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Armytage, Percy (1853–1934), master of ceremonies, was born on 8 March 1853, at Huntroyde, Lancashire, the first son of Henry Armytage (1828–1901), colonel in the Coldstream Guards, and the Hon. Fenella Fitzhardinge Berkeley (1832–1903), daughter of Maurice Berkeley, first Baron Fitzhardinge. He was educated at private schools, at ...

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Buck [Buc], Sir George (bap. 1560, d. 1622), master of the revels and historian, was baptized in Holy Trinity, Ely, Cambridgeshire, on 1 October 1560, the eldest son and probably second of the four children of Robert Buck (d. 1580), church official, and ...

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Sir Henry Herbert (bap. 1594, d. 1673) by unknown artist, 1639 Powis Castle, The Powis Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Herbert, Sir Henry (bap. 1594, d. 1673), master of the revels, was baptized on 7 July 1594 at St Nicholas's Church, Montgomery, the sixth of seven sons (and three daughters) of Richard Herbert (d. 1596) and Magdalen or Magdalene, née Newport (...

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Killigrew, Charles (1655–1724/5), theatre manager and master of the revels, was born at Maestricht on 29 December 1655. He was the first son of Thomas Killigrew (1612–1683), dramatist, groom of the bedchamber (1661–83), and master of the revels (1673–7), and Charlotte (d...

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Wade, William (1734/5–1809), master of ceremonies, though often identified as the illegitimate son or nephew of Field Marshal George Wade (1673–1748), was more probably his great-nephew and the grandson of George's brother William Wade (1670–1732), canon of St George's Chapel, Windsor. He was educated at ...