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Bampfield, Joseph (1622–1685), army officer and spy, was probably born in Devon, one of a family long established in the west country, but his parentage and early life are obscure. There is no validity for the earl of Clarendon's later statement that he was an Irishman, although he may have been educated at ...

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Blake, Robert (bap. 1598, d. 1657), naval and army officer, was baptized on 27 September 1598 at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Bridgwater, Somerset, the eldest of the eight surviving children of Humphrey Blake (d. 1625), a merchant of the town, and his wife, ...

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Popham, Edward (c. 1610–1651), naval and army officer, was the fifth son of Sir Francis Popham (1572/3–1644) of Littlecote in Wiltshire and Wellington in Somerset, and his wife, Anne Dudley (b. 1575). He was not sent to university but was admitted as a student to the ...

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Edward Popham (c. 1610–1651) by unknown artist [with his wife, Ann Carr, and their children, Letitia and Alexander] photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London