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Ayscu, Sir Edward (1596–1654?)  

See Ayscu [Ayscough], Edward

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Basset, William (d. in or after 1185), justice and sheriff  

Ralph V. Turner

Basset, William (d. in or after 1185), justice and sheriff, was a younger son of Richard Basset (d. in or before 1144) and grandson of Ralph Basset (d. 1127?), who were among the new men staffing Henry I's government. His mother was Matilda...

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Beauchamp, William de (1100x10–1170), sheriff and baron  

Emma Mason

Beauchamp, William de (1100x10–1170), sheriff and baron, was the eldest son of Walter (I) de Beauchamp (d. 1130/31) of Elmley Castle, sheriff of Worcestershire, and his wife, reputedly named Emmeline, the daughter and eventual heir of Urse d'Abetot, sheriff of Worcester, and eventual heir of about half the land of her paternal uncle, ...

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Beauchamp, William de [William de Beauchamp of Bedford] (c. 1185–1260), judge and sheriff  

Emma Mason

Beauchamp, William de [William de Beauchamp of Bedford] (c. 1185–1260), judge and sheriff, was the son of Simon de Beauchamp (c. 1145–1206/7) [see under Beauchamp, de, family] and his wife, Isabella, whose antecedents are unknown. William's first wife, Gunnora (d...

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Bell, Henry Glassford (1803–1874), writer and sheriff  

Michael S. Moss

Bell, Henry Glassford (1803–1874), writer and sheriff, was born in Glasgow on 8 November 1803, the eldest son of James Bell (d. 1826), advocate, and his wife Janet (1780–1855), daughter of the Revd James Hamilton of Cathcart. Jonathan Anderson Bell, the architect, was his brother and ...

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Bell, John Montgomerie (1804–1862), lawyer and sheriff  

T. F. Henderson

revised by Eric Metcalfe

Bell, John Montgomerie (1804–1862), lawyer and sheriff, was born at Paisley and educated at the Paisley grammar school. He studied at the University of Glasgow and was called to the Edinburgh bar in 1825. A poem which he wrote soon afterwards, 'The Martyr of Liberty'...

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Bolland, James (c. 1727–1772), sheriff's officer and forger  

Page Life

Bolland, James (c. 1727–1772), sheriff's officer and forger, was probably born in the parish of St Olave, Southwark, reputedly the son of a butcher, who, according to A True and Genuine Account of the Life (1772), died while Bolland was a child; his mother, who survived her husband, supported herself and ...

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Bond, William (d. 1576)  

See Bond, Martin

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Braybrooke [Braybroc], Henry of (d. 1234), sheriff and justice  

George Garnett

Braybrooke [Braybroc], Henry of (d. 1234), sheriff and justice, was the only son of Robert of Braybrooke, who had risen from obscurity late in Richard I's reign to become, under King John, sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland, and who accumulated under-tenancies concentrated in ...

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Caxton, Jeremy of (d. 1249), sheriff and justice  

David Crook

Caxton, Jeremy of (d. 1249), sheriff and justice, was probably a relative of Geoffrey of Caxton, a knight active in Cambridgeshire affairs in the 1230s and 1240s, perhaps a younger brother or cousin. Both took their name from the Cambridgeshire village of Caxton...

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de Cigoné, Engelard (d. 1244), sheriff and administrator  

Nicholas Vincent

de Cigoné, Engelard (d. 1244), sheriff and administrator, achieved notoriety for his inclusion in clause 50 of Magna Carta (1215) as one of the alien Frenchmen, associates, and in several cases kinsmen of Girard d’Athée, who under the terms of the charter were immediately to be deprived of their offices and custodies. Presumed a native of ...

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Fitzgerald, Sir Thomas Judkin-, first baronet (1754–1810), lawyer and sheriff  

Robert Dunlop

revised by Thomas P. Power

Fitzgerald, Sir Thomas Judkin-, first baronet (1754–1810), lawyer and sheriff, was born on 5 May 1754, the second son of Robert Uniacke-Fitzgerald, of Corkbeg, co. Cork, Ireland, and Frances Judkin, daughter of John Judkin of Greenhills, co. Tipperary. His father, born Robert Uniacke...

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Fitzwilliam, Sir William (1460?–1534), merchant tailor and sheriff of London  

Matthew Davies

Fitzwilliam, Sir William (1460?–1534), merchant tailor and sheriff of London, may have been a younger son of John and Ellen Fitzwilliam of Milton and Greens Norton in Northamptonshire. He began his career in London and was a servant to Sir John, husband of ...

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Hitchen, Charles (c. 1675–1727?), thief-taker and marshal of the City of London  

J. M. Beattie

Hitchen, Charles (c. 1675–1727?), thief-taker and marshal of the City of London, is of unknown parentage and background. He was apprenticed as a cabinet-maker and practised that trade for some years. In 1703 he married Elizabeth, the daughter of John Wells of King's Walden, Hertfordshire...

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Markham, Gervase (1557–1637), sheriff  

Matthew Steggle

Markham, Gervase (1557–1637), sheriff, was born at Laneham, Nottinghamshire, the son of Ellis Markham (d. 1578), gentleman and former member of parliament for the county, and Rosamund Frecheville. His Nottinghamshire origins and military service have often caused confusion, since they make him difficult to distinguish from his namesake ...

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McDaniel, Stephen (fl. 1741–1755), thief-taker  

Ruth Paley

McDaniel, Stephen (fl. 1741–1755), thief-taker, was born in Ireland. Little is known of his personal life: by trade he was a sword cutler, but he was also an officer at Marshalsea prison and at one time kept a public house in Scroop's Court, Holborn, London...

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Rewse, Bodenham (bap. 1668, d. 1725), thief-taker and prison warden  

Tim Wales

Rewse, Bodenham (bap. 1668, d. 1725), thief-taker and prison warden, was baptized at Keyston, Huntingdonshire, on 19 November 1668, the third son, and youngest child of at least five, of the rector there, Richard Rewse (1628/9–1680), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, ...

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Speirs, (Robert Cunningham) Graham (1797–1847), Sheriff of Midlothian  

Lionel Alexander Ritchie

Speirs, (Robert Cunningham) Graham (1797–1847), Sheriff of Midlothian, was born on 15 June 1797, and baptized at Fintry, Stirlingshire, on 11 July 1797, the second son of Peter Speirs (1761–1829) of Culcreuch and his wife Martha Harriett, née Graham...

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Wild, Jonathan (bap. 1683, d. 1725), thief-taker  

Andrea McKenzie

Wild, Jonathan (bap. 1683, d. 1725), thief-taker, was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, and baptized on 6 May 1683. He was the eldest of five children of 'mean but honest Parents': his father, possibly John Wyld, was a carpenter who probably died about 1699; his mother (...

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Jonathan Wild (bap. 1683, d. 1725) by Thomas Cook, pubd 1819 (after unknown artist, 1725) © National Portrait Gallery, London