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John Ellis (1698–1791) by William Pether, 1781 (after Thomas Frye, 1761) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Ellis, John (1698–1791), scrivener and poet, was born on 22 March 1698 in the parish of St Clement Danes, London, one of four known children of James Ellis and Susannah Philpot. His mother was a 'fanatical dissenter' (DNB) and his upbringing turned him against nonconformity. His restless, eccentric father worked on the fringes of the legal profession. ...


Master, Thomas (1602/3–1643), poet and amanuensis, was born in Coates, Gloucestershire, where his father, William Master (d. in or after 1637), was rector. He studied under Henry Topp at Cirencester grammar school and in 1617 advanced to Winchester College on a scholarship. He was nineteen on 15 November 1622 when he matriculated from ...


Shelton, Mary [married namesMary Heveningham, Lady Heveningham; Mary Appleyard] (1510x15–1570/71), contributor to manuscript miscellany, was the youngest daughter of Sir John Shelton (1476/7–1539) of Norfolk [see under Shelton family], and his wife, Anne Boleyn (d. 1555) [see...