July 1711, the eldest of nine children of Thomas Worsley (1686–1751) of Hovingham, Yorkshire, landowner and MP, and his first wife, Mary (d. 1728), daughter of Sir Thomas Frankland...