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Bacon [née Cooke], Anne, Lady Bacon (c. 1528–1610), gentlewoman and scholar, was probably born at Gidea Hall, Essex. She was third of the nine children of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576), one of the humanist educators who tutored Edward VI, and Anne (...

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Anne Bacon, Lady Bacon (c. 1528–1610) by unknown artist reproduced by permission of the Earl of Verulam. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Mildred Cecil, Lady Burghley (1526–1589) attrib. Hans Eworth, c. 1563 The Marquess of Salisbury

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Cecil [née Cooke], Mildred, Lady Burghley (1526–1589), noblewoman and scholar, was born in 1526, the eldest of five daughters and four sons of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576), Edward VI's tutor, of Gidea Hall in Essex, and Anne (d. 1553), daughter 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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Douglas, William, first marquess of Douglas (1589–1660), magnate and scholar, was the eldest son of William Douglas, tenth earl of Angus (c. 1554–1611), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. in or after 1611), daughter of Laurence Oliphant, fourth Lord Oliphant. From early childhood, the ...

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Fairfax, Brian (1633–1711), scholar and courtier, was born on 6 October 1633 in the rectory at Newton Kyme in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the third and second surviving son of Henry Fairfax (1588–1665), the rector, and his wife, Mary (c.1593–1650)...

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Killigrew [née Cooke], Katherine (c. 1542–1583), gentlewoman and scholar, was the fifth daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576), Edward VI's tutor, of Gidea Hall in Essex, and Anne (d. 1553), daughter of Sir William Fitzwilliam, and widow of Sir John Hawes...

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Pace, John (b. c. 1523, d. in or before 1592), scholar and court jester, was probably the son of John Pace, a brother of Richard Pace (1483?–1536), secretary to Henry VIII, diplomat, and humanist. In 1522 the elder John Pace received 'license to exercise by deputy the office of customer … in the port of ...

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Starkey, Thomas (c. 1498–1538), humanist and royal servant, was born in Cheshire to another Thomas Starkey, probably at Wrenbury, where the family was prominent. His father probably held office in Wales and was wealthy enough to pay for his son's education. His mother, ...