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Busher, Leonard (bap. 1573, d. in or after 1651), advocate of toleration, was baptized at Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire on 24 April 1573, the son of William Busher (d. 1607), tradesman, and his wife Janet. After an apprenticeship in the Grocers' Company...


Drebbel, Cornelis (1572–1633), inventor and mechanical engineer, was born in Alkmaar in the Netherlands, the son of Jacob Janszoon Drebbel (d. 1591). His father, whose family name was originally Dremmel, was a well-to-do burgher of Alkmaar, a town in the province of ...


Cornelis Drebbel (1572–1633) by unknown engraver, pubd 1628 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Niclaes, Hendrik [Henry Nicholas] (1502–c. 1580), founder of the Family of Love, was born on 10 January 1502. His birthplace cannot be identified, but the language in which he wrote, Western Low German, indicates the area of the present German–Dutch border extending from ...