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Bethel, Slingsby (bap. 1617, d. 1697), merchant and political economist, was baptized in Alne, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on 27 February 1617, a younger son of Sir Walter Bethel (d. 1622), gentleman, and Mary Slingsby (1582–1662), daughter of Sir Henry Slingsby...

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King, Peter, first Baron King (1669–1734), lord chancellor, was born in Exeter, the son of Jerome King, a prosperous grocer and drysalter, and Anne, daughter of Peter Locke and first cousin of John Locke, the philosopher.

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Lawson, Sir Wilfrid, second baronet (1829–1906), politician and temperance campaigner, born on 4 September 1829 at his father's house, Brayton, near Carlisle, was the eldest son in a family of four sons and four daughters of Sir Wilfrid Lawson, first baronet (1795–1867), and his wife, ...

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Pynchon, William (1590–1662), public official and pamphleteer in America, was born on 26 December 1590 at Springfield, Essex, the son of John Pynchon (d. 1610) and Frances Brett (bap. 1590). As the child of a wealthy gentry family he was taught Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, but there is no evidence that he attended university. In 1624 he married ...

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Vane, Sir Henry, the younger (1613–1662), politician and author, was born near Debden, Essex, and was baptized at Debden on 26 May 1613, the first of the eleven children of Sir Henry Vane the elder (1589–1655), a Kentish landowner and rising courtier, and his wife, ...