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Rigby, Joseph (d. 1671), parliamentarian army officer and poet, was the third (but second surviving) son of Alexander Rigby (d. 1621), merchant and gentleman, and his first wife, Alice, daughter of Leonard Ashawe of Shaw Hall, near Flixton, Lancashire. His eldest brother was the noted parliamentarian officer ...

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Ward, John (1599?–1658?), parliamentarian officer and poet, was a native of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Both his date of birth and parentage are unknown, though the baptism of a John Ward, son of Thomas, at Tewkesbury Abbey on 10 June 1599 may refer to the poet (...

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Wortley, Sir Francis, first baronet (1591–1652), poet and royalist army officer, was from an ancient Yorkshire family, the son of Sir Richard Wortley (d. 1603) and Elizabeth (d. 1642?), daughter of Edward Boughton of Cawston, Warwickshire. He matriculated from Magdalen College, Oxford...