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Ælfstan of Boscombe (fl. 1043–1065), nobleman, is identified by Domesday Book as a substantial landholder, with an estate of some 237 hides of land, scattered over eight shires, making him the fifth richest of the recorded pre-conquest thegns below the rank of earl. Most of this land was probably his inheritance, but the charter whereby ...

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See Breteuil, Robert de, fourth earl of Leicester

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Anne of Woodstock, countess of Stafford (c. 1382–1438), noblewoman, was the daughter and eventual coheir of Thomas of Woodstock, duke of Gloucester (d. 1397), and his wife, Eleanor de Bohun. From the outset, her wealth and lineage made her a valuable commodity in the marriage market. She was not yet ten when, in June 1391, her wedding to ...

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See Holland, Henry, second duke of Exeter

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Arundell, Blanche [née Lady Blanche Somerset], Lady Arundell of Wardour (1583/4–1649), royalist noblewoman, was the sixth daughter of Edward Somerset, fourth earl of Worcester (c. 1550–1628), and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Hastings (d. 1621), daughter of Francis Hastings, second earl of Huntingdon...

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Asgar the Staller (d. after 1066), nobleman, was, according to the figures given in Domesday Book, the second-richest thegn in pre-conquest England below the rank of earl. His estate of over 300 hides of land was scattered over nine shires, the greatest concentration (some ...

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Balfour, John, third Lord Balfour of Burleigh (d. 1696/7), nobleman, was the son and heir of Robert Balfour (formerly Arnot), second Lord Balfour of Burleigh (d. 1663), and Margaret Balfour, Lady Balfour (d. 1639), who married in 1606. After being sent to ...

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Balliol [Baliol], Alexander de (d. 1310?), nobleman and administrator, was the second son of Henry de Balliol (d. 1246), chamberlain of Scotland, and his wife, Lora de Valognes (d. in or before 1272). Alexander, who was lord of Cavers in Roxburghshire, is clearly distinguishable from his namesake and contemporary, ...

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Balliol, Dervorguilla de, lady of Galloway (d. 1290), noblewoman and benefactor, was a daughter of Alan, lord of Galloway (b. before 1199, d. 1234), and his second wife, Margaret, eldest daughter of David, earl of Huntingdon (d. 1219). Born some time after 1209, the date of her parents' marriage, her distinctive Gaelic name, ...