Bolron, Robert (fl. 1665–1682), informer and perjurer, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. Apprenticed to a jeweller in London, he left after a year to become a foot soldier at Tynemouth Castle. During the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665–7) he served on a frigate. In 1674 ...
Richard L. Greaves
Ivie, Edward (d. 1698), informer and coiner, was the youngest son of Thomas Ivie of Wincanton, Somerset, where his father and elder brother served as parish officers. His uncle was the puritan activist and civic reformer John Ivie of Salisbury, who made his view of ...
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Toplis, (Francis) Percy [called the Monocled Mutineer] (1896–1920), confidence trickster and supposed mutineer, was born on 22 August 1896 at Sanforth Street, Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the son of Herbert Toplis, assurance collector, and his wife, Rejoice Elizabeth Webster. In 1908, at the age of eleven, he tricked a clothier into giving him two suits on approval, and pawned one for ...