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Fox, Edward (1496–1538), diplomat and bishop of Hereford, was born at Dursley, Gloucestershire, one of at least three children of William Fox (of a well-known Shropshire gentry family) and his wife, Joanna. According to one unreliable source he had a brother named Charles...

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Knight, William (1475/6–1547), diplomat and bishop of Bath and Wells, was admitted as a scholar to Winchester College in 1487, aged eleven, the son of a college tenant in London. Little is known of his family. In 1514 he referred to John Newington...

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Robinson, John (1650–1723), bishop of London and diplomatist, was born in Cleasby in the North Riding of Yorkshire on 7 November 1650, according to his monumental inscription. He was the second surviving son and namesake of John Robinson, a cooper who died the following year, and his wife, ...

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John Robinson (1650–1723) by George Vertue (after Michael Dahl, 1712) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Tunstal [Tunstall], Cuthbert (1474–1559), bishop of Durham and diplomat, was born near Hornby Castle in Hackforth, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Tunstal, later a squire of the body to Richard III, and of his future second wife, a daughter of Sir John Conyers...

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Cuthbert Tunstal (1474–1559) by unknown artist private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London