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Jean Luie

Jean Luie, a witness in the Tichborne Trials

A carte-de-visite portrait of the Danish sailor Jean Luie, who gave false testimony on behalf of the Claimant during the famously long-running Tichborne Trials of 1871.

Jean Luie claimed that he had been on the Osprey during the rescue mission. Luie identified the Claimant as 'Mr Rogers', one of six survivors picked up and taken to Melbourne. On investigation Luie was found to be an imposter, a former prisoner who had been in England at the time that the Bella had sunk. He was convicted of perjury and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.

Photographed by Lock and Whitfield of London.

Code: 123944
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