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Gruffudd, Elis (b. c. 1490, d. in or after 1556), copyist and chronicler, was born at Gronant Uchaf, Gwesbyr, Llanasa, Flintshire. He himself is the source for almost all that is known of his life and career, though a few details are supplied or confirmed by external references. His genealogy has not been recorded, but he appears to have inherited a small estate which became the subject of legal wrangling, and he probably had wide family and social connections as one of the minor gentry in ...

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John Hardyng (b. 1377/88, d. in or after 1464) manuscript painting © The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Hardyng, John (b. 1377/8, d. in or after 1464), chronicler and forger, is of unknown parentage, but was probably born in Northumberland. Almost all the details of his life are derived from his own writings. He says that he entered the household of ...

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Kelton, Arthur (d. 1549/50), verse chronicler, was probably a native of Shrewsbury. His parents and date of birth are unknown. Wood says he was thought to be Welsh, but Kelton himself seems to have been uncertain about his national identity. In his first published work he refers to the Welsh as '...

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Ó Cléirigh, Míchél [Michael O'Clery] (b. in or after 1590?, d. 1643?), scribe and chronicler, was born at Kilbarron, near Ballyshannon in south co. Donegal, the youngest of four sons of Donnchadh, a grandson of Tuathal Ó Cléirigh (d. 1512), and a member of a hereditary learned family; his mother was ...

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Stewart, William (fl. 1499–1541), chronicler and poet, was great-grandson of one of the illegitimate sons of Alexander Stewart, earl of Buchan. He was educated at St Andrews, where apparently he was a determinant in 1499, and first of the licentiates in 1501. Stewart...

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Vicars, John (1580–1652), chronicler and poet, was probably born in London. Orphaned when young, he was brought up and educated on the charity of Christ's Hospital, London. As a penniless young man he was enabled by a stroke of providence (a lucky find, as he recalls in his will) to study for some time at ...