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

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Lindow Man (fl. 1st cent.?), victim of ritual sacrifice, colloquially named Pete Marsh or the Body in the Bog, was found in Lindow Moss, near Wilmslow, Cheshire, in August 1984. A Celt, probably of the Brigantes tribe, he was a ritual sacrifice whose remains were deposited in a peat bog. The skin, hair, fingernails, bone collagen, and some internal organs had been preserved by the tannins of the sphagnum moss....

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Macdonald, Alexander, of Glencoe [Alasdair Maciain; called Alasdair Ruaidh] (d. 1692), clan chief and victim of massacre, was probably born in Glencoe between the early 1620s and early 1630s, the son of Alexander Macdonald (Alasdair Maciain; d. in or after 1657), who by 1627 was chief (reputedly eleventh chief) of a branch of the clan ...

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Marriott, William [John, Ben] (d. 1653), reputed gourmand and lawyer, was the son of John Marriott of Ashton, Northamptonshire. He is known variously as John (the name given him in the pamphlets which made him notorious) and Ben (the name under which he appears in the anecdotes retailed in ...

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Petre, William, fourth Baron Petre (1625/6–1684), nobleman and victim of the Popish Plot, was the eldest son of Robert Petre, third Baron Petre (1599–1638), and Mary (1603–1685), daughter of Anthony Browne, second Viscount Montagu. Although his twin brother, John, quickly sickened and died ...

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Thomas Pickering (1621?–1679) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pickering, Thomas (1621?–1679), Benedictine monk and victim of the Popish Plot, was probably born in 1621 as a member of the Pickering family of the barony of Kendal in Westmorland. His father was killed during the civil wars. He made his profession as a lay brother of ...

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Porteous, John (c. 1695–1736), army officer and victim of crowd violence, was probably born in the burgh of the Canongate, Edinburgh, the son of Stephen Porteous, a tailor. Little is known of his early life other than that he served in the army in ...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Sarah Carr

Staley [Stayley], William (d. 1678), victim of the Popish Plot, was the son of William Staley, a goldsmith and banker. He was raised abroad as a Roman Catholic, where it was polemically assumed that with 'too much familiarity with the Jesuits, [he] had imbid'd some of there desperate Principles...

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Peter Williamson (1730–1799) by unknown engraver, pubd 1759 [in the dress of a Native American of Delaware] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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P. J. Anderson

revised by A. W. Parker

Williamson, Peter (1730–1799), publisher and adventurer, son of James Williamson, crofter, was born at Hirnley in the parish of Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. At the age of ten, while living with an aunt in Aberdeen, he was kidnapped by a merchant and transported to the American plantations, where he was sold for a period of seven years to a fellow countryman in ...