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French, Robert (1716–1779), landowner and politician, was the eldest son of Patrick French (d. 1744), barrister, and Jane Digby, the daughter of Simon Digby, successively bishop of Limerick and Elphin. The Frenches, of Anglo-Norman origins, had settled originally in the port of ...

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Hodgkinson, William (1661/2–1731), merchant and landowner, was probably born at Overton in the parish of Ashover, Derbyshire, where he was baptized on 2 April 1662; he was the second son of George Hodgkinson (d. 1692) of Overton and his wife, Anne. George Hodgkinson's...

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John Isham (1525–1596) by unknown artist, 1567 Lamport Hall Preservation Trust Ltd

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Isham, John (1525–1596), merchant and gentleman, was born in August 1525, probably at Ringstead, Northamptonshire, the fourth surviving son of Euseby Isham (d. 1546) and Ann, daughter of Giles Poulton, esquire. In spite of their father's modest circumstances (John received only ...

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Lowther, Sir Christopher, first baronet (1611–1644), merchant and landowner, born in early 1611 at Skirwith Hall, Kirkland parish, Skirwith, Cumberland, and baptized on 4 May 1611, was the second son of Sir John Lowther (1582–1637), lawyer and landowner, of Lowther Hall, Westmorland, and ...

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Lowther, Sir William (bap. 1612, d. 1688), merchant and landowner, of Swillington, Yorkshire, baptized at Holy Trinity Church, Kendal, Westmorland, on 28 September 1612, was the third son of Sir John Lowther (1582–1637), of Lowther Hall, Westmorland, and Ellinor Fleming (c.1583–1659)...

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Seckford, Sir Henry (d. 1610), merchant and courtier, was the sixth of the ten children of Thomas Seckford (1495–1575) of Bealings, Suffolk, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1557), the daughter of Sir John Wingfield of Letheringham, Suffolk. Seckford Hall, near Woodbridge, Suffolk...

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Verney, John, first Viscount Fermanagh (1640–1717), merchant and landowner, was born on 5 November 1640, second son of Sir Ralph Verney MP, first baronet (1613–1696), of Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, and Mary Blacknall (1616–1650), heir of John Blacknall of Abingdon, Berkshire. At the age of seven ...

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Wintringham [Wyntryngham], William (d. 1390x92), royal craftsman and merchant, was probably born in the 1320s or early 1330s, but his origins are unknown. He first occurs on 1 November 1361 as a carpenter at Windsor Castle, where he supervised the construction of the great hall roof at a wage of ...