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Sir Robert Anderson (1841–1918) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London


Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...


Higgins, Francis [called the Sham Squire] (1746–1802), newspaper proprietor and spy, was born in Dublin, the son of Patrick Higgins, an attorney's clerk, and his wife, Mary; his parents had moved there from Downpatrick, co. Down. Higgins passed his early years in menial employments, became an attorney's clerk, by report converted to protestantism, though his name is not found in the official list of converts (and his later reconversion to Roman Catholicism is alluded to), and, through deception, married an heiress, ...


St Lawrence, Christopher, ninth Baron Howth (d. 1619), soldier and informer, was the eldest son of Nicholas St Lawrence, eighth Baron Howth (d. 1607) [see under St Lawrence, Christopher, seventh Baron Howth], and his wife, Margaret Barnewall, daughter of Sir Christopher Barnewall...