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J. K. Laughton

revised by J. Gilliland

Johnson, Captain (1771/2–1839), smuggler and pilot, was in 1798 captured in an affray with revenue officers on the Sussex coast and imprisoned in the new gaol in the Borough in London, from which he made his escape 'in a most daring way...


Lincoln, Ignatius Timotheus Trebitsch [formerly Ignácz Trebitsch; name in religion Chao Kung] (1879–1943), political adventurer, was born in Paks, Hungary, on 4 April 1879, the second son of Nathan Trebitsch (d. 1899), a merchant, and his wife, Julia, née Freund (...


J. G. Alger

revised by Heather Shore

Semple, James George (1759–1815), adventurer, who also passed under the names Semple-Lisle, Maxwell, Harrod, and Grant, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire. He was the son of James Semple, formerly an exciseman, who eventually laid claim to the extinct title of Viscount Lisle. In 1776 he was serving in ...