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Buckmaster, William (d. 1546), scholar, graduated BA in 1513–14 as a student of Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was admitted a fellow in 1517. He was admitted MA the same year, and was ordained deacon in the diocese of Lincoln on 18 September 1518 and priest on 18 December. He was admitted BTh in 1525 and DTh in 1528, the year of his appointment as Lady Margaret preacher. Elected vice-chancellor of ...

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Cheke, Sir John (1514–1557), humanist, royal tutor, and administrator, was born on 16 June 1514 in a house on the corner of Market Hill and Petty Cury in Cambridge, the son of Peter Cheke (d. 1530), administrator, of Cambridge, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Cheke (1514–1557) attrib. Lodovico Leoni, c. 1555 © Copyright The British Museum

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Claymond, John (1467/8–1536), humanist and college head, was born in Frampton in Lincolnshire, the son of John and Alice Claymond. Possibly educated at the school of Magdalen College in Oxford, he was admitted to the college itself as a demy in 1484 aged sixteen, became a fellow in July 1488, senior commoner in 1493, and president in 1507. In the same year he received his MA and lectured in the university on ...

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Elyot, Sir Thomas (c. 1490–1546), humanist and diplomat, was the only son of Sir Richard Elyot (d. 1522) and his first wife, Alice Delamere, a descendant of the Finderns of Derbyshire. Alice died about 1510 and Sir Richard subsequently married Elizabeth Besilles, whose father, ...

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Sir Thomas Elyot (c. 1490–1546) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Janeway, John (1633–1657), scholar and writer on religion, was born at Lilley, Hertfordshire, on 27 October 1633 and was baptized there on 4 December, the second son of William Janeway (d. 1654), curate of the parish. His brother James Janeway (1636–1674) was after the Restoration pastor of a presbyterian congregation at ...

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Morison, Sir Richard (c. 1510–1556), humanist and diplomat, was the second son of Thomas Morison of Sandon, Hertfordshire, and his wife, a daughter of Thomas Merry of Hatfield, Hertfordshire. His father was probably originally from Chardwell, Yorkshire, but it remains possible that the ...

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Prise, Sir John [Syr Siôn ap Rhys] (1501/2–1555), administrator and scholar, was born between 12 October 1501 and 11 October 1502, the son of Rhys ap Gwilym ap Llywelyn of Brecon and Gwenllian, daughter of Hywel ap Madog. After study at Oxford University...

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Starkey, Thomas (c. 1498–1538), humanist and royal servant, was born in Cheshire to another Thomas Starkey, probably at Wrenbury, where the family was prominent. His father probably held office in Wales and was wealthy enough to pay for his son's education. His mother, ...

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Thomas, William (d. 1554), scholar, administrator, and alleged traitor, was of unknown parentage but almost certainly of Welsh descent. On 1 February 1552 a William Thomas received a grant of arms in which he was described as a gentleman from Llantomas, the seat of the ...