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Psalmanazar, George (1679–1763), impostor and author, was born in southern France under a name that is now unknown and to parents whose names, like that of his place of birth, he does not mention in his Memoirs (published posthumously in 1764), the only source of information about his early life. For an important and lengthy period of his life he claimed to be a native of ...


George Psalmanazar (1679–1763) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London


Wraxall, Sir Nathaniel William, first baronet (1751–1831), traveller and memoirist, was born on 8 April 1751 in Queen's Square, Bristol, the only son (there were four daughters) of Nathaniel Wraxall (1725–1781), a merchant of that city, and Anne (d. 1800), daughter of ...