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Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545), magnate, courtier, and soldier, was the second but only surviving son of Sir William Brandon (d. 1485) and his wife, Elizabeth Bruyn (d. 1494) of South Ockendon. The manner of Sir William's death, killed at ...

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Dudley, Robert, earl of Leicester (1532/3–1588), courtier and magnate, was born on 24 June 1532 or 1533, the fifth son of John Dudley, duke of Northumberland (1504–1553), royal minister, and his wife, Jane Dudley (1508/9–1555) [see under Dudley, duke of Northumberland (1504–1553)...

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Harington, John, first Baron Harington of Exton (1539/40–1613), courtier and landowner, was the eldest son of Sir James Harington (c.1511–1592), landowner and administrator, of Exton Hall, Rutland, and his wife, Lucy (c.1520–c.1591), daughter of Sir William Sidney...

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Russell, John, first earl of Bedford (c. 1485–1555), courtier and magnate, was probably born in Dorset, the son and heir of James Russell (d. 1505/6), landowner, of Kingston Russell, Dorset, and his first wife, Alice, daughter of John Wise of Sydenham, Devon...

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Somerset [formerly Beaufort], Charles, first earl of Worcester (c. 1460–1526), courtier and magnate, was the illegitimate son of Henry Beaufort, second duke of Somerset (1436–1464), and his mistress Joan Hill. His mother was still alive in 1493, when Henry VII gave her an annuity. He was thus a cousin both of ...

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Spencer, (Edward) John, eighth Earl Spencer (1924–1992), landowner and courtier, was born on 24 January 1924 at 24 Sussex Square, London, the only son of Albert Edward John Spencer, seventh Earl Spencer (1892–1975), and his wife, Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton (1897–1972), second daughter of the ...