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Barkstead, John [created Sir John Barkstead under the protectorate] (d. 1662), major-general and regicide, was probably the son of Michael Barkstead, a London goldsmith, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Downing. His grandfather had lived at Lichfield in Staffordshire and his family was originally from ...

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Blackwell, John (1624–1701), government official and colonial governor, was born in St Matthew's parish, London, on 8 March 1624, the eldest son and second of ten children of John Blackwell (1594/5–1658), a puritan-inclined London merchant who at one time supplied the royal household with groceries and who latterly settled in ...

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Dendy, Edward (bap. 1613, d. 1674), government official, was baptized on 25 September 1613 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the son of Edward Dendy, serjeant-at-arms. The family originated from west Sussex; Edward's father acted for parliament and in its absence the court of Star Chamber...

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Ireton, John [created Sir John Ireton under the protectorate] (1615–1690), mercer and mayor of London, was born at Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, and baptized there on 17 October 1615, the son of German Ireton (d. 1624) and his wife, Jane. Recent arrivals from Derbyshire...

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Mann, Horace (1823–1917), civil servant, was born at Andover, Hampshire, on 4 October 1823, the youngest son of Thomas Mann (d. 1863), a solicitor, and his wife, Elizabeth Stubbings. He was baptized at Andover Independent Chapel on 4 January 1828. When the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths came into force in 1837 his father was appointed chief clerk of the ...

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Scobell, Henry (bap. 1610, d. 1660), parliamentary official, is said to have been born in Cornwall, but his antecedents in fact lay in Plymouth, Devon, where he was baptized at St Andrews parish church on 16 December 1610, the tenth child and fifth son of ...

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Thurloe, John (bap. 1616, d. 1668), government official, was baptized on 12 June 1616, the only son of Thomas Thurloe (bap. 1578, d. 1633), rector of Abbess Roding, Essex, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1637), widow of a Mr Ewer, with whom she had three sons, including the regicide ...

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John Thurloe (bap. 1616, d. 1668) by unknown artist, 18th cent.? [after original, 1650s] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Weaver, John (d. 1685), politician and government official, is thought to have been born of a family in the north of England. One suggestion is that his father kept an inn; another that his parents, whose names are unknown, were in financial difficulties. Nothing is known of his early years and he first emerged into public life in 1631 when he became a freeman of the borough of ...