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Acton, Sir Robert (b. before 1497, d. 1558), saddler and member of parliament, was born into a family of Worcestershire gentry, the son of Richard Acton of Sutton and his wife, Margery Dore. How he obtained an entrée to the royal court is unknown, but by 22 October 1518 he was a groom of the chamber, subsequently becoming a page (1526) and a gentleman usher (1528). More important to his advancement, however, was his marriage, by May 1528, to ...

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Ashe, John (1597–1659), clothier and parliamentarian activist, was born in Westcombe, Somerset, the eldest son of James Ashe (d. 1646), clothier, and his wife, Grace Pitt, daughter of Richard Pitt of Weymouth. He was baptized at Batcombe, in the same county, on 27 October 1597. He married ...

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Dauntsey, William (c. 1480–1543), merchant and benefactor, was the fourth and youngest known son of John Dauntsey, esquire, of West Lavington, Wiltshire, where his family could trace its ancestry back to the mid-twelfth century, and his wife, Margery. He is to be distinguished from a contemporary namesake (...

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Hawkins, William (b. before 1490, d. 1554/5), merchant and sea captain, was probably born in Tavistock, Devon, the eldest of three children of John Hawkins (d. in or before 1490), merchant, of Tavistock, and his wife, Joan, daughter of William and Margaret Amadas...

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Husee, John (d. 1548), agent and soldier, is known to history principally as the servant of Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle, governor of the English outpost at Calais between 1533 and 1540. Thanks to that employment, and as a result of the seizure of ...

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Molyneux, Emery (d. 1598), maker of globes and ordnance, came, according to Petruccio Ubaldini, who knew him, 'of obscure and humble family background' (Crinò and Wallis, 14) and was probably the Emery Molynox who was presented as William Cooke's...

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Perry [formerly Pery], Micaiah (bap. 1641, d. 1721), merchant, was born in New Haven, in what was to become Connecticut, where he was baptized at the First Church on 31 October 1641. His grandfather Richard Pery (1580–1650), from a family of small merchants in ...

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Petyt [Petit], Thomas (b. in or before 1494, d. 1565/6), printer and bookseller, was born in England but may have been related to the Parisian printer John Petit, who is said to have had printed books 'in thaundes of Thomas Petytt' in ...

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Skut, John (fl. 1519–1547), tailor, is of unknown origins. It is highly likely that he was trained in London by apprenticeship, but nothing certain can be said of him before 1519–20, when he was named as the queen's tailor in Katherine of Aragon's...

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Wallington, Nehemiah (1598–1658), turner and diarist, was born on 12 May 1598 in the parish of St Leonard Eastcheap, London, the tenth of twelve children and the fourth son of John Wallington, citizen and turner (1552/3–1638), and his wife, Elizabeth (1562/3–1603), the daughter of ...

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Whitchurch, Edward (d. 1562), printer and bookseller, was a member of the Haberdashers' Company in London in the 1530s, working from the sign of the Well and Two Buckets in St Martin Outwich. In 1537 he and Richard Grafton became involved in Thomas Cromwell's...

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Wyer [Wyre], Robert (fl. 1524–1556), printer and bookseller, is mainly known from his printed books as there is no record of his place of origin, date of birth, education, or family. However, possible links with the Wyers of Wendover, Buckinghamshire, with the mid-sixteenth-century printers ...

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Wyggeston [Wigston], William (c. 1467–1536), merchant and benefactor, belonged to a family originating at Wigston, just outside Leicester, whose members were by the fifteenth century established as wealthy wool merchants in Coventry and in Leicester itself. The family name is variously spelt: in ...