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Palmer, James (bap. 1581, d. 1660), Church of England clergyman and benefactor, was born in the parish of St Margaret's Westminster, and baptized there in July 1581, the son of Henry Palmer. He graduated BA of Magdalene College, Cambridge, early in 1602 and proceeded MA in 1605; while there he received an exhibition from the ...

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Smith, Henry [nicknamed Dog Smith] (1549–1628), benefactor, was born in Wandsworth, Surrey, in May 1549. His father, according to a later genealogy, was Walter Smith of Gloucestershire, first cousin of the courtier and landowner Sir Thomas Smith of Campden in the same county; his mother was the daughter of ...

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Watts, Richard (c. 1529–1579), naval administrator and benefactor, was born at West Peckham, Kent, and migrated to Rochester in or about 1552. In 1547 he was appointed joint purveyor of naval victualling with Edward Baeshe, an appointment which foreshadowed the latter's appointment in June 1550 as general surveyor of victuals for the navy. As surveyor of victuals for ...

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Wilson, William Carus (1791–1859), Church of England clergyman and founder of charity schools, was born on 7 July 1791 at Heversham, Westmorland, the eldest of the eight surviving children of William Carus (1764–1851) of Casterton Hall, Westmorland, and his wife, Margaret (d...