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Alford, Francis (c. 1530–1592), civil lawyer and member of parliament, was the second son of Robert Alford (d. 1546) and his wife, Anne Brydges. He gained a BA degree at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1549 and was admitted to Christ Church, Oxford...

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Amy, Sir John (d. 1621), civil lawyer, was the sixth son of John Amye (d. 1589), yeoman, of Great Abington, Cambridgeshire, and Joan, daughter of Nicholas Smith of Walden, Essex. He matriculated at Clare College, Cambridge, as a pensioner in 1564 and received the degrees of BA in 1568, MA in 1571, and LLD in 1583. He was admitted as an advocate in the ...

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Aubrey, William (c. 1529–1595), civil lawyer, was born at Cantref in Brecknockshire, the second son of Thomas Aubrey, of an old Brecknockshire family, and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Thomas Vaughan. After attending what would become Christ College, Brecon, he was educated at ...

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Bagard, Thomas (d. 1544), civil lawyer and divine, was born in the diocese of Hereford, of unknown parentage. He was a scholar in civil law by March 1515 at Oxford University and was a member of New Inn. He was connected with the diocese of ...

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Barber, John (c. 1500–1549), clergyman and civil lawyer, is of obscure origins. He was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1528 to 1538, having graduated as a bachelor of canon law (4 February 1525) and of civil law (19 February 1528). He became a member of the ...

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William Barclay (1546–1608) by Karel van Mallery, pubd 1600 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barclay, William [Guillaume] (1546–1608), civil lawyer, was born in Scotland. According to Sir Robert Sibbald he was descended from the Barclays of Collairnie in Fife; but according to a note attached to James Gordon's History of Scots Affairs (1841) he was a grandson of ...

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Barker, Hugh (1565–1632), civil lawyer, was the second of six sons of Robert Barker of Culworth, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Mary Danvers. The family was related to William of Wykeham, so it was natural that Barker should be educated at Wykeham's foundations, Winchester College...

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Bellasis, Anthony (d. 1552), clergyman and civilian, was the second son of Thomas Bellasis of Henknowle, co. Durham, and Margaret, née Thirkell. He was thus a member of a prominent border gentry family; his elder brother, Richard Bellasis [see under Bellasis family...