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Ascham, Roger (1514/15–1568), author and royal tutor, was born at Kirby Wiske, near Northallerton in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the third of the four sons of John Ascham (d. 1544), steward to Henry, seventh Lord Scrope of Bolton, and his wife, ...

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Burke, John (1786–1848), author and genealogist, was born on 12 November 1786 at Parsonstown, King's county, Ireland, the eldest of three children of Peter Burke (1756–1836) of Elm Hall, co. Tipperary, JP for that county and for the King's county, and his first wife, ...

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Dwnn, Lewys [Lewys ap Rhys ab Owain] (b. c. 1545, d. in or after 1616), Welsh-language poet and herald, was the son of Rhys ab Owain; he took the surname Dwnn from his mother, Katherine, daughter of Rhys Goch Dwnn of Gwestydd, Llanllwchaearn, Montgomeryshire...

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Gruffudd Hiraethog (d. 1564), poet and herald, was born in Llangollen, the son of Mathew, the son of Mawd y Glyn and Owain Cyfeiliog. He married Catrin, the daughter of Edward ap Robert ab Ieuan ab Owain Glyndŵr. The warrant granted to Gruffudd...

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Edmund Lodge (1756–1839) by Lemuel Francis Abbott, c. 1790–95 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lodge, Edmund (1756–1839), herald and biographer, was born on 13 June 1756, in Poland Street, London, the only surviving son of the Revd Edmund Lodge (c.1729–1781), rector of Carshalton in Surrey, and his wife, Mary Garrard, the daughter and sole heir of ...

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Lyndsay [Lindsay], Sir David (c. 1486–1555), writer and herald, was the eldest son of David Lyndsay (d. in or before 1524), who held lands in the Mount, located just outside Cupar in Fife, and in Garleton, near Haddington in East Lothian. The identity of his mother is unknown. He had four brothers: ...

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Morrah, Dermot Michael Macgregor (1896–1974), journalist and herald, was born in Ryde, Isle of Wight, on 26 April 1896, the eldest in the family of two sons and two daughters of Herbert Arthur Morrah (1870–1939), a novelist and poet whose career reached its peak early with his election to the presidency of the ...

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Planché, James Robinson (1796–1880), playwright and herald, was born on 27 February 1796 at Old Burlington Street, Piccadilly, London, the son of Jacques Planché (1734–1816), a watchmaker, and his wife, Catherine Emily, née Planché (d. 1804), who were first cousins and descendants of Huguenot refugees. Initially educated by his mother at home, where he spoke French, ...

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James Robinson Planché (1796–1880) by Henry Perronet Briggs, exh. RA 1835 Garrick Club / the art archive

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Quin, Walter (c. 1575–1641), poet and royal tutor, was born in Dublin. He was apparently studying at Edinburgh University when, in 1595, he was presented to James VI, who was charmed with his manner. He further recommended himself to the king by giving him some poetic anagrams of his own composition on ...

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Rhys Cain (c. 1540–1614), poet and herald, was the son of Rheinallt ap Siôn Wyn ap Siôn ab Ieuan Fychan and his wife, Gwen, daughter of Robert ap Siancyn Fychan. He took his bardic name from the River Cain in recognition of his family's association with the parish of ...

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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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Smith, William (c. 1550–1618), herald and playwright, was born in Oldhaugh, Cheshire, one of the nine children of Randall Smith (d. 1584) of Oldhaugh and his first wife, Jane (d. 1562), daughter of Ralph Bostock of Norcroft, Cheshire. Anthony Wood supposed that ...