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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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Sir Richard Fanshawe, first baronet (1608–1666) by William Dobson Valence House Museum, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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Fanshawe, Sir Richard, first baronet (1608–1666), diplomat and translator, was born in June 1608 at Ware Park, Hertfordshire, and baptized on 12 June, the youngest son of Sir Henry Fanshawe (1569–1616), exchequer official, and his wife, Elizabeth Smythe (1577?–1631). The household into which he was born was on a scale appropriate to a senior royal servant who could trace gentry status back to the medieval ...

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Folger, Peter (1617–1690), interpreter and public official in America, was born in Norwich, the son of John Folger and Meriba Gibbs. Little is known of Folger until 1635, when he and his widower father moved to Massachusetts. During the voyage Folger met Mary Morrill...

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Gilpin, George (d. 1602), diplomat and translator, was the second son of Edwin Gilpin of Kentmere, Westmorland, and Margaret Layton of Dalemain, Cumberland, and the elder brother of Bernard Gilpin (1516–1584). He apparently studied civil law at Malines (Mechelen) in the early 1550s, and converted to protestantism not long thereafter. He is noted as a merchant in the ...

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Honywood, Sir Robert (1601–1686), diplomat and translator, was born on 3 August 1601 at Hollingbourne, Kent, the second of twenty children, and eldest surviving son, of Sir Robert Honywood of Petts Court, Charing, Kent, and Alice Barnham, daughter of Sir Martin Barnham of ...

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Mayne, Richard John (1926–2009), international civil servant, author, and translator, was born on 2 April 1926 at 92 Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, Middlesex, the only child of John William Mayne (1883–1975), an accountant (and later office manager) for a tobacco manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Wyche, Sir Peter (b. 1628, d. in or after 1699), diplomat and translator, was born in 1628 and baptized at St Dunstan-in-the-East, London, on 9 February, the eldest son of Sir Peter Wyche (d. 1643), ambassador to Constantinople, and his wife, Jane Meredith (...