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Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton   By:

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CELEBRATED

CLAIMANTS

FROM

PERKIN WARBECK TO ARTHUR ORTON.

SECOND EDITION.

London: CHATTO AND WINDUS, PICCADILLY.

1874.

PREFACE.

This book is intended much less to gratify a temporary curiosity than to fill an empty page in our literature. In our own and in other countries Claimants have been by no means rare. Wandering heirs to great possessions have not unfrequently concealed themselves for many years until their friends have forgotten them, and have suddenly and inopportunely reappeared to demand restitution of their rights; and unscrupulous rogues have very often advanced pretensions to titles and estates which did not appertain to them, in the hope that they would be able to deceive the rightful possessors and the legal tribunals. When such cases have occurred they have created more or less excitement in proportion to the magnitude of the claim, the audacity of the imposture, or the romance which has surrounded them. But the interest which they have aroused has been evanescent, and the only records which remain of the vast majority are buried in ponderous legal tomes, which are rarely seen, and are still more rarely read, by non professional men. The compiler of the present collection has endeavoured to disinter the most noteworthy claims which have been made either to honours or property, at home or abroad, and, while he has passed over those which present few remarkable features, has spared no research to render his work as perfect as possible, and to supply a reliable history of those which are entitled to rank as causes célèbres . The book must speak for itself. It is put forward in the hope that, while it may serve to amuse the hasty reader in a leisure hour, it may also be deemed worthy of a modest resting place in the libraries of those who like to watch the march of events, and who have the prudent habit, when information is found, of preserving a note of it.

CONTENTS

JACK CADE THE PRETENDED MORTIMER,

LAMBERT SIMNEL THE FALSE EARL OF WARWICK,

PERKIN WARBECK THE SHAM DUKE OF YORK,

DON SEBASTIAN THE LOST KING OF PORTUGAL,

JEMELJAN PUGATSCHEFF THE SHAM PETER III.,

OTREFIEF THE SHAM PRINCE DIMITRI,

PADRE OTTOMANO THE SUPPOSED HEIR OF SULTAN IBRAHIM,

MOHAMMED BEY THE COUNTERFEIT VISCOUNT DE CIGALA,

THE SELF STYLED PRINCE OF MODENA,

JOSEPH THE FALSE COUNT SOLAR,

JOHN LINDSAY CRAWFURD CLAIMING TO BE EARL OF CRAWFURD,

JOHN NICHOLS THOM ALIAS SIR WILLIAM COURTENAY,

JAMES ANNESLEY CALLING HIMSELF EARL OF ANGLESEA,

CAPTAIN HANS FRANCIS HASTINGS CLAIMING TO BE EARL OF HUNTINGDON,

REBOK THE COUNTERFEIT VOLDEMAR, ELECTOR OF BRANDENBURG,

ARNOLD DU TILH THE PRETENDED MARTIN GUERRE,

PIERRE MEGE THE FICTITIOUS DE CAILLE,

MICHAEL FEYDY THE SHAM CLAUDE DE VERRE,

THE BANBURY PEERAGE CASE,

JAMES PERCY THE SO CALLED EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND,

THE DOUGLAS PEERAGE CASE,

ALEXANDER HUMPHREYS THE PRETENDED EARL OF STIRLING,

THE SO CALLED HEIRS OF THE STUARTS,

JOHN HATFIELD THE SHAM HONOURABLE ALEXANDER HOPE,

HERVAGAULT SOI DISANT LOUIS XVII. OF FRANCE,

MATURIN BRUNEAU SOI DISANT LOUIS XVII. OF FRANCE,

NAÜNDORFF SOI DISANT LOUIS XVII. OF FRANCE,

AUGUSTUS MEVES SOI DISANT LOUIS XVII. OF FRANCE,

RICHEMONT SOI DISANT LOUIS XVII. OF FRANCE,

THE REV. ELEAZAR WILLIAMS SOI DISANT LOUIS XVII. OF FRANCE,

THOMAS PROVIS CALLING HIMSELF SIR RICHARD HUGH SMYTH,

LAVINIA JANNETTA HORTON RYVES THE PRETENDED PRINCESS OF CUMBERLAND,

WILLIAM GEORGE HOWARD THE PRETENDED EARL OF WICKLOW,

AMELIA RADCLIFFE THE SO CALLED COUNTESS OF DERWENTWATER,

ARTHUR ORTON WHO CLAIMED TO BE SIR ROGER CHARLES DOUGHTY TICHBORNE, BART... Continue reading book >>




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