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Parker, Henry [called the Observator] (1604–1652), political writer, was the fifth son of Sir Nicholas Parker (d. 1619) of Ratton, Sussex, and Sir Nicholas's third wife, Katherine, daughter of Sir John Temple (d. 1603) of Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Parker matriculated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford...

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Sprigg, William (bap. 1633, d. in or after 1701), political writer, was baptized on 9 July 1633 at Banbury, Oxfordshire, the second son of William Sprigg or Sprigge (fl. 1618–1652), steward of New College, Oxford, and subsequently assessment commissioner for Oxfordshire. Sprigg's...

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Sydenham, Cuthbert (bap. 1623, d. 1654), Independent minister and political writer, was baptized at Truro, Cornwall, on 28 June 1623, the fourth son of Cuthbert Sydenham (1565/6–1630), a prominent local woollen draper who served as mayor in 1627, and his wife, Jane Gregor...