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Belasyse, Thomas, first Earl Fauconberg (1627/8–1700), nobleman, was born at Newburgh Priory, near Coxwold, North Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Henry Belasyse (1604–1647) and his wife, Grace Barton of Smithells, Lancashire. He may have been educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. The first Viscount Fauconberg...

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Berkeley, George, eighth Baron Berkeley (1601–1658), nobleman, was born at Low Leyton, Essex, on 7 October 1601, son of Sir Thomas Berkeley (1575–1611) and Elizabeth Carey, later Chamberlain (1576–1635) [see under Carey, Elizabeth], daughter of George Carey, second Baron Hunsdon (1546/7–1603)...

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Bertie [née Willoughby; other married name Brandon], Katherine, duchess of Suffolk (1519–1580), noblewoman and protestant patron, was the daughter of William Willoughby, eleventh Baron Willoughby de Eresby, a baron whose holdings ran to some thirty manors in Lincolnshire (and almost as many in ...

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Bertie, Montague, second earl of Lindsey (1607/8–1666), royalist nobleman and army officer, was the eldest son of Robert Bertie, first earl of Lindsey (1582–1642), and Elizabeth Montagu (bap. 1586, d. 1654). He was educated briefly at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he was admitted as a fellow-commoner on 1 February 1623. He served as MP for ...

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Bertie, Peregrine, thirteenth Baron Willoughby of Willoughby, Beck, and Eresby (1555–1601), nobleman and soldier, was born on 12 October 1555 in Wesel, Cleves, the only son of Richard Bertie (1517–1582), landowner and religious evangelical, and his wife, Katherine [see Bertie, Katherine, duchess of Suffolk (1519–1580)...

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William Bourchier, third earl of Bath (1557–1623) by unknown artist, 1623 [detail] © reserved

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Bourchier, William, third earl of Bath (1557–1623), nobleman and administrator, was the only son of John Bourchier, Lord Fitzwarren or Fitzwarine (1529–1557), and his wife, Frances (d. 1586), third daughter of Sir Thomas Kitson of Hengrave (1485–1540). He was probably born at ...

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Brooke, William, tenth Baron Cobham (1527–1597), nobleman and diplomat, was born on 1 November 1527, the eldest of seven surviving sons (there were also four daughters) of George Brooke, ninth Baron Cobham (c. 1497–1558), soldier and landowner, and his wife, Anne (c...

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William Brooke, tenth Baron Cobham (1527–1597) attrib. the Master of the Countess of Warwick, 1567 [with his second wife, Frances Newton (right), six of their children, and Frances's sister Johanna (left)] reproduced by permission of the Marquess of Bath, Longleat House, Warminster, Wiltshire, Great Britain

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Bruce, Robert, second earl of Elgin and first earl of Ailesbury (bap. 1626, d. 1685), nobleman, was born in the parish of St Bartholomew-the-Less, London, and baptized there on 19 March 1626, the only son of Thomas Bruce, first earl of Elgin (1599–1663)...

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Bruce, Thomas, second earl of Ailesbury (1656–1741), nobleman and memoirist, was born on 26 September 1656, probably at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the fifth but first surviving son of Robert Bruce, first earl of Ailesbury (bap. 1626, d. 1685), and his wife, Diana (d...

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Brydges [née Stanley], Anne, Lady Chandos [other married name Anne Touchet, countess of Castlehaven] (1580–1647), noblewoman, was born in May 1580, the first of three daughters of Ferdinando Stanley, Lord Strange, later fifth earl of Derby (1559?–1594), and his wife, Alice (1559–1637)...

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Brydges, George, sixth Baron Chandos (1620–1655), royalist nobleman, was born on 9 August 1620, presumably at Sudeley Castle, the eldest son of Grey Brydges, fifth Baron Chandos (1578/9–1621), and his wife, Anne Brydges (1580–1647), daughter of Ferdinando Stanley, fifth earl of Derby. His childhood was hardly stable; his father died in 1621 and his mother married ...

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See Brydges, Edmund, second Baron Chandos

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Butler [née Preston], Elizabeth, duchess of Ormond and suo jure Lady Dingwall (1615–1684), noblewoman, was born on 25 July 1615, the only child and heir of Richard Preston, Lord Dingwall (d. 1628), one of James I's gentlemen of the bedchamber, and ...

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Butler, Thomas, tenth earl of Ormond and third earl of Ossory (1531–1614), nobleman, was born about February 1531, the eldest of seven sons and heir of James Butler, ninth earl of Ormond and second earl of Ossory (b. in or after 1496, d. 1546)...

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Thomas Butler, tenth earl of Ormond and third earl of Ossory (1531–1614) attrib. Steven van der Meulen photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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See Carey, Henry, first Baron Hunsdon

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See Cary, Anne [name in religion Clementia]