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Barker, Sir Christopher (d. 1550), herald, was one of three sons of William Barker of Stokesley, Yorkshire, and his wife, Jane, daughter of William Carlill or Carlisle of Newcastle; there were also half-brothers and a half-sister. Christopher Carlill (d. 1511), Norroy king of arms, was his uncle, and another ...

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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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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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Grindal, William (d. 1548), royal tutor, was educated at Cambridge University, probably at St John's College, where he graduated BA in 1541/2. Nothing is known about his earlier life, but it is possible that he was related to Edmund Grindal, the future archbishop of ...

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Hawley, Thomas (d. 1557), herald, was groom porter of the chamber to Queen Margaret of Scotland, daughter of Henry VII, from her marriage in 1503 until 1508. Although said to have been nominated Rose Blanche pursuivant in the reign of Henry VII, he is merely called 'messenger of the chamber' in ...

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Parker, Henry, tenth Baron Morley (1480/81–1556), nobleman and translator, was the son of Sir William Parker (d. c.1504) and Alice Lovel (1452–1518). His father, who was knighted by Richard III on 24 July 1482, was the latter's standard bearer at Bosworth Field...

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Henry Parker, tenth Baron Morley (1480/8181–1556) by Albrecht Dürer, 1523 © Copyright The British Museum

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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, ...