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Docwra, Sir Thomas (d. 1527), prior of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England and diplomat, was descended from the Westmorland family of Docwra of Docwra Hall, Kendal, belonging to a cadet branch which had settled in Hertfordshire. His father, Richard Docwra...

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Keninghale, John (d. 1451), theologian, prior of Norwich, and diplomat, was born near Norwich and joined the Carmelite order there. He was ordained acolyte on 8 March 1407, and later studied at Oxford University, where he graduated DTh some time before 1425. As a young theologian, he was a confidant of ...

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Shelley, Sir Richard (c. 1513–1587), diplomat and prior of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England, was the second son of the judge Sir William Shelley (1478/9–1549) and Alice Belknap (d. 1536), both of Sussex. Richard Shelley followed others of his family by joining the knights of ...

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Sir Richard Shelley (c. 1513–1587) by Bernardo Rantvic, 1577 © Copyright The British Museum