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Ascham, Roger (1514/15–1568), author and royal tutor, was born at Kirby Wiske, near Northallerton in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the third of the four sons of John Ascham (d. 1544), steward to Henry, seventh Lord Scrope of Bolton, and his wife, ...

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Bruce, Thomas, second earl of Ailesbury (1656–1741), nobleman and memoirist, was born on 26 September 1656, probably at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the fifth but first surviving son of Robert Bruce, first earl of Ailesbury (bap. 1626, d. 1685), and his wife, Diana (d...

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William Byrd (1674–1744) attrib. Hans Hysing, c. 1725 The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia

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Byrd, William (1674–1744), landowner and diarist, was born on 28 March 1674 near the fall line of the James River, Virginia, the first of five children of William Byrd (1652–1704), colonial officer and planter, and Mary Horsmanden Filmer (1650–1699), a well-connected widow and daughter of ...

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Craufurd, Quintin (1743–1819), author and friend of the French royal family, was born on 22 September 1743 at Kilwinning in Ayrshire, the second son of Quintin Craufurd of Newark (d. 1749), justiciary baillie for the west seas of Scotland, and his wife, ...

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Dallington, Sir Robert (1561–1636x8), author and courtier, was born at Geddington, Northamptonshire. From about 1575 to about 1580 he was at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; there is no record of his graduation, but in 1601 he was incorporated at Oxford as MA of ...

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Davenport, William (bap. 1584, d. 1655), landowner and diarist, was baptized in Stockport, Cheshire, on 25 March 1584, the son and heir of Sir William Davenport (1563–1627) of Bramhall and Dorothy Warren (fl. 1566?–1615), the daughter of a neighbouring gentleman. William Davenport...

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Sir John Denham (1614/1515–1669) by unknown artist, c. 1661 University of London Library, Sterling Library, Chesterfield Portraits

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Denham, Sir John (1614/15–1669), poet and courtier, was probably born in Dublin, the only son of Sir John Denham (1559–1639), judge, and his second wife, Eleanor (d. 1619), daughter of Gerald, or Garret, Moore, Baron Moore of Mellefont and first Viscount Drogheda...

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Dwnn, Lewys [Lewys ap Rhys ab Owain] (b. c. 1545, d. in or after 1616), Welsh-language poet and herald, was the son of Rhys ab Owain; he took the surname Dwnn from his mother, Katherine, daughter of Rhys Goch Dwnn of Gwestydd, Llanllwchaearn, Montgomeryshire...

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Dyer, Sir Edward (1543–1607), courtier and poet, was born in October 1543 at Weston, Somerset, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Dyer (d. 1565) and his first wife, Frances (née Darcy), widow of William Thornburgh. Wood states that Edward studied at either ...

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Ferrers, George (c. 1510–1579), courtier and poet, was born about 1510 in St Albans, the first son of Thomas Ferrers of St Albans and his wife, Alice, the daughter of John Cockworthy of Cockworthy, Devon. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn on 22 November 1534; he was a frequent litigant, and praised by ...

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Godolphin, Sidney (bap. 1610, d. 1643), poet and courtier, was baptized on 15 January 1610 at Breage, Cornwall, the second of the four children of Sir William Godolphin (d. 1613) of Godolphin, Cornwall, and his wife, Thomasine (d. 1611/12), daughter and heir of ...

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William Herbert, third earl of Pembroke (1580–1630) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck Collection of the Earl of Pembroke and Trustees of Wilton House Trust, Wilton House, Salisbury, UK

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Herbert, William, third earl of Pembroke (1580–1630), courtier and patron of the arts, was the son of Henry Herbert, second earl of Pembroke (b. in or after 1538, d. 1601), and his third wife, Mary Sidney (1561–1621) [see Herbert, Mary, countess of Pembroke...

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Sir William Killigrew (bap. 1606, d. 1695) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, 1638 © reserved

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Killigrew, Sir William (bap. 1606, d. 1695), courtier and playwright, was baptized on 28 May 1606 at Hanworth, near Hampton Court, Middlesex, the eldest child of Sir Robert Killigrew (1579/80–1633) and Mary, daughter of Sir Henry Woodhouse of Kimberley, Norfolk; he was brother to ...

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Lloyd, Lodowick [Ludovic] (fl. 1573–1607), writer and courtier, was the fifth son of Oliver Lloyd, lord of the manor of Marrington, and Gwenllian, daughter of Griffith ap Howel ab Ieuan Blayney of Gregynog. Nothing is known of his early life, but his works suggest that he was highly educated, being able to write in Latin and having a wide range of reference to numerous classical and biblical authorities. A number of ...

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Edmund Lodge (1756–1839) by Lemuel Francis Abbott, c. 1790–95 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lodge, Edmund (1756–1839), herald and biographer, was born on 13 June 1756, in Poland Street, London, the only surviving son of the Revd Edmund Lodge (c.1729–1781), rector of Carshalton in Surrey, and his wife, Mary Garrard, the daughter and sole heir of ...