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Adams, Fanny (1859–1867), murder victim and source of a colloquial expression, was born on 30 April 1859 in Tanhouse Lane, Alton, Hampshire, the fourth of seven children of George Adams (b. 1830), a labourer, later a bricklayer, and his wife, Harriet Mills (...

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Clench, Andrew (d. 1692), physician and victim of murder, was the son of Edmund Clench of Ipswich. He matriculated from St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1663, and was created MD at Cambridge by royal mandate on 29 March 1671. Clench was admitted a candidate of the ...

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Dighton, William (1717–1769), excise officer and murder victim, was born in 1717, though further details of his family and early life are unknown. His first post was in Gloucester in 1741; thereafter he worked in Evesham, Worcestershire, and Woodstock, Oxfordshire. By 1758 Dighton...

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Jermy [formerly Preston], Isaac (1789–1848), judge and murder victim, was born on 23 September 1789 as Isaac Preston, the eldest son of George Preston, rector of Beeston St Lawrence, Norfolk. He was educated as a town boy at Westminster School, where his brother ...

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Thomas Thynne (1647/88–1682) by Sir Peter Lely, c. 1673 reproduced by permission of the Marquess of Bath, Longleat House, Wiltshire, Great Britain. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Thynne, Thomas [nicknamed Tom of Ten Thousand] (1647/8–1682), landowner and murder victim, was the only surviving son of Sir Thomas Thynne (1609/10–1669?) of Richmond, Surrey, and his wife, Stuart or Stuarta, daughter of Walter Balcanquhall (c. 1586–1645). He matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford...