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MacFadden, James (1842–1917), Roman Catholic priest and tenant leader, was born near Carrigart, co. Donegal, the fourth of five children. His father, John, was a comfortable Catholic farmer in a region where members of the minority Church of Ireland dominated that class. Related to several influential figures in the Roman Catholic hierarchy, including ...

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Powell, Edward [called Anderson of the Fens] (bap. 1608, d. in or after 1642), protester, was baptized on 8 May 1608 in the parish of Holy Trinity, Ely, Cambridgeshire, the illegitimate son of Mary Powell (d. 1645?), who later, in 1613, married ...

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Reynolds, John [alias Captain Pouch] (d. 1607), enclosure protester, was a leader in the midland revolt of 1607. Since no record appears to have survived of either his examination or trial and the only references to his involvement in the rising omit his place of origin, it is impossible to say anything of his earlier life. A chronicler's later report includes the marginal note that he was either a pedlar or a tinker. If true, then ...

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Williams, John [alias Skimmington] (fl. 1631–1637), labourer and protester, of English Bicknor in Gloucestershire, came to fame under the alias of Skimmington as one of the leaders of the protests against royal enclosure in the Forest of Dean. Very little is known of his life apart from the records created as a result of his political activities in the 1630s. From a petition of 1637 seeking his release from imprisonment it is evident that he was married and had several children. Variously described in the legal records as either a labourer or a yeoman, it has been suggested that he might have been a miner. The background to his involvement in the protests was the attempt by the crown to improve its revenues from the ...