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Bertram, Charles Julius (1723–1765), literary forger, was born in London, the son of a silk dyer who moved with his family to Copenhagen at an unknown date. Nothing else is known of his family or educational background, other than that he had a brother who died at sea in 1752. ...

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Blake [née Boucher], Catherine Sophia (1762–1831), wife and assistant to William Blake, was born in Battersea, Surrey, on 25 April 1762, and baptized there at St Mary's Church on 16 May 1762, the thirteenth child of William Boucher (1714–1794), a market gardener, and his wife, ...

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Bodwrda, William (1592/3–1660), Church of England clergyman and manuscript copyist, was the second son and one of thirteen children of Huw Gwyn Bodwrda (c.1573–1622), landowner, of Bodwrda, Aberdaron, Caernarvonshire, and Elsbeth Gwyn (d. 1637) of Berth-ddu in the Conwy valley...

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Bulstrode, Cecily (bap. 1584, d. 1609), courtier and subject of poetry, was baptized on 12 February 1584 at Beaconsfield, one of the ten children of Edward Bulstrode (d. 1595), landowner, and his wife, Cecily (fl. 1575–1608), daughter of Sir John Croke...

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Chabot, Charles (bap. 1815, d. 1882), graphologist, was born in Battersea, Surrey, and baptized on 19 March 1815 at St Mary's, Battersea, the second of the three children of Charles Chabot, a lithographer, and his wife, Amy (or Amey), née Pearson; the family was Huguenot. He began as a lithographer in ...

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Cock, George (bap. 1615, d. 1679), merchant and friend of Samuel Pepys, was baptized at All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 25 April 1615, the son of Garrett Cocke. His family were deeply involved in trade and after his apprenticeship in 1631 to a corn merchant he became an influential and active member of the ...

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Collier, Margaret (1719–1794?), correspondent of Samuel Richardson, was born in Salisbury, the youngest of four children of Margaret Johnson (d. 1749) and Arthur Collier (1680–1732), the metaphysician. Her sister, Jane Collier (bap. 1715, d. 1755), collaborated with Sarah Fielding on The Cry...

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Combe [formerly Combes], William (1742–1823), writer and literary imitator, was born in London on 25 March 1742, the son of Robert Combes (d. 1756), a prosperous wholesale ironmonger, and his wife, Susanna Hill (d. 1748), daughter of a wealthy Quaker merchant with interests in the ...

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William Combe (1742–1823) by George Dance, 1793 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davies, Margaret [Marged Dafydd] (c. 1700–1785?), Welsh-language poet and copyist, was the daughter of Dafydd or David Evans (d. 1729) of Coetgae-du, Trawsfynydd, Meirioneth, and his wife, Ann Dafydd (c.1664–1726). Little is known about the early life of Margaret Davies...

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Davies, Scrope Berdmore (1782–1852), dandy and friend of Lord Byron, was born towards the end of 1782 in Horsley, Gloucestershire, and baptized there on new year's day 1783, the second son in the family of six sons and four daughters of the Revd Richard Davies (1747–1825)...

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Diodati, Charles (1609/10–1638), friend of John Milton, was born in Middlesex, probably in Brentford, the son of Theodore Diodati (1573–1651), a physician of Tuscan descent; his mother was an Englishwoman whose name is not known. By September 1618 he was living in London...

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William Dodd (1729–1777) by John Russell, 1769 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dodd, William [nicknamed the Macaroni Parson] (1729–1777), Church of England clergyman and forger, was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire, the eldest of the six children of the Revd William Dodd (1703?–1757), vicar of Bourne. He was probably born on 29 May 1729 (...

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Donne, John, the younger (1604–1662/3), author and literary executor, was born about May 1604, the son of John Donne (1572–1631), poet and dean of St Paul's, and his wife, Ann More. He was educated at Westminster School, and proceeded to Christ Church, Oxford...

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Ellis, John (1698–1791), scrivener and poet, was born on 22 March 1698 in the parish of St Clement Danes, London, one of four known children of James Ellis and Susannah Philpot. His mother was a 'fanatical dissenter' (DNB) and his upbringing turned him against nonconformity. His restless, eccentric father worked on the fringes of the legal profession. ...

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John Ellis (1698–1791) by William Pether, 1781 (after Thomas Frye, 1761) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elphinstone [née Thrale], Hester Maria, Viscountess Keith (1764–1857), protégée of Samuel Johnson, the eldest daughter of Henry Thrale (1728–1781), brewer, and his wife, Hester, afterwards Mrs Piozzi (1741–1821), was born on 17 September 1764 at Southwark, London. Dr Johnson, a friend of the family from 1765, called her ...

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Forman, Henry Buxton [Harry] (1842–1917), bibliographer and forger, was born on 11 July 1842 at Camden Place, Southampton Street, Camberwell, the third son and fifth child of the eight children of George Ellery Forman (1800–1867), naval surgeon, and his wife, Maria Courthorpe (1805–1888)...