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Aston, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1600–1646), apologist of the Church of England and local politician, was born on 29 September 1600 at Aston near Runcorn, Cheshire, the eldest son of John Aston (d. 1615) and his wife, Maude Needham. The Aston family had a long history of service to the crown and ...

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James [née Banckes], Elinor [Eleanor] (1644/5–1719), printer and polemicist, was the daughter of Mary Banckes; the name of her father is not known. By a marriage licence dated 27 October 1662, at the age of seventeen, she married Thomas James (c...

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Palmer, Roger, earl of Castlemaine (1634–1705), diplomatist and Roman Catholic apologist, was born on 3 September 1634, the second son of Sir James Palmer (d. 1657), of Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire, being the son of Sir James's second marriage, to Catherine, daughter of ...