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Balliol [Baliol], Alexander de (d. 1310?), nobleman and administrator, was the second son of Henry de Balliol (d. 1246), chamberlain of Scotland, and his wife, Lora de Valognes (d. in or before 1272). Alexander, who was lord of Cavers in Roxburghshire, is clearly distinguishable from his namesake and contemporary, ...

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Balliol [Baliol], Henry de (d. 1246), nobleman and administrator, was the youngest brother of Hugh de Balliol (d. 1229) of Barnard Castle; together with another of his elder brothers, Ingelram or Ingram (d. c.1244), he was the first of his family to acquire lands and interests in ...

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Beauchamp, John, first Baron Beauchamp of Powick (c. 1400–1475), nobleman and administrator, was the son and eventually the heir of Sir William Beauchamp of Powick in Worcestershire (c.1370–c.1421) and his wife, Katherine Usflete (d. after 1436). Sir William...

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Bohun, Humphrey de, fourth earl of Hereford and ninth earl of Essex (c. 1276–1322), magnate and administrator, was the son and heir of Humphrey (VI) de Bohun, third earl of Hereford and eighth earl of Essex (c. 1249–1298), constable of England, and his wife, ...

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Brittany, John of, earl of Richmond (1266?–1334), magnate and administrator, was the second son of John (II), duke of Brittany (d. 1305), and Beatrice (d. 1275), second daughter of Henry III and Eleanor of Provence, who married in 1260. Probably born in 1266, he was brought up in ...

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Bartholomew Burghersh the elder, second Lord Burghersh (d. 1355) tomb effigy Lincoln Cathedral Library

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Burghersh, Bartholomew, the elder, second Lord Burghersh (d. 1355), magnate and administrator, was a younger son of Robert Burghersh (d. 1306), constable of Dover Castle and warden of the Cinque Ports, and Maud, sister of Bartholomew Badlesmere. Burghersh (after Burwash, Sussex) inherited the modest family estates in ...

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Butler, James, fourth earl of Ormond [called the White Earl] (1390–1452), magnate and administrator, later known as the White Earl, was the elder son of James Butler, third earl of Ormond (c. 1360–1405), and his wife, Anne Welles (fl. 1386–1397), daughter of the ...

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Butler [Walter], Theobald (d. 1205), administrator and magnate, was the son of Sir Hervey Walter of Weeton, Lancashire, and of Matilda, daughter and coheir, along with her sister Bertha, of Theobald de Valognes, lord of Parham, Suffolk. Theobald and his brother, Hubert Walter...

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Sir Ambrose Cave (c. 1503–1568) by unknown artist Stanford Hall. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Cave, Sir Ambrose (c. 1503–1568), knight of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem and administrator, was the fourth or fifth son of Richard Cave (d. 1542) of Stanford, Northamptonshire, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of John Saxby of Northampton. He satisfied the criteria of nobility of birth necessary for admission as a knight of the English ...

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Clare, Thomas de (1244x7–1287), magnate and administrator, was a son of Richard de Clare, earl of Gloucester and of Hertford (1222–1262), and Maud, daughter of John de Lacy, earl of Lincoln. He studied at Oxford in the late 1250s with his younger brother, ...

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Devereux, Walter, first Viscount Hereford (c. 1489–1558), administrator and nobleman, was the son and heir of John Devereux, second Baron Ferrers of Chartley (c.1463/4–1501), and his wife, Cecily (d. 1493), heir of the houses of Bourchier and de Bohun and niece of ...

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Erskine family (per. c. 1350–c. 1450), administrators and noblemen, became important in the court politics and government of Scotland in the second half of the fourteenth century. Established in Renfrewshire by the thirteenth century, the Erskines were followers of the Stewarts, and it was after the capture of ...

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Ferrers, Henry de (d. 1093x1100), magnate and administrator, was the eldest son of Walkeline de Ferrers (d. c.1040), and inherited his father's Norman patrimony, centred on Ferrières-St Hilaire. It is not known whether Henry de Ferrers fought at Hastings; although it is impossible to arrive at precise dates, he may have begun to acquire lands in ...

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Fitzgerald, Gerald, eighth earl of Kildare (1456?–1513), magnate and administrator, was probably born in 1456, the eldest of the four sons and two daughters of Thomas Fitzgerald, seventh earl of Kildare (d. 1478), and his wife, Joan, daughter of James Fitzgerald, sixth earl of Desmond...