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Barre, Richard (b. c. 1130, d. in or after 1202), ecclesiastic and justice, was related to the Sifrewasts, Berkshire knights who also held land at their ancestral centre, Chiffrevast, in Normandy. Some time before 1150 he studied law at Bologna, where he was a fellow student of the canonist ...

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Bassingbourn, Humphrey of (d. 1238x41), ecclesiastic and justice, was a native of Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire, related to the local lords of the manor, including Warin of Bassingbourn, a prominent counsellor of King John. In 1206 Humphrey was presented by the king to Bassingbourn church...

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Bayeux, Osbert de (fl. 1120–1184), ecclesiastic and suspected murderer, was a nephew of Archbishop Thurstan of York (d. 1140). An archdeacon named Osbert occurs in the 1120s; if this was Osbert de Bayeux then he must have been promoted as archdeacon, presumably by his uncle, at an early age. As ...

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Châtillon, Henry de (fl. 1173–1209), justice and ecclesiastic, was the son of Rotrou (IV), count of Perche, and his wife, Matilda de Blois. He became a canon of Rouen Cathedral at an early age, presumably appointed by Archbishop Rotrou, who was his cousin german. He must have had a clerical education, and was probably a canon by 1173. Since he is rarely titled ‘master’ it seems unlikely that he completed a university course of study. ...

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Clark, William (1568–1603), Roman Catholic priest and conspirator, was born about June 1568, the son of John and Helen Clark. He was born and raised at Walsall, Staffordshire, where his father was master of the grammar school. Clark attended the English College, then at ...

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Drayton, Nicholas (d. in or before 1379), ecclesiastic and justice, was a fellow of the royal college of the King's Hall, Cambridge, from 4 May 1360 until 26 August 1362. He was already a king's clerk when appointed warden of the King's Hall...

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London, David of (d. 1189), ecclesiastic and canon lawyer, was one of the many Englishmen who studied law at Bologna in the twelfth century; what sets him apart is the survival of his letter collection, 'The register of Master David', so that some details of his life, interests, and personality are unusually well documented. He was born in ...

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Somercotes [Somerton], Laurence of (fl. 1245–1258), ecclesiastic and canonist, may have been related to Cardinal Robert of Somercotes (d. 1241) and to his contemporary John of Somercotes, a king's clerk. From 1245 until 24 February 1247 he appears in the familia of ...

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Upton, Nicholas (c. 1400–1457), cleric, lawyer, and writer on warfare and heraldry, was probably the second son of John and Elizabeth Upton who came from Portlinch, near Newton, Devon. Claims that he was born in Somerset are dubious. Enrolled as a scholar of ...

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Watson, William (1559?–1603), Roman Catholic priest and conspirator, was born, by his own calculation, on 23 April 1559. Apart from the fact that he hailed from co. Durham nothing is known of his family. According to his never entirely trustworthy autobiographical note, apparently written for ...