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Blood, Thomas (1617/18–1680), adventurer and spy, was born at Sarney, co. Meath. His early life is obscure, but it was later claimed that his father (who was possibly Neptune Blood) was a blacksmith and ironworker, 'serious, honest and of no inferior credit' (...

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Thomas Blood (1617/1818–1680) by unknown artist The Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge

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Grand, Lawrence Douglas (1898–1975), soldier and intelligence officer, was born on 10 August 1898 at 7 Rose Lane, Wavertree, Liverpool, the elder son of Douglas Henry Grand of Beckenham, a commission merchant, and his wife, Emma Gertrude Chamberlain. He left the sixth form at ...

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Lamport, William [Guillén Lombardo] (1611/1615–1659), soldier and spy, was born in Wexford, Ireland, probably on 25 February 1615, although his brother affirmed that his birth was in 1611. He was the youngest of four children of Richard Lamport (d. 1636?), merchant and scion of a noble Catholic Anglo-Irish family, and his wife, ...

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St Lawrence, Christopher, ninth Baron Howth (d. 1619), soldier and informer, was the eldest son of Nicholas St Lawrence, eighth Baron Howth (d. 1607) [see under St Lawrence, Christopher, seventh Baron Howth], and his wife, Margaret Barnewall, daughter of Sir Christopher Barnewall...