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Ray, Martha (1742?–1779), singer and murder victim, was born near Covent Garden, London, probably in 1742, though some sources suggest 1745. When she was about fourteen her father, a stay maker, apprenticed her for five years to Mrs Sarah Silver, a maker of mantuas (cloaks) in ...


Martha Ray (1742?–1779) by Nathaniel Dance, 1777 Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)


Squires, Edna May [Dorothy] (1915–1998), popular singer and litigant, was born on 25 March 1915 in a travelling van at Bridge Shop field, Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, to Archibald James Squires, a steelworker, and his wife, Emily, née Rickards. She grew up in Dafan and made her first public appearance as the singer at the ...