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Armstrong, Eliza (b. 1872), domestic servant and victim of abduction, was born at 9 Charles Street, Lisson Grove, in the Marylebone district of London on 18 April 1872 to Charles Armstrong, a chimney sweep, and Elizabeth, née Chivers, who were married in March 1874. The family later moved to ...

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Bowes, Mary Eleanor, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1749–1800), heiress and victim of kidnapping, was born on 24 February 1749, the only child of George Bowes MP (1701–1760), of Streatlam Castle and Gibside, co. Durham, and his second wife, Mary (d. 1781)...

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Coventry [née Master; other married name Pytts], Anne, countess of Coventry (1691–1788), plaintiff in a marriage settlement case, was born on 21 August 1691 and baptized on 23 August 1691 at St Andrew's, Holborn, Middlesex, the daughter of Sir Streynsham Master (1640–1724)...

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Dalrymple [née Campbell; other married name Primrose], Eleanor, countess of Stair (d. 1759), victim of marital abuse, was the seventh and youngest child of James Campbell, second earl of Loudoun (d. 1684), landowner, and his wife, Lady Margaret Montgomerie, daughter of ...

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Deering [formerly Gandy], John Peter (1787–1850), architect and classical archaeologist, was born on 19 March 1787 and baptized in London on 2 May at St James’s Church, Piccadilly. He was the youngest of the twelve children of Thomas Rowland Gandy (1744–1814) and his wife, ...

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Duston [née Emerson], Hannah (1657–1736?), captive of American Indians, was born in December 1657 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, one of fifteen children born to Michael Emerson, an English shoemaker and immigrant to the Massachusetts Bay colony, and his wife, Hannah, daughter of an original settler of ...

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Edalji, Shapurji (1841/2–1918), Church of England clergyman and victim of racial harassment, was born in Bombay, in late 1841 or early 1842, son of Doralji Edalji, a Parsi merchant. Educated at Elphinstone College, he was converted to Christianity in 1856, aged fourteen, by the ...

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Elliot, Adam (1645/6–1700), Church of England clergyman and slander victim, was born at Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, the son of Henry Elliot, clergyman. He matriculated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on 10 November 1664, aged eighteen, and graduated BA in 1669. Much of what is known about him appears in his memoir, ...

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Erskine [née Chiesley, Cheislie], Rachel, Lady Grange (bap. 1679, d. 1745), victim of abduction, was the daughter of John Cheislie (d. 1689) of Dalry and Margaret Nicholson; she was baptized on 4 February 1679 at Edinburgh. On 31 March 1689 her father shot dead ...

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Rachel Erskine, Lady Grange (bap. 1679, d. 1745) attrib. Sir John Baptiste de Medina in the collection of the Earl of Mar and Kellie; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Yvonne Joyce Fletcher (1958–1984) by unknown photographer, 1984 Rex Features

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Fletcher, Yvonne Joyce (1958–1984), police officer, was born on 15 June 1958 at 4 Kingsettle Estate, Semley, Wiltshire, the eldest of four daughters of Michael Henry James Fletcher, timber feller, and his wife, Queenie May, née Troke. Brought up in Semley, where she sang in the church choir, she was educated nearby at ...

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Hathaway, Richard (fl. 1696–1702), alleged victim of witchcraft, details of whose parents and upbringing are unknown, moved to Southwark about 1696 to be apprenticed to Thomas Welling, blacksmith. According to the testimony of a neighbour, Hathaway had suffered from convulsive fits before moving into the house of ...

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Hugh of Lincoln [St Hugh of Lincoln, Little St Hugh] (c. 1246–1255), supposed victim of crucifixion, was the son of Beatrice of Lincoln. He is known as Little St Hugh to distinguish him from St Hugh, bishop of Lincoln (1140?–1200). His death, in all probability accidental, and most likely on 27 August 1255, was the catalyst for the accusation of ritual murder aimed at the Jewish community of ...

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Langhorne, Richard (c. 1624–1679), barrister and victim of the Popish Plot, was probably born in London, the son of Richard Langhorne (d. 1635), an apothecary in London, and Dorothy Legate (b. 1606), daughter of Thomas Legate of Havering atte Bower, Essex...

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Lee [née Dashwood], Rachel Fanny Antonina (1773?–1829), alleged victim of abduction, was an illegitimate daughter of Francis Dashwood, eleventh Baron Le Despencer (1708–1781); her mother, who had been for eleven years Dashwood's companion, eventually became Mrs Barry. She was probably born in December 1773, but if ...

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Lindow Man (fl. 1st cent.?) by unknown photographer © The Trustees of the British Museum