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Barowe [Barrow], Thomas (d. 1499), lawyer and administrator, was a native of north Lincolnshire, who became a scholar of Eton College in 1451, and was nominated by the provost for a scholarship at King's Hall, Cambridge, in 1456–7. Admitted as a bachelor of civil law in 1460, he incepted in civil law in 1469–70, and became a licentiate in 1475. Closely associated with ...

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Baynard, Richard (1371–1434), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 2 February 1371, the fourth son of Thomas Baynard (d. 1375) of Messing, Essex, the family home since the twelfth century. He inherited Messing, Birch Hall, and Le Castle...

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Bowes, John (c. 1383–1444), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, came from a minor gentry family established by 1200 at Costock in south Nottinghamshire. The son of John Bowes (d. in or before 1404) and an unknown mother, he was the first of the family to enjoy a career of any distinction, probably owing his early advancement to his neighbour ...

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Brok, Laurence del (c. 1210–1274), lawyer and justice, was probably born in or before 1210 in Buckinghamshire. His first appearance in the records is in 1231, when he was appointed to act as an attorney in a Buckinghamshire case. By the late 1230s he had become one of a small group of professional lawyers practising in the ...

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Cantilupe [Cantelupe], Roger de (d. 1258/9), lawyer, was described in 1234 by Bishop Alexander of Stainsby as following in the footsteps of his father, who had been hanged as a traitor. It has therefore been surmised that he was the son of the ...

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Constable, Robert (late 1450s–1501), lawyer, was the second son of Sir Robert Constable (d. 1488) of Flamborough, Yorkshire, and Gray's Inn, and the younger brother of Sir Marmaduke Constable (d. 1518), who inherited the Flamborough estate and whom he followed to Lincoln's Inn...

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Craig, Thomas (1538?–1608), lawyer and jurist, was the eldest of the five sons of Robert Craig (d. 1575), merchant burgess of Edinburgh, and Katherine Bellenden (fl. 1528–1578), probably the daughter of Thomas Bellenden of Auchnoul, justice-clerk and senator of the ...

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Fitzwilliam, Sir Thomas (d. 1497), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was born into a Lincolnshire gentry family, the son of Thomas Fitzwilliam of Mablethorpe (d. 1479) and his wife, Margaret Dymmok (d. 1463). He was educated at the ...

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Foulis, James (d. in or before 1549), poet and lawyer, was the son of the Edinburgh burgess Henry Foulis and a sister, possibly called Margaret, of James Henryson of Fordell, king's advocate. His siblings, except for one sister, and parents were killed by plague in ...

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Gonsales de Puebla, Rodrigo (d. 1509), lawyer and diplomat, was of obscure but presumably Castilian origins; he was accused of being Jewish by aristocratic Spanish detractors. Nor is much known about his close relatives: his daughter was arrested by the inquisition in Seville...

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Green, John (d. 1473), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was the son and heir of John Green of Widdington, Essex, and his wife, Agnes Duke. Having inherited no more than a small estate in north Essex, he advanced himself through his profession and by marriage. It is said that he was raised in the household of ...

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Henryson, James, of Fordell (d. 1513), lawyer, was a younger son of the Edinburgh burgess Robert Henryson. He had two elder brothers, John and George, and a sister who married Henry Foulis and became the mother of the lawyer James Foulis. Henryson studied arts at the ...

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Hesketh, Richard (c. 1475–1520), lawyer, was the second son of Robert Hesketh of Rufford, Lancashire, a family long settled in those parts. His younger brother Hugh Hesketh became bishop of Sodor and Man in 1513. Richard was admitted to Gray's Inn in the late fifteenth century and is mentioned as an attorney in a ...

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Heydon, Sir Henry (d. 1504), lawyer, was the son of John Heydon (d. 1479) of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, the well-known opponent of the Paston family, and of Eleanor, daughter of Edmund Winter (d. 1448) of Barningham in the same county. A Norfolk JP from 1473, he frequently acted as a feoffee, arbitrator, and adviser for other landowners. During his career he also served on various ...

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Heydon [formerly Baxter], John (d. 1479), lawyer, was the son of William Baxter, a free peasant or yeoman at Heydon in north-east Norfolk in the early fifteenth century. Heydon's humble origins were known to contemporaries and although throughout his career he used the surname ...

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Hunt, Roger (d. 1455/6), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was of obscure origins. His first interests were probably in Huntingdonshire, where he acquired the manor of Molesworth and became member of parliament in 1407 and 1413 (the first two of fifteen occasions between then and 1433). His interests in ...

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Inge, Sir William (c. 1260–1322), lawyer and justice, was probably born in or before 1260 at or near Dunstable, Bedfordshire, the son of Thomas Inge of Dunstable, a minor local landowner active in local administration. Between 1281 and 1285 he acted as the attorney of a number of different litigants in the ...

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Kebell, Thomas (c. 1439–1500), lawyer, was the third son of Walter Kebell and his second wife, Agnes, daughter of John Folville of Rearsby in Leicestershire. His father's background is hazy but from at least 1420 Walter was steward of the honour of Abergavenny...

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Marlborough, Thomas of (d. 1236), historian, lawyer, and abbot of Evesham, presumably came from Marlborough in Wiltshire. He studied at Paris under Stephen Langton (d. 1228), most likely arts, when Richard Poor or Poore (d. 1235) was his fellow student: this was probably in the 1180s. He describes ...

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Mordaunt, Sir John (d. 1504), lawyer, administrator, and speaker of the House of Commons, was the son of William Mordaunt (d. 1481) of Turvey and his wife, Margaret (d. after 1481), daughter of John Peeke of Cople. Both his parents came from ...