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Brereton, William, third Baron Brereton of Leighlin (bap. 1631, d. 1680), politician and natural philosopher, was baptized on 4 May 1631 at Brereton, Cheshire, the eldest son of William Brereton, second Baron Brereton (1611–1664), and his wife, Lady Elizabeth (d. 1687), daughter of ...

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Lower, Sir William (c. 1570–1615), politician and natural philosopher, was the eldest of the six sons of Thomas Lower and his wife, Jane, née Reskimer, minor Cornish gentry of St Winnow, near Lostwithiel. His father 'thrust forth his sonnes to be trayned in martiall knowledge and exercise for the publike service of the country' (...

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Pettus, Sir John (c. 1613–1685), natural philosopher and politician, was the second son of Sir Augustine Pettus (d. 1613) of Rackheath, Norfolk, and his second wife, Abigail (1592–1673), third daughter of Sir Arthur Heveningham of Ketteringham in the same county. In 1632 he matriculated as a fellow-commoner at ...

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Robartes, Francis (1649/50–1718), politician and natural philosopher, was baptized on 6 January 1650, the sixth son of John Robartes, second Baron Robartes and later first earl of Radnor (1606–1685), politician, and his second wife, Letitia Isabella (d. 1714), daughter of Sir John Smith...

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E. I. Carlyle

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Walsh, John (1726–1795), natural philosopher and politician, was born on 21 May 1726 in Madras, the second son of the three children of Joseph Walsh (d. 1731), senior merchant in the East India Company, and his wife, Elizabeth (1697–1734), daughter of Nevil Maskelyne (1663–1711)...