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Æthelweard [Ethelwerd] (d. 998?), chronicler and magnate, was ealdorman of south-western England. He styled himself 'Patricius Consul Fabius Quaestor', a latinization of 'Æthel-/ealdorman/Fabius/-weard'. He was the father of Æthelmær, grandfather of one Æthelweard and grandfather-in-law of another: all also ealdormen, and two of the same south-western ealdormanry as ...

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Benolt, Thomas (d. 1534), herald and diplomat, may have been born at Rouen; his mother's maiden name was Meautis, but his father's identity is not known. It was with Calais, however, that the family had its strongest links; Benolt is generally thought to have been a native of ...

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Blundell, William (1620–1698), royalist landowner and topographer, was born on 15 July 1620 at Crosby Hall, Little Crosby, Lancashire, the second son of Nicholas Blundell (c.1590–1631) and Jane (d. 1640), daughter of Roger Bradshaigh of Haigh, near Wigan. In 1635 at the age of fifteen he married, in ...

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William Bruges (c. 1375–1450) manuscript illumination, c. 1430 [kneeling, right] The British Library

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Bruges, William (c. 1375–1450), herald, was the son of Richard Bruges, Lancaster king of arms, and Katherine, whose maiden name may have been Hawley. He was appointed Chester herald on 7 June 1398 by letters patent under the seal of the new principality of ...

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Burke, John (1786–1848), author and genealogist, was born on 12 November 1786 at Parsonstown, King's county, Ireland, the eldest of three children of Peter Burke (1756–1836) of Elm Hall, co. Tipperary, JP for that county and for the King's county, and his first wife, ...

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Sir (John) Bernard Burke (1814–1892) by Charles Clarkington © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burke, Sir (John) Bernard (1814–1892), genealogist and herald, was born on 5 January 1814 in London, the second of six children to survive infancy of John Burke (1786–1848) of London, author of the Peerage and Baronetage, and his wife and cousin, Mary (1781–1846)...

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Cheke, Sir John (1514–1557), humanist, royal tutor, and administrator, was born on 16 June 1514 in a house on the corner of Market Hill and Petty Cury in Cambridge, the son of Peter Cheke (d. 1530), administrator, of Cambridge, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Cheke (1514–1557) attrib. Lodovico Leoni, c. 1555 © Copyright The British Museum

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Collins, Arthur (1681/2–1760), genealogist, was the son of William Collins, a gentleman usher to Charles II's consort, Queen Catherine of Braganza, and his wife, Elizabeth Blyth, daughter of Thomas Blyth. It seems likely that the family was Roman Catholic and that record of birth and marriage would have been found among the records of the ...

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Duwes [Dewes], Giles [pseud. Aegidius de Vadis] (d. 1535), musician and royal tutor, was perhaps of Norman origin; the village of Le Vey on the plain of Caen was then called Wez and Latinized as Vadum. One of the many useful foreigners who served ...

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Howard, Henry (1757–1842), landowner and antiquary, was born at Corby Castle, Cumberland, on 2 July 1757, the eldest son of Philip Howard (1730–1810) of Corby Castle, religious writer, and Anne, daughter of Henry Witham of Cliff, Yorkshire. His was a Roman Catholic family: his father wrote a ...

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Richard Ovenden and Stuart Handley

Howard, Lord William (1563–1640), antiquary and landowner, was born at Audley End, Essex, on 19 December 1563, the younger son of Thomas Howard, fourth duke of Norfolk (1538–1572), and his second wife, Margaret (1540–1564), only daughter and heir Thomas, Lord Audley of Walden...

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Lewknor, Sir Lewes (c. 1560–1627), courtier and translator, was the first surviving son of Thomas Lewknor (c.1538–1596), a politician, of Tangmere and Selsey, Sussex, and his first wife, Bridget, the daughter of John Lewes of Selsey. From Lyon's Inn, Lewknor entered the ...

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Lyndsay [Lindsay], Sir David (c. 1486–1555), writer and herald, was the eldest son of David Lyndsay (d. in or before 1524), who held lands in the Mount, located just outside Cupar in Fife, and in Garleton, near Haddington in East Lothian. The identity of his mother is unknown. He had four brothers: ...

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Machado, Roger [Ruy] (d. 1510), diplomat and herald, was probably of Portuguese extraction and may have lived among the Portuguese merchants at Bruges in 1455.

Machado first appears as Leicester herald on missions to the Low Countries in 1478 or 1479 and in 1480. He was possibly the Leicester herald present at the marriage of ...

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More [Moore], Sir Thomas Laurence de la (fl. 1327–1358), landowner and supposed chronicler, was the son of John Laurence de la More and a kinsman (nepos), possibly nephew, of Archbishop John Stratford (c. 1275–1348). Thomas's wife was called Isabel, a name also borne by ...

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Morrah, Dermot Michael Macgregor (1896–1974), journalist and herald, was born in Ryde, Isle of Wight, on 26 April 1896, the eldest in the family of two sons and two daughters of Herbert Arthur Morrah (1870–1939), a novelist and poet whose career reached its peak early with his election to the presidency of the ...

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Pace, John (b. c. 1523, d. in or before 1592), scholar and court jester, was probably the son of John Pace, a brother of Richard Pace (1483?–1536), secretary to Henry VIII, diplomat, and humanist. In 1522 the elder John Pace received 'license to exercise by deputy the office of customer … in the port of ...