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Arden, Thomas (c. 1508–1551), murder victim, was the son of Margery Arden of Norwich, also known as Mother Arden. His career shows that he was well educated, almost certainly as a lawyer. By 1537 he was an assistant to Edward North, clerk of the ...


Pakington, Robert (b. in or before 1489, d. 1536), member of parliament and murder victim, was born at Stanford-on-Teme, Worcestershire, the second or third son of John Pakington and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Washborne. Robert followed his elder brother John to the ...


Martha Ray (1742?–1779) by Nathaniel Dance, 1777 Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)


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 ...