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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 ...

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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 ...

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

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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 ...