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Acland, Sir John (c. 1552–1620), politician and benefactor, was the younger son of John Acland (d. 1553) of Acland Barton in the parish of Landkey, north Devon, and Margaret, daughter and coheir of Hugh Radcliff of Stepney and the Middle Temple. He was born into an established gentry family which already bore heraldic arms and owned lands in five other ...

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Borlase, Sir William (c. 1562–1629), politician and benefactor, was the only son of John Borlase (d. 1593) and his wife, Anne (d. 1622), daughter of Sir Robert Lytton of Knebworth, Hertfordshire. Although the family of Borlase or Burlace was Cornish in origin ...

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Smith, Sir James (c. 1621–1681), politician and benefactor, was the sixth son and youngest child of Sir Nicholas Smith (d. 1622) of Larkbeare, Devon, and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of Sir Ralph Horsey of Clifton Maybank, Dorset [see under Horsey]. He was born into a prosperous west-country merchant family. His grandfather, ...