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Blencowe, John (b. 1609, d. in or after 1640), playwright and Church of England clergyman, was born on 29 January 1609 and baptized on 8 February following in St Bride's, Fleet Street, the son of John Blencowe, citizen of London. In 1620 he entered ...

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William Cartwright (1611–1643) by unknown artist Sterling Library, University College London; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cartwright, William (1611–1643), poet, playwright, and Church of England clergyman, was born in December 1611 at Northway, Gloucestershire, and baptized there on 26 December, the first of two children of William Cartwright and his first wife, Dorothy (d. 1620), daughter of Rowland Coles...

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Fisher, Jasper (1590/91–1643), Church of England clergyman and playwright, was the son of William Fisher of Carleton, Bedfordshire, deputy auditor for the county of York, who was descended from a Warwickshire family, and Alice Roane of Wellingborough. Fisher matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford...

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Goffe [Gough], Thomas (1590/91–1629), playwright and Church of England clergyman, was born in Essex, the son of a clergyman. From Westminster School, aged eighteen, he was elected to a scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford, on 3 November 1609, thus following in the footsteps of ...

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Hausted, Peter (c. 1605–1644), playwright and Church of England clergyman, was born in Oundle, Northamptonshire. His parentage is uncertain but William Hawsted, a yeoman of Oundle who testified at an inquest at Peterborough in 1603, may have been the poet's father. Hausted was probably educated at the free ...

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Neville, Robert (b. 1640/41, d. in or before 1694), Church of England clergyman and playwright, was born in London, the son of Robert Neville of Sunninghill Park, Berkshire, and his wife, Mary Umfreville, daughter of Andrew Umfreville of Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire. He was educated at ...

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Plumptre, James (1770–1832), playwright and Church of England clergyman, was born in Norwich, the second son of Robert Plumptre (1723–1788), president of Queens' College, Cambridge, and his wife, Anne Newcome. He was educated at Dr Henry Newcome's school at Hackney, where he took part in amateur theatricals and developed a strong interest in drama; in 1788 he entered ...

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Townley, James (1714–1778), playwright and Church of England clergyman, was born in the parish of All Hallows Barking, Essex, on 6 May 1714, the second son of Charles Townley, a merchant of Tower Hill and Clapham, and the younger brother of Sir Charles Townley...

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Wager, William (1537/8?–1591), Church of England clergyman and playwright, was probably born in 1537 or 1538 (in 1579 he testified in chancery that he was '41 yeres and upwardes'), and was almost certainly the son of the playwright Lewis Wager (d. 1562)...

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Wilmot, Robert (b. c. 1550, d. in or before 1608), playwright and Church of England clergyman, was born in London, the son of Richard Wilmot, a merchant taylor. He went to Merchant Taylors' School, London. By 1567 he was a member of the ...