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Aucher, Sir Anthony (d. 1558), administrator and landowner, was the only surviving son and heir of James Aucher (d. 1509), gentleman, of Otterden, Kent, and his wife, Alice Hill. The father, a son and heir of John and Margaret Aucher, was the successful head of a minor gentry family who bequeathed much of his estate to the church. In his will of 1 January 1509 he entrusted his son to ...

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Beauchamp, John, first Baron Beauchamp of Kidderminster (d. 1388), administrator and landowner, came from Holt in Worcestershire, and belonged to a cadet branch of the great family of Beauchamp, whose head was the earl of Warwick. He was the son of another John (...

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Bonville, William, first Baron Bonville (1392–1461), administrator and landowner, was probably born at Shute, near Axminster, Devon, the son of John Bonville (d. 1396) and his wife, Elizabeth Fitzroger (b. c.1370, d. in or before 1421), and heir to both his father and grandfather, ...

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Richard Boyle, first earl of Cork (1566–1643) by Isaac Oliver, c. 1610–15 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boyle, Richard, first earl of Cork (1566–1643), landowner and administrator, was born at Preston, near Faversham in Kent, on 13 October 1566, the second son of Roger Boyle (d. 1576), landowner, and his wife, Joan, daughter of Robert Naylor. Roger Boyle, a cadet of a ...

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Brydges, Thomas (d. 1559), landowner and administrator, was the second son of Sir Giles Brydges (d. 1511) of Coberley, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Isabel Baynham. His elder brother was John Brydges, first Baron Chandos. He married first Jane, daughter and coheir of ...

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Carew, Sir Edmund (c. 1464–1513), landowner and administrator, was the eldest of three children of Sir Nicholas Carew (c.1423–1470) of Mohun's Ottery, Devon, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1471), eldest daughter of Sir John Dinham (1405/6–1458) [see under Dinham family...

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Croft [Crofts, Craftes], Sir Herbert (c. 1565–1629), administrator and landowner, was the eldest surviving son of Edward Croft (d. 1601) [see under Croft, Sir James] of Croft Castle, Herefordshire, and his first wife, Anne (d. 1575), daughter and heir of ...

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Darcy, Sir John (b. before 1284, d. 1347), landowner and administrator, of Knaith and Upton, Lincolnshire and Kexby, Yorkshire, was the son and heir of Sir Roger Darcy (d. c.1284) of Oldcoates and Styrrup, Nottinghamshire, and of Isabel, daughter of Sir William d'Aton...

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D'Oilly, Robert (d. c. 1092), landowner and administrator, took his name from Ouilly-le-Vicomte near Lisieux in Normandy. With his brothers Nigel and Gilbert he came to England at the conquest. He first occurs (as minister) in a royal writ of 1067, and his role as royal constable, which was to become hereditary in his family, suggests that he had risen in the immediate entourage of ...

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Eadnoth the Staller (d. 1068), landowner and administrator, is addressed in a writ of Edward the Confessor, relating to Hampshire and dated between 1053 and 1066 (AS chart., S 1129); his attestation is also found on two spurious charters for 1065 and he was probably at the beginning of his career in the 1060s. Stallers were members of the royal household and ...

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Fitzreinfrey, Gilbert (b. before 1181, d. 1220), administrator and landholder, was the son of Roger Fitzreinfrey, sheriff and justice, and an unknown mother and was also a nephew of Walter de Coutances (d. 1207), chancellor of England. His career was launched in 1189, when ...

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Godsalve, Sir John (b. in or before 1505, d. 1556), administrator and landowner, was the first son and heir of Thomas Godsalve (d. 1542), registrar of the Norwich consistory court, and his first wife, Joan. Nothing is known of John Godsalve's early schooling. He was admitted to ...

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Sir John Godsalve (b. in or before 1505, d. 1556) by Hans Holbein the younger, c. 1532 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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