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Brooksby [née Vaux], Eleanor (c. 1560–1625), recusant and priest harbourer, was the eldest daughter and second of four children of William Vaux, third Baron Vaux of Harrowden (1535–1595), and his first wife, Elizabeth (d. 1562), daughter of Sir John Beaumont of ...

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Carew [née Denny], Martha, Lady Carew (c. 1500–1572), recusant, was born at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the eldest daughter of the exchequer baron Sir Edmund Denny (d. 1520) and his second wife, Mary Troutbeck of Bridge Trafford, Cheshire. About 1519 Martha married the financial official ...

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Hooper, Anne [née de Tscerlas] (d. 1555), protestant exile, is of obscure origins. Little is known about her parentage or early life, though several sources confirm that she was born into a noble family from the Low Countries, near Antwerp. Anne had at least one sister (later the wife of the French reformer ...

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Anne Howard, countess of Arundel (1557–1630) by Wenceslaus Hollar (after Lucas Vorsterman, c. 1626) © Copyright The British Museum

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Howard [née Dacre], Anne, countess of Arundel (1557–1630), noblewoman and priest harbourer, was born in Carlisle on 1 March 1557, the eldest daughter of Thomas Dacre, fourth Lord Dacre of Gilsland (1526?–1566), and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1567), daughter of ...

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Hyde, David de la (fl. 1549–1561), scholar and recusant, is of unknown parentage. Anthony Wood believed him to be of Irish birth. Sir Walter and his son Sir James de la Hyde of Moyclare, King's county, were proscribed for supporting the rebellion of ...

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Lawson [née Constable], Dorothy (1580–1632), recusant and priest harbourer, was born at Wing, Buckinghamshire, the second daughter of Sir Henry Constable (d. 1607) of Burton Constable, Holderness, Yorkshire, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Dormer of Wing, Buckinghamshire. She was raised as a pious Roman Catholic by her mother, who had spent time in prison for her recusancy. In 1597, aged seventeen, ...

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Marion, Elie (1678–1713), Camisard prophet, was born on 30 May 1678, at Barre des Cévennes, Lozère, in the Cévennes mountains, southern France, the eldest of the eight children of Jean Marion (d. 1709/10), a prosperous protestant farmer, and his wife, Louise, née...

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Martin, Roger (1526/7–1615), recusant and memoirist, was born between 3 August 1526 and 3 August 1527. He was the eldest son of Richard Martin, esquire (d. c.1573), and his first wife, Anne (d. 1528), daughter of Thomas Eden of London...

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Morris [Morys], Roger (1551/2?–1597x1600), antiquary and recusant, was perhaps the Roger Morris of Flintshire at Hart Hall, Oxford, aged nineteen in 1571. His later home was at Coedytalwrn, parish of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire.

Morris is hardly known except through his manuscripts, written in a notably neat and unostentatious hand, a hand which would be nameless had not two contemporaries, ...