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Higgins, Francis [called the Sham Squire] (1746–1802), newspaper proprietor and spy, was born in Dublin, the son of Patrick Higgins, an attorney's clerk, and his wife, Mary; his parents had moved there from Downpatrick, co. Down. Higgins passed his early years in menial employments, became an attorney's clerk, by report converted to protestantism, though his name is not found in the official list of converts (and his later reconversion to Roman Catholicism is alluded to), and, through deception, married an heiress, ...

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Jackson, William [pseud. Scrutineer] (1737?–1795), journalist and spy, was born in Dublin, the son of an officer in the prerogative court. After studying at Oxford he was ordained and he moved to London, where he acted as a curate at St Mary-le-Strand...

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Kemp, Peter Mant MacIntyre (1915–1993), intelligence officer and journalist, was born on 19 August 1915 in Bombay, India, the younger son of Sir Norman Wright Kemp (d. 1937), chief judge of the small cause court and later chief judge of the high court...

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McLachlan, Donald Harvey (1908–1971), journalist and intelligence officer, was born in London at Flat 6, 23 Cathcart Hill, Islington, on 25 September 1908, the only child of David James McLachlan, a hotel manager, and his wife, Elizabeth Hine. From the City of London School...

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Rose, Eliot Joseph Benn [Jim] (1909–1999), intelligence officer and journalist, was born Eliot Joseph Benn Rosenheim on 7 June 1909 at 43 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London, in the family of two sons and two daughters of Ernest Albert Rosenheim, later Rose (1879–1976)...

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Steer, George Lowther (1909–1944), journalist and army intelligence officer, was born on 22 November 1909 at Mrs Wheeler's Nursing Home, Alexandra Road, Cambridge, East London, Cape Colony, South Africa, the only child of Bernard Augustine Steer (1880–1952), newspaper manager, and his wife, Emma Cecilia Armitage Nutt (1884–1960)...