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Bodley, Sir Thomas (1545–1613), scholar, diplomat, and founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, was born on 2 March 1545 in a house on the corner of High Street and Gandy Street, Exeter, the eldest son of John Bodley (c. 1520–1591), religious radical and publisher, of ...

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Colebrooke, Henry Thomas (1765–1837), administrator in India and scholar, was born in London on 15 June 1765, youngest son of Sir George Colebrooke, second baronet (1729–1809), banker and for four years chairman of the East India Company (1769–73), and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Gordon, George Hamilton-, fourth earl of Aberdeen (1784–1860), prime minister and scholar, first child of six sons and a daughter of George Gordon, Lord Haddo (1764–1791), and his wife, Charlotte (or Charles; d. 1795), the youngest daughter of William Baird of Newbyth, Haddingtonshire...

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Isham, Sir Justinian, second baronet (1611–1675), scholar and politician, was born on 20 January 1611 at Lamport Hall, Lamport, Northamptonshire, and was baptized at Lamport on 3 February. He was the third child and only son of Sir John Isham, first baronet (1582–1651)...

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Smith, Sir Thomas (1513–1577), scholar, diplomat, and political theorist, was born on 23 December 1513 at Saffron Walden, the second son of John Smith (d. 1557), a small-scale sheep farmer, and Anne Charnock (d. 1547), of Lancashire origins. His health was not good and he applied himself to learning, going to ...

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Wilson, Thomas (1523/4–1581), humanist and administrator, was born between August 1523 and January 1524, the eldest of five sons of Thomas Wilson (d. 1551), yeoman farmer, of Strubby, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Anne, daughter and heir of Roger Cumberworth of Cumberworth, Lincolnshire...