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Baker, Sir John (c. 1489–1558), administrator and speaker of the House of Commons, was born c.1489, being about sixty-two in 1551, the eldest of four sons of Richard Baker (d. 1504), landowner, of Cranbrook, Kent, and his wife, Joan (d...

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Bell, Sir Robert (d. 1577), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, is of unknown parentage and origins, although he may have come from a Norfolk or Yorkshire family. He was possibly educated at Cambridge and certainly at the Middle Temple, where he was a bencher, autumn reader in 1565, and Lent reader in 1572. He was married three times: first, to ...

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Best, William Draper, first Baron Wynford (1767–1845), judge and deputy speaker, was born at Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset, on 13 December 1767, the third son of Thomas Best and his wife, Elizabeth Draper. He attended the grammar school at Crewkerne, and, being intended for the ...

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Broke, Sir Robert (d. 1558), judge, legal writer, and speaker of the House of Commons, was probably born in the first decade of the sixteenth century. He was the eldest son of Thomas Broke of Claverley, Shropshire, and Margaret, daughter of Humphrey Grosvenor...

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Charlton, Sir Job, first baronet (c. 1614–1697), judge and politician, was born at Ludford, Herefordshire, the eldest surviving son of Robert Charlton (d. c.1670), a goldsmith of Mincing Lane in London, and Emma, daughter of Thomas Harby of Adstone, Northamptonshire. His father, who may have come from ...

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Sir John Croke (1553x66–1620) by unknown artist, 1618 by kind permission of the Earl of Leicester and the Trustees of the Holkham Estate. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Croke, Sir John (1553x6–1620), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, was the eldest son of Sir John Croke (d. 1608) of Chilton, Buckinghamshire, and Elizabeth (d. 1611), daughter of Sir Alexander Unton of Chequers in the same county, and grandson of ...

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Dyer, Sir James (1510–1582), judge, law reporter, and speaker of the House of Commons, was born between January and March 1510, the second son of Richard Dyer (d. 1523) of Wincanton, Somerset; his mother's surname was Walton. There was an old tradition that he spent some time at ...

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John Finch, Baron Finch of Fordwich (1584–1660) attrib. Sir Anthony Van Dyck, c. 1640 reproduced with the permission of Lord Barnard, Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, co. Durham. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Finch, John, Baron Finch of Fordwich (1584–1660), speaker of the House of Commons and judge, was born on 17 September 1584 at Hoath Farm, Moat, Kent, the son of Sir Henry Finch (c. 1558–1625), lawyer, and his wife, Ursula, daughter of John Thwaites...

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Gregory, Sir William (1625–1696), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, the second but eldest surviving son of Robert Gregory (d. 1643) and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Harvey of Broadestone, Gloucestershire, was born at his father's vicarage, possibly called ...

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Heigham, Sir Clement (b. in or before 1500, d. 1571), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, was born towards the end of the fifteenth century, being the eldest son of Clement Heigham (d. 1500) of Lavenham, Suffolk, and Maud, daughter of ...

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Pollard, Sir John (b. before 1508, d. 1557), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, was the eldest son of Walter Pollard of Plymouth and Avice, daughter of Richard Pollard of Way, Devon. His father's family had been merchants in Plymouth, but through his mother he was related to two other distinguished lawyers of the same surname, ...

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Popham, Sir John (c. 1531–1607), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, was born into a Somerset family of considerable antiquity. He was the second son of Alexander Popham of Huntworth (d. 1557) and Joan Stradling of St Donats, Glamorgan. He is said to have been educated at ...

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Sir John Popham (c. 1531–1607) by unknown artist, in or before 1592 © reserved

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Richardson, Sir Thomas (bap. 1569, d. 1635), judge, was baptized on 3 July 1569 at Hardwick, Norfolk, the son of William Richardson (d. c.1616), probably the curate there, and his first wife, Agnes (d. 1582). His father was one of the minority of the county's clergy who were both non-graduate and unlicensed to preach. Notwithstanding, in 1575 he was appointed by ...

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Rochfort, Robert (1652–1727), judge and speaker of the Irish House of Commons, was probably born on 9 December 1652, second son of Lieutenant-Colonel Prime-Iron Rochfort (d. 1652), of Agherry, co. Wicklow, and his wife, Thomasina, daughter of Sir Robert Pigott. It would appear that the ...

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See Stanihurst [Stanyhurst], Richard

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Trevor, Sir John (c. 1637–1717), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, was the second son of John Trevor (1602–c.1643) of Bryncunallt, Denbighshire, judge on the north Wales circuit, and his wife, Margaret, the daughter of John Jeffreys of Acton, Denbighshire...

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Turnor, Sir Edward (1616/17–1676), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, was the second son of Arthur Turnor (d. 1651), treasurer of the Middle Temple and serjeant-at-law, and Anne, daughter of John Jermy of Gunton, in Norfolk. He was educated at ...