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Barnardiston, Sir Nathaniel (1588–1653), politician and ecclesiastical patron, was born at Kedington, Suffolk, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Barnardiston (d. 1610), and his first wife, Mary (d. in or before 1599), daughter of Sir Richard Knightley of Fawsley, Northamptonshire. One of the oldest families in ...

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Sir Richard Knightley (1533–1615) by unknown artist, 1567 The Trustees of the Firle Settlement. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Knightley, Sir Richard (1533–1615), politician and patron of puritans, was the eldest son of Sir Valentine Knightley of Fawsley, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Anne, the daughter of Edward Ferrers of Warwickshire. The family fortunes were based on sheep farming, for which the lands on their estates were enclosed, and on the death of his father in 1566 ...

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Lewkenor, Sir Edward (1542–1605), politician and patron of puritans, was born in Hertfordshire, the eldest son of the ten children of Edward Lewkenor (1517–1556), groom-porter in the household of Edward VI and Mary I, and his wife, Dorothy (c.1525–1589), daughter of ...

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Philipps, Sir John, fourth baronet (c. 1666–1737), politician and evangelical patron, was born about 1666 (the evidence of his funerary monument as to his date of birth being demonstrably unreliable). He was the second but first surviving son of Sir Erasmus Philipps, third baronet...