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Ashton, Hugh (d. 1522), Catholic ecclesiastic and university benefactor, apparently never himself had a formal university education, his main expertise lying in administration and estate management. He probably first encountered Lady Margaret Beaufort, countess of Richmond and Derby, in Lancashire, his native county, and rose to prominence through this association. On 7 January 1496 he was admitted to the rectory of ...

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Mellers, Agnes (d. 1513/14), benefactor, is of unknown origins. She is first recorded in a property deed of 1488, by when she had been married for several years to the Nottingham bell-founder Richard Mellers (d. 1507), whose origins are likewise unknown. As his surname does not feature in earlier surviving borough records it seems likely he was an outsider who attained burgess status in ...