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John Bourchier, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533) attrib. Ambrosius Benson, c. 1521–6 Galerie Jan der Maere

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Bourchier, John, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator, was the son of Sir Humphrey Bourchier (d. 1471) and Elizabeth (d. 1497), daughter and sole heir of Frederick Tilney of Boston, Lincolnshire. His father, a Yorkist, was killed at the battle of ...

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Bowes, Sir George (1517–1545), soldier and rebel, was a posthumous son of the landowner Sir Ralph Bowes (c.1455–1516) and Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Clifford, Lord Clifford. His wardship was sold to William Eure, Lord Eure, whose daughter Muriel he married. The couple had three daughters: ...

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Bowes, Sir Robert (1493?–1555), soldier, lawyer, and rebel, was the second surviving son of Sir Ralph Bowes of Streatlam, co. Durham (d. 1512), and Marjorie (d. 1524), daughter and coheir of Sir Richard Conyers of South Cowton, North Riding of Yorkshire...

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Braithwaite, John (1696–1740), soldier and diplomatist, was the second of three sons born to John Braithwaite (1666–1739), a member of a prominent Westmorland family, and his wife, Silvestra Cooke (d. 1739). In his preface to his History of the Revolutions in the Empire of Morocco...

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Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545), magnate, courtier, and soldier, was the second but only surviving son of Sir William Brandon (d. 1485) and his wife, Elizabeth Bruyn (d. 1494) of South Ockendon. The manner of Sir William's death, killed at ...

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Charles Brandon, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545) by unknown artist, c. 1540–45 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Manners, Henry, second earl of Rutland (1526–1563), courtier and soldier, was born on 23 September 1526 and baptized after 24 December at Elsinges Manor, Enfield, Middlesex, the eldest son of five sons and six daughters of Thomas Manners, first earl of Rutland (c. 1497–1543)...

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Mansel [Mansell], Sir Rice (1487–1559), soldier and administrator, was born in Oxwich in the Gower peninsula, Glamorgan, on 25 January 1487. His father was Jenkin Mansel, known as ‘the Valiant’ (fl. 1450–1510), and his mother was Edith (fl. 1450–1510), daughter of ...

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Markham, Sir John (b. before 1486, d. 1559), soldier and member of parliament, was the eldest son of Sir John Markham of Cotham, Nottinghamshire, whose ancestors had been established in Great Markham since the twelfth century, and his wife, Alice, daughter of Sir William Skipwith...

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Plantagenet, Arthur, Viscount Lisle (b. before 1472, d. 1542), soldier, diplomat, and administrator, was the illegitimate son of Edward IV (1442–1483).

The identity of Arthur's mother and his date of birth have given rise to much speculation. The editor of his correspondence, Muriel St Clare Byrne...

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Radcliffe, Robert, first earl of Sussex (1482/3–1542), soldier and courtier, was the son and heir of John Ratcliffe, sixth Baron Fitzwalter (1452–1496), and his wife, Margaret. The sixth baron was attainted and executed in 1496 for his part in the Perkin Warbeck conspiracy and it was not until November 1505 that the attainder was reversed. His son was first summoned to ...

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Wardle, Gwyllym Lloyd (1761?–1833), soldier and politician, born at Chester, was the only son of Francis Wardle JP, of Hartsheath, near Mold in Flintshire, and his wife, Catherine, daughter and heir of Richard Lloyd Gwyllym of Hartsheath. He was at Harrow School...

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Wentworth, Thomas, second Baron Wentworth and de jure seventh Baron Le Despenser (1525–1584), soldier and administrator, was the eldest of at least eight sons and the heir of Thomas Wentworth, first Baron Wentworth (1501–1551), nobleman, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1551), elder daughter and coheir of ...

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Thomas Wentworth, second Baron Wentworth and de jure seventh Baron Le Despenser (1525–1584) by unknown artist, 1568 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wingfield, Sir Anthony (b. before 1488, d. 1552), soldier and administrator, was born by 1488, the eldest son of Sir John Wingfield (d. 1509) of Letheringham, Suffolk, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Tuchet, sixth Lord Audley. The Wingfields were a prominent ...