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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. ...


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


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...


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 ...