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Robert Dover (1581/22–1652) by unknown artist, 1636 [Dover figure in front centre] © The British Library

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Dover, Robert (1581/2–1652), organizer of the Cotswold Olimpick games, was born in Great Ellingham, Norfolk, the second son of John Dover, gentleman. He went to Queens' College, Cambridge, as a sizar, matriculating on 15 June 1595, but left without taking a degree. In 1599, at the age of seventeen, he was examined at ...

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Thomas Lord (1755–1832) by unknown artist Marylebone Cricket Club, London / Bridgeman Art Library

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Lord, Thomas (1755–1832), founder of Lord's cricket ground and businessman, was born on 23 November 1755 at Thirsk, Yorkshire, the son of William Lord, a labourer from a Roman Catholic family. Lord's ancestors had suffered for their allegiance to the Jacobite cause and had had their lands sequestered, forcing his father to work as a labourer. The family moved to ...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Panton, Thomas (d. 1685), gambler and rake, was the youngest son of John Panton, a Leicestershire gentleman living at Ashby-de-la-Zouch. When the nucleus of a regular army was formed by Charles II in 1661 Panton, who may have attended the king abroad and already enjoyed a titular colonelcy, obtained a commission in his majesty's ...

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See Pilkington, William

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E. I. Carlyle

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Ward, William (1787–1849), cricketer and banker, was born at Highbury Place, Highbury, Middlesex, in July 1787, the second son of George Ward (d. 1829), of Northwood Park, Cowes, a London merchant and large-scale landowner in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, and his wife, ...