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Cotton, Sir Richard (b. in or before 1497, d. 1556), courtier and administrator, was the third son of John Cotton, a Shropshire gentleman, and Cecily, daughter of Thomas Mainwaring of Ightfield, Shropshire. He began his career as an attorney in the sheriff's court in ...

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Crichton, William, of that ilk, first Lord Crichton (d. 1453), administrator and courtier, was the eldest son of Sir John Crichton of that ilk and his spouse, thought to have been Christian Grimslaw (who survived her husband). The family's principal seat was at ...

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Despenser, Hugh, the elder, earl of Winchester (1261–1326), administrator and courtier, was the son of Sir Hugh Despenser, the justiciar who was killed at Evesham in 1265, and his wife, Alina, daughter of Philip Basset. Born on 1 March 1261, in May 1281 he was granted full administration of his father's forfeited lands, and in August received livery of his mother's lands, although he was not yet of age. In March 1282 he received the manor of ...

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Egerton, Sir Ralph (b. before 1476, d. 1528), courtier and administrator, was a younger son of Hugh Egerton of Wrinehill in Cheshire, who died in 1505, about eighty years old. His mother was possibly the Margaret Dutton whom Hugh married in 1446, but ...

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Hastings, William, first Baron Hastings (c. 1430–1483), courtier and administrator, was the eldest son and heir of Sir Leonard Hastings of Kirby, Leicestershire, and Alice, daughter of Thomas, Lord Camoys.

William Hastings was aged twenty-four and more at his father's death in October 1455. ...

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Livingston, Sir Alexander, of Callendar (b. c. 1375, d. in or before 1456), courtier and administrator, was the eldest of four sons of the first marriage of Sir John Livingston of Callendar (fl. 1371–1402) to a daughter of John Menteith of Kerse...

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See Livingston, Sir Alexander, of Callendar

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See Parr, Sir William

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Ralph fitz Stephen (d. 1202), courtier and administrator, was probably the son of Stephen, a royal chamberlain who appears on the 1156/7 pipe roll. With his brothers William and Eustace he served Henry II in a number of capacities, in a manner characteristic of the (...

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Rivallis [Rivaux], Peter de (d. 1262), courtier and administrator, was the nephew of Peter des Roches, bishop of Winchester. His birthplace and the identity of his parents are unknown, although his surname may suggest a connection to Orival, Airvault, or Airvau in Poitou...

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See Ros, William de, first Lord Ros

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Scrope, William, earl of Wiltshire (1351?–1399), soldier, administrator, and courtier, was the eldest son of Richard Scrope, first Baron Scrope of Bolton (c. 1327–1403), and Blanche de la Pole, sister of Michael, earl of Suffolk. He followed in the footsteps of his father in entering the service of ...

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Seagrave [Segrave], Sir Hugh (d. 1387), administrator and courtier, was, on the evidence of his arms, a junior or bastard member of the baronial Seagrave family, which became extinct in its main line in 1353. He may be the Hugh who was squire to ...

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Stewart, Henry, first Lord Methven (c. 1495–1553/4), courtier and administrator, was the second of four sons of Andrew Stewart, second Lord Avondale (d. 1513), and Margaret, daughter of John Kennedy, second Lord Kennedy. Nothing is known of his early years, but in 1524 he and his brothers supported the coup by which, in the absence of the ...