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Bertie, Peregrine, thirteenth Baron Willoughby of Willoughby, Beck, and Eresby (1555–1601), nobleman and soldier, was born on 12 October 1555 in Wesel, Cleves, the only son of Richard Bertie (1517–1582), landowner and religious evangelical, and his wife, Katherine [see Bertie, Katherine, duchess of Suffolk (1519–1580)...

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Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545), magnate, courtier, and soldier, was the second but only surviving son of Sir William Brandon (d. 1485) and his wife, Elizabeth Bruyn (d. 1494) of South Ockendon. The manner of Sir William's death, killed at ...

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Devereux, Walter, first earl of Essex (1539–1576), nobleman and adventurer, was born on 16 September 1539 at Chartley, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Sir Richard Devereux and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of George Hastings, first earl of Huntingdon. Sir Richard, who was created a knight of the Order of the Garter on 20 February 1548, died the same year, in the lifetime of his father, ...

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Hastings, Edward, Baron Hastings of Loughborough (1512x15?–1572), nobleman and soldier, was the third son of George Hastings, third Baron Hastings of Hastings and first earl of Huntingdon (1486/7–1544), and Anne Stafford, sister of Edward Stafford, third duke of Buckingham. Anne had previously been the wife of ...

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Herbert, William, first earl of Pembroke (1506/7–1570), soldier and magnate, was the second son of Richard Herbert (d. 1510) of Ewyas, a gentleman usher to Henry VII, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Matthew Cradock of Swansea. His paternal grandfather was ...

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Howard, Thomas, third duke of Norfolk (1473–1554), magnate and soldier, was the eldest son of Thomas Howard, second duke of Norfolk (1443–1524), and his first wife, Elizabeth (d. 1497), the daughter of Frederick Tilney of Ashwellthorpe Hall, Norfolk, and widow of Sir Humphrey Bourchier...

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Macdonell, Alexander Ranaldson, of Glengarry (1773–1828), chief of clan Macdonell or Macdonnell of Glengarry and soldier, was born on 15 September 1773 at Invergarry, Inverness-shire, the first of nine children of Duncan Macdonell (c.1744–1788), chief of clan Macdonell of Glengarry, and ...

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O'Brien, Murrough, first earl of Inchiquin (c. 1614–1674), nobleman and army officer, was the eldest son of Dermod O'Brien, fifth Baron Inchiquin (1594–1624), and his wife, Ellen, eldest daughter of Sir Edmond Fitzgerald of Cloyne.

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Stewart [Stuart], John, second duke of Albany (c. 1482–1536), soldier and magnate, was born in Auvergne, France, the only son of Alexander Stewart, duke of Albany (1454?–1485), younger brother of James III, king of Scots, and his second wife, Anne de la Tour (...