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Allen, Thomas (1540?–1632), mathematician and antiquary, was probably born on 21 December 1540 (though some sources suggest 1542) at Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of William Allen. His family were local gentry who are known to have had Roman Catholic connections. Two of his four uncles also lived at ...


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Brerewood, Edward (c. 1565–1613), antiquary and mathematician, was one of three surviving children born to Robert Brerewood (c.1532–1601) of Chester, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Horton of Chester. Although illiterate, Robert Brerewood was a prosperous dealer in skins who also manufactured leather goods and dealt in timber and wool. He was three times mayor of ...


Dee, John (1527–1609), mathematician, astrologer, and antiquary, was born on 13 July 1527 in London, the only child of Rowland Dee and his wife, Joan or Joanna (1508/9–1580), daughter of William Wild.


John Dee (1527–1609) by unknown artist, 1574–86 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford