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Kelton, Arthur (d. 1549/50), verse chronicler, was probably a native of Shrewsbury. His parents and date of birth are unknown. Wood says he was thought to be Welsh, but Kelton himself seems to have been uncertain about his national identity. In his first published work he refers to the Welsh as 'they', but in the second he writes from the perspective of 'we Welshmen'; probably he was English by birth and language, but Welsh by descent. He was apparently a student at ...

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Luttrell, Narcissus (1657–1732), annalist and book collector, was born on 12 August 1657 in Holborn, London, the third but eldest surviving son of Francis Luttrell (1613–1677) of Gray's Inn (a cadet of the Luttrells of Staunton Court, Devon) and Catherine Mapowder (...

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Vicars, John (1580–1652), chronicler and poet, was probably born in London. Orphaned when young, he was brought up and educated on the charity of Christ's Hospital, London. As a penniless young man he was enabled by a stroke of providence (a lucky find, as he recalls in his will) to study for some time at ...

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Weldon, Ralph [name in religion Benet a Sancto Raphaelo Archangelo] (1674–1713), Benedictine monk and chronicler, was born on 12 April 1674 in London, the seventeenth child of Colonel George Weldon (d. 1679), youngest son of Sir Anthony Weldon, historical writer, and of his wife, ...

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Wriothesley, Charles (1508–1562), herald and chronicler, was born on 8 May 1508 into a heraldic dynasty founded by his grandfather John Writhe, Garter king of arms. A younger son of Sir Thomas Wriothesley (d. 1534), also Garter, and his first wife, Jane Hall (...