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Brooksby [née Vaux], Eleanor (c. 1560–1625), recusant and priest harbourer, was the eldest daughter and second of four children of William Vaux, third Baron Vaux of Harrowden (1535–1595), and his first wife, Elizabeth (d. 1562), daughter of Sir John Beaumont of ...

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Carew [née Denny], Martha, Lady Carew (c. 1500–1572), recusant, was born at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the eldest daughter of the exchequer baron Sir Edmund Denny (d. 1520) and his second wife, Mary Troutbeck of Bridge Trafford, Cheshire. About 1519 Martha married the financial official ...

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Isabel Hampden (fl. 1577-88), by unknown artist, c. 1577

Photo Credit: Harvey Whittam, 2018

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Hampden, Isabel (fl. 1577–88), recusant and member of the Catholic underground, was the daughter of Richard Curzon of Waterperry, Oxford, and his wife, Anne, daughter of William Gifford of Cowley, Buckinghamshire. She was married to Edmund Hampden d. 1577 of Baylis House in ...

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Hooper, Anne [née de Tscerlas] (d. 1555), protestant exile, is of obscure origins. Little is known about her parentage or early life, though several sources confirm that she was born into a noble family from the Low Countries, near Antwerp. Anne had at least one sister (later the wife of the French reformer ...

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Anne Howard, countess of Arundel (1557–1630) by Wenceslaus Hollar (after Lucas Vorsterman, c. 1626) © Copyright The British Museum

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Howard [née Dacre], Anne, countess of Arundel (1557–1630), noblewoman and priest harbourer, was born in Carlisle on 1 March 1557, the eldest daughter of Thomas Dacre, fourth Lord Dacre of Gilsland (1526?–1566), and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1567), daughter of ...

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Hyde, David de la (fl. 1549–1561), scholar and recusant, is of unknown parentage. Anthony Wood believed him to be of Irish birth. Sir Walter and his son Sir James de la Hyde of Moyclare, King's county, were proscribed for supporting the rebellion of ...

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Lawson [née Constable], Dorothy (1580–1632), recusant and priest harbourer, was born at Wing, Buckinghamshire, the second daughter of Sir Henry Constable (d. 1607) of Burton Constable, Holderness, Yorkshire, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Dormer of Wing, Buckinghamshire. She was raised as a pious Roman Catholic by her mother, who had spent time in prison for her recusancy. In 1597, aged seventeen, ...

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Marion, Elie (1678–1713), Camisard prophet, was born on 30 May 1678, at Barre des Cévennes, Lozère, in the Cévennes mountains, southern France, the eldest of the eight children of Jean Marion (d. 1709/10), a prosperous protestant farmer, and his wife, Louise, née...

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Martin, Roger (1526/7–1615), recusant and memoirist, was born between 3 August 1526 and 3 August 1527. He was the eldest son of Richard Martin, esquire (d. c.1573), and his first wife, Anne (d. 1528), daughter of Thomas Eden of London...

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Morris [Morys], Roger (1551/2?–1597x1600), antiquary and recusant, was perhaps the Roger Morris of Flintshire at Hart Hall, Oxford, aged nineteen in 1571. His later home was at Coedytalwrn, parish of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire.

Morris is hardly known except through his manuscripts, written in a notably neat and unostentatious hand, a hand which would be nameless had not two contemporaries, ...

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Percy [née Somerset], Anne, countess of Northumberland (1536–1591), rebel and Roman Catholic exile, was the third daughter of Henry Somerset, second earl of Worcester (1495/6–1549), and his second wife, Elizabeth Browne (c.1502–1565), sister of the courtier Sir Anthony Browne. Her elder brother, ...

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Rookwood [married name Gage], Elizabeth (1684–1759), estate manager, Roman Catholic recusant and scholar, was born at Coldham Hall, Stanningfield, Suffolk, on 4 January 1684, the only surviving child of Thomas Rookwood 1658–1726, and his first wife, Tamworth Martin d. 1684; her mother died in childbirth giving birth to ...

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Tregian, Francis (1548–1608), recusant gentleman, was born in 1548 at Golden Manor, near Probus, Cornwall, the son of John Tregian (1520–1575) and his wife, Katherine (c.1520–c.1580), eldest daughter of Sir John Arundell of Lanherne and his wife, Elizabeth. He received his early education at home before spending the years 1560–72 on the continent. About 1570 he married ...

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Tresham, Sir Thomas (1543–1605), gentleman and recusant, was the son of John Tresham (c.1520–1546) and Eleanor (d. 1546), daughter of Anthony Catesby of Whiston. Born in September 1543, Thomas became heir at the age of three to the Northamptonshire estates of his grandfather, ...

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Vaux, Anne (bap. 1562, d. in or after 1637), recusant, was the third daughter of William Vaux, third Baron Vaux of Harrowden (1535–1595), and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Beaumont, master of the rolls from 1550 to 1552. Anne was baptized at ...

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Vaux, William, third Baron Vaux (1535–1595), recusant and priest harbourer, was probably born at Harrowden, Northamptonshire, in August 1535, the son of Thomas Vaux, second Baron Vaux (1509–1556), and Elizabeth (1504×9–1556), daughter and heir of Sir Thomas Cheyne of Irthlingborough. William succeeded to the title upon the death of his father in October 1556, and at some time before 1 June 1557 he married ...

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Vavasour, Thomas (d. 1585), physician and recusant, was a younger son of Sir Peter Vavasour (d. in or after 1556) of Spaldington, Yorkshire, and Elizabeth Windsor; the family was a cadet branch of the Vavasours of Hazelwood Castle. Thomas Vavasour was educated at ...

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