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Dacre, William, third Baron Dacre of Gilsland and seventh Baron Greystoke (1500–1563), magnate, was the eldest son and heir of Elizabeth Greystoke, Baroness Greystoke (1471–1516), and Thomas Dacre, second Baron Dacre of Gilsland (1467–1525), her husband. Born on 29 April 1500, he succeeded to the ...

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Dudley, Ambrose, earl of Warwick (c. 1530–1590), magnate, was the fourth son of John Dudley, duke of Northumberland (1504–1553), royal minister, and his wife, Jane Dudley (1508/9–1555) [see under Dudley, John, duke of Northumberland], noblewoman, daughter of Sir Edward Guildford of ...

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Ambrose Dudley, earl of Warwick (c. 1530–1590) by unknown artist [left, with a page] reproduced by permission of the Marquess of Bath, Longleat House, Warminster, Wiltshire, Great Britain. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Hastings, Francis, second earl of Huntingdon (1513/14–1560), magnate, was the eldest of the five sons of George Hastings, first earl of Huntingdon (1486/7–1544), and his wife, Anne, daughter of Henry Stafford, second duke of Buckingham. When his father, a personal friend of Henry VIII...

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William Herbert, first earl of Pembroke (1506/77–1570) by unknown artist, 1567 Collection of the Earl of Pembroke and Trustees of Wilton House Trust, Wilton House, Salisbury, UK

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Herbert, William, first earl of Pembroke (1506/7–1570), soldier and magnate, was the second son of Richard Herbert (d. 1510) of Ewyas, a gentleman usher to Henry VII, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Matthew Cradock of Swansea. His paternal grandfather was ...

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Philip Howard [St Philip Howard], thirteenth earl of Arundel (1557–1595) by unknown artist reproduced by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Norfolk. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Howard, Philip [St Philip Howard], thirteenth earl of Arundel (1557–1595), magnate and alleged traitor, was born on 28 June 1557 at Arundel House, the Strand, London, the only child of Thomas Howard, fourth duke of Norfolk (1538–1572), nobleman and courtier, and his first wife, ...

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Manners, Edward, third earl of Rutland (1549–1587), magnate, was born on 12 July 1549, the eldest son of Henry Manners, second earl of Rutland (1526–1563), and Margaret Neville (d. 1559). His education befitted a nobleman. His father's death from the plague in 1563 made him the queen's ward, and his education was continued by ...

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See Neville, Ralph, fourth earl of Westmorland

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O'Neill, Conn Bacach, first earl of Tyrone (c. 1482–1559), chieftain and magnate, was the youngest son of Conn More O'Neill (d. 1493), chieftain, lord of Tyrone, and his wife, Eleanor (d. 1497), daughter of Thomas Fitzgerald, seventh earl of Kildare, and his wife, ...

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Percy, Henry, eighth earl of Northumberland (c. 1532–1585), magnate and conspirator, was born at Newburn Manor, Northumberland, the younger son of Sir Thomas Percy (d. 1537), landowner and rebel, of Prudhoe, Northumberland, and his wife, Eleanor (d. 1567), daughter and coheir of ...

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Russell, Francis, second earl of Bedford (1526/7–1585), magnate, only son of John Russell, first earl of Bedford (d. 1555), and Anne (d. 1559), daughter of Sir Guy Sapcotes of Huntingdonshire, was educated at King's College, Cambridge, although he did not take a degree. The family were of ...

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Stanley, Henry, fourth earl of Derby (1531–1593), magnate, was born in September and baptized on 4 October 1531 at Lathom House, Lancashire, the eldest son of Edward Stanley, third earl of Derby (1509–1572), magnate, and his first wife, Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Howard, ...

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Henry Stanley, fourth earl of Derby (1531–1593) by Isaac Oliver, c. 1590 © National Portrait Gallery, London