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George Brooke, ninth Baron Cobham (c. 1497–1558) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Brooke, George, ninth Baron Cobham (c. 1497–1558), soldier and landowner, was the eldest surviving son of Thomas Brooke, eighth Baron Cobham (d. 1529), and his first wife, Dorothy Heydon. He accompanied his father in attending Mary Tudor to her marriage with Louis XII of France...

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Cope, Sir Anthony (1486/7–1551), landowner and courtier, was the second recorded son of William Cope (c.1440–1513), cofferer to Henry VII, of Bedhampton, Hampshire, and Hanwell, Oxfordshire, and an unknown second wife. His father married three times, and Anthony had at least one elder half-brother, ...

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Copley, Thomas (1532–1584), landowner and Roman Catholic exile, was born between February and May 1532, eldest son of Sir Roger Copley (d. 1549), landowner and member of the Mercers' Company, and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1559/60), daughter of Sir William Shelley...

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See Dymoke [Dymmok] family

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See Fisher [Hawkins], Thomas

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Fisher [Hawkins], Thomas (1515/16–1577), member of parliament and landowner, said to be aged thirty-three in 1549, was the son of Thomas Hawkins or Fisher of Warwick, a man of complete obscurity. Dugdale states that the son adopted the alternative surname Fisher because his father was a fishmonger, but this seems an inherently unlikely move for a man moving up the social scale; ...

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Fortescue, Sir Adrian (c. 1481–1539), landowner and alleged traitor, was the second son of Sir John Fortescue (d. 1500) of Punsborne, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and Alice, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn (and great-aunt of Anne Boleyn). Sir John had arranged for ...

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Godsalve, Sir John (b. in or before 1505, d. 1556), administrator and landowner, was the first son and heir of Thomas Godsalve (d. 1542), registrar of the Norwich consistory court, and his first wife, Joan. Nothing is known of John Godsalve's early schooling. He was admitted to ...

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Sir John Godsalve (b. in or before 1505, d. 1556) by Hans Holbein the younger, c. 1532 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Kingston, Sir Anthony (c. 1508–1556), landowner and conspirator, was the only son of Sir William Kingston (d. 1540) of Elmore and Painswick, Gloucestershire. Since he began to acquire stewardships and other minor offices in Gloucestershire in 1528, Anthony was probably born about 1508, or perhaps a little earlier. Nothing is known of his upbringing, but the conventional education of the son of a substantial gentleman and courtier can be assumed. His first significant preferment was as keeper of ...

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Knyvet, Sir Edmund (c. 1508–1551), landowner and member of parliament, was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Knyvet (c. 1485–1512) of Buckenham Castle, Norfolk, and his wife, Muriel (d. 1512), daughter of Thomas Howard, second duke of Norfolk, and widow of John Grey, ...

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Sir Thomas Lestrange (c. 1490–1545) by Hans Holbein the younger, 1536 Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. Photographer Michael Bodycomb

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Lestrange [Le Strange], Sir Thomas (c. 1490–1545), landowner and administrator, was the eldest son of Robert Lestrange, esquire (d. 1511), and Anne Lestrange, heir to Sir Thomas Lestrange of Walton, Warwickshire. Upon the death of his father in 1511, when he was in his early twenties, he inherited scattered estates in ...

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More, Sir Christopher (b. in or before 1483, d. 1549), landowner and administrator, was the son of John More, a London fishmonger active in the 1480s and his wife, Elizabeth, and the grandson of a Thomas More recorded at Norton, Derbyshire, earlier in the fifteenth century. Such particulars are owing to the remarkable collection of ...

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Musgrave, Sir William (b. in or before 1506, d. 1544), landowner and administrator, was the eldest son of Sir Edward Musgrave (d. 1542), of Hartley, near Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, and of Edenhall, near Penrith, Cumberland, and his wife, Jane, daughter of Sir Christopher Ward...

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Paston, Sir William (1479?–1554), landowner, was the son of Sir John Paston the younger (1444–1504) [see under Paston family] of Paston, Norfolk, and his wife, Margery, daughter of Sir Thomas Brews of Sturton Hall in Sall, Norfolk. Sir John succeeded his brother as head of the family in 1479, and was sheriff of ...

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Paulet, Sir Amias (c. 1457–1538), landowner and soldier, was the only son of Sir William Paulet (c.1404–1488) of Hinton St George and Elizabeth, daughter of John Deneland of Hinton St George. Paulet was brought up to support the Lancastrian cause. He was attainted after ...

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See Uvedale, Sir William

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Wynn family (per. c. 1465–1678), landowners, can be traced to fourteenth-century minor freeholders in the townships of Pennant and Penyfed in the commote of Eifionydd, Caernarvonshire. The history of their rise to local power is described in the famous 'History of the Gwydir family'...