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Docwra, Sir Thomas (d. 1527), prior of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England and diplomat, was descended from the Westmorland family of Docwra of Docwra Hall, Kendal, belonging to a cadet branch which had settled in Hertfordshire. His father, Richard Docwra...

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Keninghale, John (d. 1451), theologian, prior of Norwich, and diplomat, was born near Norwich and joined the Carmelite order there. He was ordained acolyte on 8 March 1407, and later studied at Oxford University, where he graduated DTh some time before 1425. As a young theologian, he was a confidant of ...

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O'Daly, Daniel Dominic (1595–1662), Dominican friar and diplomat, was born at Kilsarkan, near Castleisland, co. Kerry, into the Kerry branch of the bardic family of Ó Dálaigh. He entered the Dominican order at Lugo in Galicia, Spain, and studied at Bordeaux, Burgos, and ...

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O'Hartegan, Mathew (1600–1666), Jesuit and diplomat, was born in St John's parish, Limerick. He went abroad to study, as no opportunities for study were permitted to Catholics in Ireland. It is likely that Bordeaux was his destination, and he seems to have had in mind to prepare himself for the priesthood or a secular career. When he entered the ...

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Shelley, Sir Richard (c. 1513–1587), diplomat and prior of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England, was the second son of the judge Sir William Shelley (1478/9–1549) and Alice Belknap (d. 1536), both of Sussex. Richard Shelley followed others of his family by joining the knights of ...

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Sir Richard Shelley (c. 1513–1587) by Bernardo Rantvic, 1577 © Copyright The British Museum

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