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Barclay, Alexander (c. 1484–1552), poet and clergyman, was born at a place and date that are still obscure. John Bale, in the mid-sixteenth century, described him once as 'English', once as 'Scottish', and stated on a third occasion that 'some contend that he was a Scot, others an Englishman' (...

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Cardmaker, John (c. 1496–1555), clergyman and protestant martyr, was born at Exeter. Nothing is known of his parents and all that is recorded of his early years is that he was admitted to the Franciscan order under age. After sixteen years' study at ...

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Marshall [Martial], Richard (b. 1517, d. in or after 1575), dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and Roman Catholic priest, was born in Kent, probably the son of William Marshall (d. 1540?), the anti-Catholic polemicist. He entered Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 1532, and was a probationary fellow from 1538 to 1540. He was one of a group of younger members of the college (called 'neo-Christiani' by their seniors) who supported Henrician religious policy, and in 1538 he caused offence by striking out the word 'papa' from the library's edition of the works of ...

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Philpott [Philpot], John (1515/16–1555), clergyman and protestant martyr, was born at Compton Waselyn, Hampshire, the third son of Sir Peter Philpott (c.1488–1540) and Anne Troyes of Owlesbury, Hampshire. His father was a prominent member of the Hampshire gentry who served as sheriff for that county in 1524–5 and 1535–6, and as justice of the peace from 1523 to 1540. Unlike his son ...

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Seton, Alexander (d. 1542), Dominican friar and evangelical reformer, was unusual among Scottish Dominicans in having noble parentage, being the son of Sir Alexander Seton of Touch and Tullibody and Elizabeth Erskine, daughter of Thomas, earl of Mar. He was not so unusual in his education, being recorded in the university rolls of ...

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Trelawny, Sir Harry, seventh baronet (bap. 1756, d. 1834), dissenting minister, Church of England clergyman, and Roman Catholic priest, was baptized at St Budeaux, Devon, on 26 June 1756, the only son of Sir William Trelawny, sixth baronet (1722/3–1772) [see under Trelawny, Edward...