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Carey, Henry, first Baron Hunsdon (1526–1596), courtier and administrator, was born on 4 March 1526, the only son of William Carey (c. 1496–1528), courtier, of Aldenham, Hertfordshire, and his wife, Mary [see Stafford, Mary (c. 1499-1543)], royal mistress, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, ...

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Henry Carey, first Baron Hunsdon (1526–1596) attrib. Marcus Gheeraerts the younger, 1591 The Berkeley Castle Will Trust. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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George Home, earl of Dunbar (d. 1611) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Home, George, earl of Dunbar (d. 1611), courtier and administrator, was the fourth son of Alexander Home of Manderston (d. 1593) and Janet Home (d. 1593), daughter of George Home of Spott. The date of his birth is uncertain. There were many divisions among the ...

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Lovel, Philip (d. 1258), administrator and royal counsellor, was a kinsman of the Lovels of Minster Lovell in Oxfordshire, perhaps a younger son of William Lovel (d. 1213); the kinship is proved by the fact that the manor of Snorscomb, Northamptonshire, in ...

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Mansel, John (d. 1265), administrator and royal councillor, is said by Matthew Paris to have been the son of a country priest. A papal letter of 1259, confirming a dispensation granted to Mansel by Pope Innocent IV, reports that Mansel's father, a man of noble family, married ...

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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 ...

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Stewart, James, earl of Arran (c. 1545–1596), courtier and administrator, was the second son of the eight children of Andrew Stewart, second Lord Ochiltree (1521?–1594?), and his first wife, Agnes Cunningham (d. in or after 1557), daughter of John Cunningham of Caprington...