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Sir Jeremiah Fitzpatrick (c. 1740–1810) by William Barnard (after Samuel Drummond, 1801) by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Fitzpatrick, Sir Jeremiah (c. 1740–1810), physician and campaigner for prison reform, was born in Kilbeggan, co. Westmeath. His background and early years are shrouded in obscurity, but circumstantial evidence points to the conclusion that his parents, of whom nothing is known, were Catholic and that they were comfortably off. He received a medical education abroad and though his graduating institution has not been identified ...

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Forster [Foster], Agnes (d. 1484), wealthy widow and prison reformer, came from Kent and was married for about twenty years to the London shipowner, merchant, and MP Stephen Forster, who was mayor in 1454–5. He came from Somerset and maintained close links with the ...

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Reid, Patrick Robert [Pat] (1910–1990), escape officer and author, was born on 13 November 1910 in India, the son of John Reid, of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, Alice Mabel Daniell. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, co. Kildare, and at ...

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Thompson, Leslie Anthony Joseph (1901–1987), musician and prison worker, was born on 17 October 1901 at the Lying-in Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica, one of the five children, two sons and three daughters, of Emmanuel Thompson and his wife, Charlotte (d. 1935). When his mother went to work in ...