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Best, Paul (1590–1657), scholar and religious writer, was born in 1590 (before 12 August) probably at Hutton Cranswick, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the first of the six children of James Best (d. 1617), yeoman farmer, and his first wife, Dorothy (...

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Buckmaster, William (d. 1546), scholar, graduated BA in 1513–14 as a student of Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was admitted a fellow in 1517. He was admitted MA the same year, and was ordained deacon in the diocese of Lincoln on 18 September 1518 and priest on 18 December. He was admitted BTh in 1525 and DTh in 1528, the year of his appointment as Lady Margaret preacher. Elected vice-chancellor of ...

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Bunsen, Christian Karl Josias von, Baron von Bunsen in the Prussian nobility (1791–1860), diplomatist and scholar, was born on 25 August 1791 in Korbach, in the German principality of Waldeck, the only child of Heinrich Christian Bunsen (1743–1820), a regimental officer, and his second wife, ...

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Thompson Cooper

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Burgess, Henry (1808–1886), Church of England clergyman and scholar, was educated at Stepney College, where he was noted for his ability in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. After ministering to a nonconformist congregation, he joined the Church of England, being ordained deacon in 1850 and priest in 1851. He took the degree of LLD at ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Busk, Hans, the elder (1772–1862), scholar and poet, was born on 28 May 1772, the youngest son of Sir Wadsworth Busk (1730–1811), attorney-general of the Isle of Man and treasurer of the Middle Temple, and Alice (d. 1776), daughter and coheir of ...

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Cheke, Sir John (1514–1557), humanist, royal tutor, and administrator, was born on 16 June 1514 in a house on the corner of Market Hill and Petty Cury in Cambridge, the son of Peter Cheke (d. 1530), administrator, of Cambridge, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Cheke (1514–1557) attrib. Lodovico Leoni, c. 1555 © Copyright The British Museum

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Claymond, John (1467/8–1536), humanist and college head, was born in Frampton in Lincolnshire, the son of John and Alice Claymond. Possibly educated at the school of Magdalen College in Oxford, he was admitted to the college itself as a demy in 1484 aged sixteen, became a fellow in July 1488, senior commoner in 1493, and president in 1507. In the same year he received his MA and lectured in the university on ...

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Elyot, Sir Thomas (c. 1490–1546), humanist and diplomat, was the only son of Sir Richard Elyot (d. 1522) and his first wife, Alice Delamere, a descendant of the Finderns of Derbyshire. Alice died about 1510 and Sir Richard subsequently married Elizabeth Besilles, whose father, ...

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Sir Thomas Elyot (c. 1490–1546) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II