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Bedloe, William (1650–1680), informer and adventurer, was the second son of Isaac Bedloe (d. 1656). William Bedloe was born in Chepstow on 20 May 1650 and spent his early life both there and in Bristol. Much of his early life was deliberately clouded in obscurity. His own published account of his parentage and ancestry remains dubious. He claimed that his father had been a gentleman soldier who had served the king in the civil wars and whose own father was ...


Blood, Thomas (1617/18–1680), adventurer and spy, was born at Sarney, co. Meath. His early life is obscure, but it was later claimed that his father (who was possibly Neptune Blood) was a blacksmith and ironworker, 'serious, honest and of no inferior credit...


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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 ...