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Hugh of Lincoln [St Hugh of Lincoln, Little St Hugh] (c. 1246–1255), supposed victim of crucifixion, was the son of Beatrice of Lincoln. He is known as Little St Hugh to distinguish him from St Hugh, bishop of Lincoln (1140?–1200). His death, in all probability accidental, and most likely on 27 August 1255, was the catalyst for the accusation of ritual murder aimed at the Jewish community of ...

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Langhorne, Richard (c. 1624–1679), barrister and victim of the Popish Plot, was probably born in London, the son of Richard Langhorne (d. 1635), an apothecary in London, and Dorothy Legate (b. 1606), daughter of Thomas Legate of Havering atte Bower, Essex...

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Maria Theresa Longworth (1833–1881) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Longworth, Maria Theresa (1833–1881), plaintiff in a case of disputed marriage and author, was born at Cheetwood, near Manchester, the youngest of six children of Thomas Longworth, silk manufacturer, and his wife, Ann, née Fox. Thomas Longworth's business, and at one time his residence also, was in a large house at the corner of ...

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Macdonald, Alexander, of Glencoe [Alasdair Maciain; called Alasdair Ruaidh] (d. 1692), clan chief and victim of massacre, was probably born in Glencoe between the early 1620s and early 1630s, the son of Alexander Macdonald (Alasdair Maciain; d. in or after 1657), who by 1627 was chief (reputedly eleventh chief) of a branch of the clan ...

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Petre, William, fourth Baron Petre (1625/6–1684), nobleman and victim of the Popish Plot, was the eldest son of Robert Petre, third Baron Petre (1599–1638), and Mary (1603–1685), daughter of Anthony Browne, second Viscount Montagu. Although his twin brother, John, quickly sickened and died ...

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Thomas Pickering (1621?–1679) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pickering, Thomas (1621?–1679), Benedictine monk and victim of the Popish Plot, was probably born in 1621 as a member of the Pickering family of the barony of Kendal in Westmorland. His father was killed during the civil wars. He made his profession as a lay brother of ...

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Savage [née Darcy], Elizabeth, suo jure Countess Rivers (1581–1651), courtier and victim of popular violence, was the daughter of Thomas Darcy, third Baron Darcy of Chiche (d. 1640), later created Viscount Colchester (1621) and Earl Rivers (1626), and his wife, Mary Kitson (...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Staley [Stayley], William (d. 1678), victim of the Popish Plot, was the son of William Staley, a goldsmith and banker. He was raised abroad as a Roman Catholic, where it was polemically assumed that with 'too much familiarity with the Jesuits, [he] had imbid'd some of there desperate Principles...