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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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Craig, William [Bill] (1924–2011), solicitor and politician, was born on 2 December 1924 in Old Town Street, Cookstown, co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, the son of John Craig, bank manager, and his wife, Mary Kathleen, née Lamont. Educated at Dungannon Royal School and Larne grammar school...

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Crippen, Hawley Harvey (1862–1910), murderer, was born in Coldwater, Michigan, the only child of storekeeper Myron Augustus Crippen (1827–1910) and his wife, Andresse Skinner (d. 1909). After studying in Michigan, London, and the Homoeopathic Hospital College, Cleveland, Ohio, he qualified as a homoeopathic doctor in 1884. In 1887 he married a nurse, ...

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Heath, Neville George Clevely (1917–1946), murderer, was born on 6 June 1917 at 15 Dudley Road, Ilford, Essex, the elder son of William George Heath, a soft goods traveller, and his wife, Bessie Louise, née Clevely. His father claimed descent from James Heath...

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Johnson, Maurice (1688–1755), antiquary and barrister, was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on 19 June 1688, the eldest surviving son (a boy had been stillborn on 20 August 1685) of the seven children of Maurice Johnson (1661–1747), landowner, and his wife, Jane, née Johnson (1666–1703)...

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Kennedy, Thomas, ninth earl of Cassillis (1726–1775), smuggler and landowner, was born on 12 February 1726, the seventeenth child and second surviving son of Sir John Kennedy of Culzean, second baronet (d. 1742), and Jean Douglas (d. 1767), daughter of Andrew Douglas...

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Lowry, Robert Lynd Erskine, Baron Lowry of Crossgar (1919–1999), judge, was born on 30 January 1919 in Belfast, the only son of William Lowry (d. 1949), lawyer, politician, and judge, and his wife, Catherine Hughes Lynd, daughter of the Revd Dr Robert John Lynd...

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Ludlow, John Malcolm Forbes (1821–1911), lawyer and social activist, was born in Neemuch, India, on 8 March 1821, the youngest in the family of two sons and three daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel John Ludlow of the East India Company, and his wife, Maria Jane...

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Maybrick [née Chandler], Florence Elizabeth (1862–1941), convicted poisoner, was born on 2 September 1862 at Mobile, Alabama, USA, the only daughter of William G. Chandler, banker, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of Darius Blake Holbrook. At the age of eighteen in 1881 she married an English cotton broker, ...

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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 ...

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Romilly, Sir Samuel (1757–1818), lawyer and politician, was born on 1 March 1757 in Frith Street, Soho, London, the youngest of the nine children of Peter Romilly (1712–1784) and his wife, Margaret Garnault (d. 1796). Both the Romilly and Garnault families had emigrated to ...

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Scrope, Adrian (1601–1660), army officer and regicide, was born at Wormsley Hall in Oxfordshire, the son of Robert Scrope and Margaret Cornwall, daughter of Richard Cornwall of London; he was baptized at Lewknor on 12 January 1601. Scrope was educated at Hart Hall, Oxford...

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Turner [née Norton], Anne (1576–1615), accessory to the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury, of whose origins little is known, was born on 5 January 1576 of humble parentage, and had at least one sister and one brother living at the time of her death. She entered the glittering orbit of court society in the company of her husband, ...

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Wall, Joseph (1737–1802), army officer and murderer, was born in Dublin, the eldest son of Gereld or Garrett Wall, a well-to-do tenant farmer on the estate of Sir John Denny Vesey, second baronet, near Abbeyleix in Queen's county. Details of his early life are sparse. His family were Roman Catholic but he and his brothers converted to protestantism. Most accounts state that at the age of fifteen he attended ...

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Whitelocke, Bulstrode, appointed Lord Whitelocke under the protectorate (1605–1675), lawyer and politician, was the eldest son of Sir James Whitelocke (1570–1632), judge, and his wife, Elizabeth (1575–1631), daughter of Edward and Cecily Bulstrode of Hedgerly Bulstrode. He was born in Fleet Street, London...

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Whiteside, James (1804–1876), judge and politician, was born on 12 August 1804 at Delgany, co. Wicklow, the second son of the Revd William Whiteside and Anne, née Robinson. Shortly after Whiteside's birth his father moved to Rathmines, near Dublin, where he died in 1806. ...