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Wheatcroft, Leonard (1627–1707), craftsman and author, was born on 1 May 1627 at Ashover, Derbyshire, the eldest of nine children of Leonard Wheatcroft (d. 1648), yeoman, and his wife, Anne Harrison (c.1605–1693). He worked as a tailor with his father, and after the latter's death taught this trade to four of his brothers. He later claimed to have been a soldier '...