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Alen, John (1476–1534), archbishop of Dublin, is of unknown parentage. He received his undergraduate training at Gonville Hall, Cambridge, between 1491 and 1495, although there is an unverified tradition that he studied at the University of Oxford before migrating to Cambridge. After receiving his BA in 1494–5, he obtained a fellowship from ...

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Barnewall, John, third Baron Trimleston (1470–1538), administrator, was the son and heir of Christopher Barnewall, second Baron Trimleston, and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Plunket of Rathmore, co. Meath. In 1504 John was the king's attorney and was appointed the king's serjeant-at-law. Early in ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by D. B. Johnston

Barret, Patrick (d. 1415), bishop of Ferns and administrator, was a canon of the Augustinian abbey of Kells in the bishopric of Ossory. He was consecrated by the pope at Rome in December 1400 and was restored to the temporalities on 11 April 1401. From 1403 he was active in peacekeeping in ...

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Braybrooke [Braybroke], Robert (1336/7–1404), bishop of London, was born at Colmworth, Bedfordshire, a younger son of Sir Gerard Braybrooke of Colmworth and his wife, Isabella, probably a daughter of Sir Reginald Hampden of Great Hampden, Buckinghamshire. His father was MP for the county no fewer than sixteen times, and the family's landed pedigree can be traced from at least the mid-twelfth century. The bishop was recognized as kin by ...

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Charlton [Cherleton], Thomas (c. 1292–1344), bishop of Hereford, was the son of Robert Charlton (d. 1300) of Charlton in the parish of Wrockwardine, Shropshire, and the brother of John Charlton, lord of Powys (d. 1353), and Alan Charlton of Apley, Shropshire...

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Colton, John (d. 1404), archbishop of Armagh and justiciar of Ireland, was born at Terrington, Norfolk. Chaplain by 1343 to William Bateman, bishop of Norwich, Colton became doctor of canon law at Cambridge c.1348. In June 1349 he was made first warden of ...

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Compton, Sir William (1482?–1528), courtier, was the son and heir of Edmund Compton of Compton, Warwickshire; he was described as eleven years old and more on his father's death in 1493. According to Dugdale he became a page to Prince Henry, duke of York...

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Cranley, Thomas (c. 1337–1417), archbishop of Dublin and administrator, probably came from Cranleigh in Surrey. He was a student at Oxford and proceeded to the degree of doctor in divinity, his name first appearing in 1366, as a fellow of Merton College. He was ordained by ...

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Thomas Cranley (c. 1337–1417) memorial brass, c. 1417 © courtesy of the warden and scholars of New College, Oxford / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Dynham, John, Baron Dynham (c. 1433–1501), administrator, was the son and heir of Sir John Dynham and his wife, Elizabeth, the sister and heir of John Arches. At Nutwell in Devon since at least 1122 and patrons of Hartland Abbey, the Dinhams or Dynhams...

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Fitton, Alexander [styled Sir Alexander Fitton], Jacobite Baron Fitton (d. 1699), politician and Jacobite sympathizer, was probably born in Dublin, a younger son of William Fitton of Awrice, co. Limerick, and his wife, Eva, daughter of Sir Edward Trevor of Brynkinallt, Denbighshire; he was great-grandson of the Elizabethan adventurer ...

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FitzEustace, Roland, first baron of Portlester (d. 1496), administrator, was the eldest son of Sir Edward FitzEustace (d. c.1454), head of a leading Kildare family of gentry with extensive possessions in the Kildare and Meath marches. The FitzEustaces were among the most prominent of ...

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Fitzgerald, Thomas, seventh earl of Kildare (d. 1478), administrator, was the son of John Fitzgerald (d. in or before 1434), reputedly the sixth earl, and his wife, Margaret de la Herne, and grandnephew of Gerald Fitzgerald, the fifth earl (d. 1432)...

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Inge, Hugh (d. 1528), archbishop of Dublin and lord chancellor of Ireland, was a native of Somerset, recorded successively at Wells and Shepton Mallet. Admitted a scholar at Winchester College in 1480, two years later he went to New College, Oxford, again as a scholar, and he became a fellow there in 1484. He graduated in 1488 and later proceeded MA. Between 28 May and 17 December 1491 he was ordained subdeacon, deacon, and priest, and soon began to accumulate benefices, being admitted rector of ...

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Martyn, Richard (d. 1483), bishop of St David's, is first recorded in 1448, when he supplicated as bachelor of canon law, at Oxford; he had incepted in canon law by 1478. He served as chaplain to John Tiptoft, earl of Worcester (d...

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Morice [Morys], Sir John (d. 1362), justiciar of Ireland, is probably to be identified with the Bedfordshire knight of that name who represented the county in parliament and was frequently a commissioner of array, of oyer and terminer, and of the peace. He enjoyed a long public career which, because of his association with ...

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P. L. Nolan

revised by Nathan Wells

Naish, John (1842–1890), judge and politician, was born at Limerick on 10 July 1842, the second son of Carrol Naish of Ballycullen, co. Limerick, and first son of Anne Margaret O'Carroll, his second wife. He was educated at Tullabeg College and at the Jesuit school of ...

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Neville, Ralph de (d. 1244), administrator and bishop of Chichester, was of unknown parentage and illegitimate in the eyes of the church; however, both Geoffrey de Neville (d. 1225), John's chamberlain, and Hugh de Neville (d. 1234), chief forester under Henry III...

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Northalis, Richard (d. 1397), archbishop of Dublin and administrator, was perhaps the son of John Northale (John Clerk), who was sheriff of London in 1335–6, and died in 1349. Richard Northalis entered the Carmelite friary in London, and is said to have been chaplain to ...

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William Hunt

revised by Paul Brand

Norwich, Ralph of (d. 1258/9), administrator and royal clerk, was perhaps a native of Buckinghamshire. He was sent to Ireland as the king's messenger in May 1216, and having returned to England with a message from Geoffrey de Marisco, the justiciar, was on the accession of ...