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Gay, Johnlocked

  • David Nokes


Gay, John (1685–1732), poet and playwright, was born in Barnstaple, north Devon, on 30 June 1685, probably in the High Street, the last of the five children of William Gay (d. 1695) and Katherine Hanmer (d. 1694). The Gays had been both powerful and numerous in the town's history and the poet's great-grandfather ...

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