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date: 24 August 2019

Cowper [known as Shell], Agneslocked

(b. c. 1559, d. after 1619)
  • Laura Gowing


Cowper [known as Shell], Agnes (b.c. 1559, d. after 1619), servant and vagrant, was born in the parish of St Olave, Southwark, Surrey, the daughter of William Cowper (d. c.1565), an embroiderer, and his wife (d. c.1570), whose name is unknown. Her life story is illuminated by the chance of her encounter in 1619 with the exhaustive record keepers of the parish of ...

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