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Blount, Charles, fifth Baron Mountjoy (1516–1544), courtier and patron of learning, was the eldest son of William Blount, fourth Baron Mountjoy (c. 1478–1534), and his third wife, Alice Brown, née Kebel (or Keble; d. 1521). Charles was born on 28 June 1516 in ...

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Cotterell [Cottrell], Sir Charles (1615–1701), courtier and translator, was born in Wilsford, Lincolnshire, on Good Friday, 7 April 1615, and baptized there two days later, the only son (there were four daughters) of Sir Clement Cotterell (1585–1631) and his wife, Anne Alleyne (...

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Cottrell [Cotterell; afterwards Cottrell-Dormer], Sir Clement (1686–1758), courtier and antiquary, was born on 2 April 1686 in St Martin's Lane, Westminster, and baptized at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields two days later, on Easter day. He was the sixth of the seven children of ...

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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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Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun, first baronet (1580–1656) by unknown artist, 1621 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Gordon, Sir Robert, of Gordonstoun, first baronet (1580–1656), historian and courtier, was born on 14 May 1580 at Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland, the fourth son of Alexander Gordon, twelfth earl of Sutherland (1552–1594) [see under Gordon, John, eleventh earl of Sutherland (1525–1567)], and his second wife, ...

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Haward, Sir William (c. 1617–1704), courtier and antiquary, was the third son of John Haward (c.1571–1631) of Tandridge Hall, Surrey, and his first with his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of William Angell, gentleman pensioner to James I. In November 1635 Haward...

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Hellowes, Edward (fl. 1574–1601), courtier and translator, was once thought to be a member of the Hallows family of Glapwell and Dethick, Derbyshire, although there is no documentary evidence to support this. He may be the Edward Hellowes who married Eleanor Showell at ...

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Sir Thomas Hoby (1530–1566) attrib. Cornelius Cure, in or after 1566 [The Hobys: [foreground] and Sir Philip Hoby (1504/5–1558)] The Conway Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Hoby, Sir Thomas (1530–1566), courtier and translator, was born at Leominster, Herefordshire, the second son of William Hoby, of Radnor, and his second wife, Katherine, daughter of John Forden. He matriculated pensioner from St John's College, Cambridge, on 20 May 1545 and studied for the next two years under ...

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Lewknor, Sir Lewes (c. 1560–1627), courtier and translator, was the first surviving son of Thomas Lewknor (c.1538–1596), a politician, of Tangmere and Selsey, Sussex, and his first wife, Bridget, the daughter of John Lewes of Selsey. From Lyon's Inn, Lewknor entered the ...

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Ross, Thomas (bap. 1620, d. 1675), courtier and librarian, was baptized on 11 September 1620 at Richmond, Surrey, the second son of James Ross (d. in or before 1643), courtier, of Greetham, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Jane (d. in or after 1675)...

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Russell [née Cooke], Elizabeth, Lady Russell [other married name Elizabeth Hoby, Lady Hoby] (1528–1609), linguist and courtier, was the third of five learned daughters of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576) of Gidea Hall, Essex, tutor to Edward VI, and his wife, Anne...

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Russell [née Harington], Lucy, countess of Bedford (bap. 1581, d. 1627), courtier and patron of the arts, was baptized on 25 January 1581 at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Middlesex, the elder daughter of John Harington, first Baron Harington of Exton...

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Lucy Russell, countess of Bedford (bap. 1581, d. 1627) attrib. William Larkin, c. 1615 National Museum of Fine Arts, Sweden

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Rustat, Tobias (bap. 1608, d. 1694), courtier and benefactor, was baptized on 17 September 1608 in Barrow-on-Soar, Leicestershire, the last of seven children of the Revd Robert Rustat (1567–1637) and Alice Snoden (d. 1660?), sister of Robert Snoden, bishop of Carlisle. Heraldic evidence suggests the name ...

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Tobias Rustat (bap. 1608, d. 1694) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1682 Jesus College, Cambridge; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Young, Sir Robert Christopher [Robin] Mackworth- (1920–2000), librarian and courtier, was born in London on 12 February 1920, the elder son of Gerard Mackworth-Young (1884–1965), member of the Indian Civil Service and archaeologist, of Burleigh Court, near Stroud, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Natalie Leila Margaret (1894–1981)...