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Berry, James (d. 1691), parliamentarian army officer and major-general, was in the late 1630s employed as a clerk in an ironworks in the west midlands. He was a friend of the puritan divine Richard Baxter with whom he shared a house for some time. ...

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John Lilburne (1615?–1657) by George Glover, 1641 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lilburne, John (1615?–1657), Leveller, was probably born at Sunderland in 1615. His father was Richard Lilburne (1583–1667), heir to a modest manorial holding at Thickley Punchardon near Bishop Auckland. His mother was Margaret (d. 1619), daughter of Thomas Hixon (d...

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Winstanley, Gerrard (bap. 1609, d. 1676), author and Digger, was baptized in the parish of Wigan, Lancashire, on 10 October 1609 the son of Edward Winstanlie, a mercer. A major puzzle is what in his sometimes obscure, but never entirely impenetrable, background contributed to the emergence of his formidable radicalism. Neither his father's precise place of residence nor ...