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Blakiston, John (bap. 1603, d. 1649), politician and regicide, was baptized on 21 August 1603 at Sedgefield in co. Durham, the third son of Marmaduke Blakiston (1565–1639) and Margaret James (1575–1636). He was apprenticed to Christopher Shafto of Newcastle upon Tyne, probably in 1613, and became a free burgess, as a mercer, in 1627. Later, royalists described him as either a pedlar, butcher, chandler, or shopkeeper, but such disparaging comments cannot detract from the fact that by 1632 he was one of ...

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Callender, William Romaine (1825–1876), cotton spinner and politician, was born on 2 June 1825 at 7 Nelson Street, Chorlton Row, Manchester, the elder son of William Romaine Callender (1794–1872), merchant and calico printer, and his first wife, Hannah, the daughter of Samuel Pope...

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Corbett, Miles (1594/5–1662), politician and regicide, was probably born in Sprowston, Norfolk, where several generations of the Corbett family are buried, the second son of Sir John Corbett, baronet (d. 1628), who married a daughter of Sir Arthur Capel. A pedigree compiled between 1655 and 1659 lists ...

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Disbrowe [Desborough], John (bap. 1608, d. 1680), parliamentarian army officer and politician, was baptized at Eltisley, Cambridgeshire, on 13 November 1608, the second son of James Disbrowe (1582–1638) and his wife, Elizabeth Marshall (d. 1628/9). His brother was Samuel Desborough [Disbrowe], politician and administrator. Their father was a gentleman and owner of the advowson of ...

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Edwards, (Allen) Clement (1869–1938), trade unionist, barrister, and journalist, was born on 7 June 1869 in Knighton, Radnorshire, the third of seven children born to George Benjamin Edwards, auctioneer, master tailor, and draper, and Sarah Ellen (née Tudge). Both parents came from farming, nonconformist, and radical families in the border areas. ...

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William Fiennes, first Viscount Saye and Sele (1582–1662) by Adam de Colone on loan to Broughton Castle

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Fiennes, William, first Viscount Saye and Sele (1582–1662), politician, was born at Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire, on 28 May 1582, the only son and heir of Richard Fiennes, seventh Baron Saye and Sele (c.1557–1613) and his first wife, Constance Kingsmill. He was educated at ...

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Lister, Thomas (1597–1668), politician, was the eldest son of William Lister (d. 1641) of Coleby Hall, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Grisell (d. 1642) daughter of William Rivett of Rowston in the same county. On 1 November 1616 he was admitted of ...

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Mappin, Sir Frederick Thorpe, first baronet (1821–1910), industrialist and politician, was born on 16 May 1821 in Sheffield, the eldest of the four sons of Joseph Mappin (1793–1841), cutlery manufacturer, and his wife, Mary, the daughter of Thomas Thorpe of Haynes, Bedfordshire, a land surveyor. He was educated at ...

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Sir Frederick Thorpe Mappin, first baronet (1821–1910) by Bassano, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Overton, Benjamin [formerly Ebenezer] (c. 1647–1711), politician and political pamphleteer, was a younger son of the radically inclined Cromwellian major-general Robert Overton (1608/9–1678/9) and his wife, Ann (1615/16–1665), daughter of Jeremy Gardiner of Stratford, Middlesex.

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Rigby, Alexander (bap. 1594, d. 1650), politician and parliamentarian army officer, was baptized on 9 July 1594 at Flixton, Lancashire, the eldest son of Alexander Rigby (d. 1621) of Wigan, merchant and landowner, and his first wife, Alice, daughter of Leonard Ashawe...

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Rous, Francis (1580/81–1659), religious writer and politician, was born at Dittisham, Devon, the fourth son of Sir Anthony Rous of Halton, Cornwall (knighted in 1603), and his first wife, Elizabeth (née Southgate). On 6 July 1593, aged twelve, he matriculated with two of his elder brothers as a commoner of ...

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Strickland, Walter, appointed Lord Strickland under the protectorate (1598?–1671), politician and diplomatist, was the second son of Walter Strickland (d. 1636) of Boynton, Yorkshire, and Frances (d. 1636), daughter of Peter Wentworth of Lillingstone Lovel, Oxfordshire, and niece of Sir Francis Walsingham...

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Wolseley [Ouseley], Sir Charles, second baronet, appointed Lord Wolseley under the protectorate (1629/30–1714), politician, was born between September 1629 and April 1630, being aged sixteen at the time of his father's death on 21 September 1646 and thirty-three at the herald's visitation of ...