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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, ...


James Robinson Planché (1796–1880) by Henry Perronet Briggs, exh. RA 1835 Garrick Club / the art archive


Smith, William (c. 1550–1618), herald and playwright, was born in Oldhaugh, Cheshire, one of the nine children of Randall Smith (d. 1584) of Oldhaugh and his first wife, Jane (d. 1562), daughter of Ralph Bostock of Norcroft, Cheshire. Anthony Wood supposed that ...