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Allen, Francis (c. 1583–1658), politician and regicide, was probably born in London, though nothing is as yet known of his early life or parentage. He first appears in the mid-1630s as a liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Company living on Fleet Street. He was one of those goldsmiths living in 'remote' places who opposed attempts to force them back into the ...

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Alured, John (bap. 1607, d. 1651), army officer and regicide, was baptized in the parish of All Saints, Sculcoates, Hull, Yorkshire, on 4 April 1607, the eldest son of Henry Alured (c.1581–1628), gentleman landowner, and his wife, Frances (d. 1626)...

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Arden, Thomas (c. 1508–1551), murder victim, was the son of Margery Arden of Norwich, also known as Mother Arden. His career shows that he was well educated, almost certainly as a lawyer. By 1537 he was an assistant to Edward North, clerk of the ...

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Arundell, Sir Thomas (c. 1502–1552), administrator and convicted conspirator, was the younger son of Sir John Arundell of Lanherne, Cornwall (c.1474–1545), and his first wife, Eleanor (d. by December 1503), daughter of Thomas Grey, first marquess of Dorset (c. 1455–1501)...

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Bagard, Thomas (d. 1544), civil lawyer and divine, was born in the diocese of Hereford, of unknown parentage. He was a scholar in civil law by March 1515 at Oxford University and was a member of New Inn. He was connected with the diocese of ...

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Baker, Sir John (c. 1489–1558), administrator and speaker of the House of Commons, was born c.1489, being about sixty-two in 1551, the eldest of four sons of Richard Baker (d. 1504), landowner, of Cranbrook, Kent, and his wife, Joan (d...

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Baldwin, Sir John (bap. before 1470, d. 1545), judge, was born shortly before 1470, a younger son of William Baldwin (d. 1479?) of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and Agnes, daughter of William Dormer of Wycombe in the same county. William's brother, John Baldwin (...

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Barber, John (c. 1500–1549), clergyman and civil lawyer, is of obscure origins. He was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1528 to 1538, having graduated as a bachelor of canon law (4 February 1525) and of civil law (19 February 1528). He became a member of the ...

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Beaumont, John (d. in or after 1556), lawyer and administrator, was the elder son of Thomas Beaumont of Thringstone, Leicestershire (who was cousin to John Beaumont, first Viscount Beaumont), and his wife, Mary, daughter of Robert Moton of Peckleton, Leicestershire. A member of the ...

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Bedyll, Thomas (c. 1486–1537), administrator and canon lawyer, was born at Winchester, where his father was a college tenant. In 1498 he was admitted a scholar at Winchester College and two years later proceeded to New College, Oxford. Elected a fellow of New College...

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Bellasis, Anthony (d. 1552), clergyman and civilian, was the second son of Thomas Bellasis of Henknowle, co. Durham, and Margaret, née Thirkell. He was thus a member of a prominent border gentry family; his elder brother, Richard Bellasis [see under Bellasis family...

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Brabazon, Sir William (d. 1552), lord justice of Ireland, was the son of John Brabazon, a gentleman of Eastwell, Leicestershire; his mother's maiden name was Chaworth. At an unknown date he married Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Nicholas Clifford of Holme, Kent; they had two sons and two daughters. ...

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Bradshaw, Henry (c. 1500–1553), judge, was the only surviving son of William Bradshaw of Wendover, Buckinghamshire, who died in 1537. He was admitted to the Inner Temple from Barnard's Inn in 1521. Although he was temporarily put out of commons for quarrelling in 1529, he was called to the bar about that time and became a bencher in 1536 when he gave his first reading. He served as double reader in 1542, notwithstanding that he had the king's letters to be excused (as a law officer), and was treasurer for three years from 1544. It was probably during the 1540s that he erected chambers in the inn, known for a while as ...

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Brereton, Sir William (d. 1541?), lord justice of Ireland, was the eldest son of Sir Andrew Brereton of Brereton, Cheshire, and Agnes, daughter of Robert Legh of Adlington in the same county. William was knighted before 1523 and served on several local commissions. He married, first, ...

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Broke, Sir Robert (d. 1558), judge, legal writer, and speaker of the House of Commons, was probably born in the first decade of the sixteenth century. He was the eldest son of Thomas Broke of Claverley, Shropshire, and Margaret, daughter of Humphrey Grosvenor...

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Bromley, Sir Thomas (d. 1555), judge, was born about the end of the fifteenth century. He was the second son of Roger Bromley of Mitley, Shropshire, and Jane, daughter of Thomas Jennings of Church Pulverbatch. He was a cousin of George Bromley (...

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Clyffe, William (d. 1558), civil lawyer, is of unknown parentage. He was educated at Cambridge, where he graduated LLB in 1514 and LLD in 1523. Clyffe had an active legal career. He was admitted as an advocate of Doctors' Commons on 15 December 1522, and was commissary of the diocese of ...

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Coningsby [Conyngesby], William (d. 1540), judge, was the second (and eldest surviving) son of Sir Humphrey Coningsby (d. 1535), justice of the king's bench, and his first wife, Isabel Fereby. He was educated in the 1490s at Eton College, and then at King's College, Cambridge...

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Cooke [Coke], William (d. 1553), judge, is said to have been born in Chesterton, near Cambridge, where he had a house, and to have attended Cambridge University, although the latter point is dubious. His parentage is obscure, but his father may have been the East Anglian attorney called ...

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Coytmor, Robert (fl. 1640–1660), lawyer and administrator, was a younger son of Robert Coytmor (d. in or before 1649) of Coetmor, a house of local importance in the Ogwen valley, Snowdonia, and his wife, Lumley (d. in or before 1652). The ...