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Thomas Seccombe

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Mortimer, John (1656?–1736), writer on agriculture, was born in London, the only son and heir of Mark Mortimer, of the old Somerset family of that name, and his wife, Abigail Walmesly, of Blackmore, Essex. He received a commercial education, and became a prosperous merchant on ...


Standish, Arthur (fl. 1552–1615), writer on agriculture, was, on his own assertion, a descendant of the Standish family, of Standish, near Wigan, Lancashire, and was plainly familiar with the layout of Standish Hall and grounds. Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, or Cambridgeshire are most likely candidates for his home county. His place of residence remains unknown, though his writing shows an acquaintance with the East Anglian fens. Other Standishes in his or the next generation were connected with ...