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Aston, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1600–1646), apologist of the Church of England and local politician, was born on 29 September 1600 at Aston near Runcorn, Cheshire, the eldest son of John Aston (d. 1615) and his wife, Maude Needham. The Aston family had a long history of service to the crown and ...

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Sir Thomas Aston, first baronet (1600–1646) by John Souch of Chester, 1635 [Sir Thomas Aston at the Deathbed of his Wife, Magdalene Poultney] photograph courtesy of Manchester City Art Galleries

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Browne, Thomas, fourth Viscount Kenmare (1726–1795), landowner and politician, was born in April 1726, probably at Killarney, co. Kerry, the second of four children of Valentine Browne, third Viscount Kenmare (1695–1736), landowner, and his first wife, Honoria Butler (d. 1730), daughter of ...

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Cormack, John (1894–1978), protestant agitator and local politician, was born on 7 July 1894 in Edinburgh, the eldest child of the four sons and three daughters of Donald Cormack (1865–1937), a clerk and former soldier, and his wife, Mary McPhail (c.1870–1951)...

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Fullarton, Adam (d. in or after 1595), religious activist and civic administrator, was born in Ayrshire into the family of Fullarton of Dreghorn. His family had links with the small group of Lollards of Kyle in the 1490s and was early converted to protestantism. ...

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Guthrie, Alexander (d. 1582), civic administrator and religious activist, is first recorded on 10 January 1549, when he was admitted burgess and guild brother of Edinburgh. Nothing is known of his parentage or education. He became a lawyer who also engaged in trade, and was appointed common clerk of ...

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Jekyll, John (1611–1690), local politician, was born on 21 September 1611 at Bocking, Essex, the fourth son of the eight children of Thomas Jekyll (1570–1652), lawyer and antiquary, and Elizabeth Leake (1575–1658). John was apprenticed as a fishmonger in the City of London...

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Lidgett, John Scott (1854–1953), Methodist minister and local politician, was born on 10 August 1854 at Kelso Cottage, Lewisham, the son of John Jacob Lidgett (1828–1869), shipowner and businessman, and Maria Elizabeth (1824–1911), daughter of the Revd John Scott and his wife, Maria...

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John Scott Lidgett (1854–1953) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shaw, Geoffrey Mackintosh [Geoff] (1927–1978), Church of Scotland minister and politician, was born at Inverleith Place, Edinburgh, on 9 April 1927, the third of four sons of John James McIntosh Shaw (1885/6–1940), a prominent Edinburgh surgeon, and his wife, Mina Draper. Brought up in a well-to-do ...