Many knew him as 'Sir Roger'. He was one of the most renowned, and controverserial, celebrities of the Victorian era.
His lawyer was elected to Parliament on the back of his client's popularity. His supporters set up a nationwide network and invoked Magna Carta, and much else, in their hero's defence.
'Sir Roger' was not in the least political - but the movement that was established to fight his corner was.
Several pioneering radicals and socialists cut their teeth campaigning for 'Sir Roger'.
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LATER: Well, Sally-Anne is just TOO smart. This is indeed the Tichborne claimant, Arthur Orton to his detractors - a butcher who settled in Wagga Wagga and claimed he was the missing Sir Roger Tichborne. The case galvanised the country. Many rallied to the claimant's standard because they believed the establishment was doing down an ordinary working man and depriving him of his inheritance. The claimant was eventually jailed for perjury and on his release took to music hall to make a little money from what remained of his fame.