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Brooksby [née Vaux], Eleanor (c. 1560–1625), recusant and priest harbourer, was the eldest daughter and second of four children of William Vaux, third Baron Vaux of Harrowden (1535–1595), and his first wife, Elizabeth (d. 1562), daughter of Sir John Beaumont of ...

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Carew [née Denny], Martha, Lady Carew (c. 1500–1572), recusant, was born at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the eldest daughter of the exchequer baron Sir Edmund Denny (d. 1520) and his second wife, Mary Troutbeck of Bridge Trafford, Cheshire. About 1519 Martha married the financial official ...

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Isabel Hampden (fl. 1577-88), by unknown artist, c. 1577

Photo Credit: Harvey Whittam, 2018

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Hampden, Isabel (fl. 1577–88), recusant and member of the Catholic underground, was the daughter of Richard Curzon of Waterperry, Oxford, and his wife, Anne, daughter of William Gifford of Cowley, Buckinghamshire. She was married to Edmund Hampden d. 1577 of Baylis House in ...

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Hooper, Anne [née de Tscerlas] (d. 1555), protestant exile, is of obscure origins. Little is known about her parentage or early life, though several sources confirm that she was born into a noble family from the Low Countries, near Antwerp. Anne had at least one sister (later the wife of the French reformer ...

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Anne Howard, countess of Arundel (1557–1630) by Wenceslaus Hollar (after Lucas Vorsterman, c. 1626) © Copyright The British Museum

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Howard [née Dacre], Anne, countess of Arundel (1557–1630), noblewoman and priest harbourer, was born in Carlisle on 1 March 1557, the eldest daughter of Thomas Dacre, fourth Lord Dacre of Gilsland (1526?–1566), and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1567), daughter of ...

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Lawson [née Constable], Dorothy (1580–1632), recusant and priest harbourer, was born at Wing, Buckinghamshire, the second daughter of Sir Henry Constable (d. 1607) of Burton Constable, Holderness, Yorkshire, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Dormer of Wing, Buckinghamshire. She was raised as a pious Roman Catholic by her mother, who had spent time in prison for her recusancy. In 1597, aged seventeen, ...

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Percy [née Somerset], Anne, countess of Northumberland (1536–1591), rebel and Roman Catholic exile, was the third daughter of Henry Somerset, second earl of Worcester (1495/6–1549), and his second wife, Elizabeth Browne (c.1502–1565), sister of the courtier Sir Anthony Browne. Her elder brother, ...

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Rookwood [married name Gage], Elizabeth (1684–1759), estate manager, Roman Catholic recusant and scholar, was born at Coldham Hall, Stanningfield, Suffolk, on 4 January 1684, the only surviving child of Thomas Rookwood 1658–1726, and his first wife, Tamworth Martin d. 1684; her mother died in childbirth giving birth to ...

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Vaux, Anne (bap. 1562, d. in or after 1637), recusant, was the third daughter of William Vaux, third Baron Vaux of Harrowden (1535–1595), and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Beaumont, master of the rolls from 1550 to 1552. Anne was baptized at ...

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Wiseman [née Vaughan], Jane (d. 1610), recusant and priest harbourer, was said to be the daughter of Cuthbert Vaughan, of an ancient Welsh family, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Raydon; the chronicle of St Monica's states that her mother was of ...