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Beaton, James (1524–1603), diplomat and archbishop of Glasgow, born in the spring or early summer of 1524, was the son of James Beaton, laird of Balfarg (Fife), and his wife, Helen Melville. He belonged to the third generation of the Beaton hegemony in the church: lesser prelates apart, ...

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Du Bellay, Jean (1498–1560), diplomat and bishop of Paris, was born at Glatigny, the second son of Louis Du Bellay and Marguerite de la Tour-Landry. He studied first at the University of Angers, then in Paris at the Collège de Navarre, and finally at ...

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Ghinucci, Girolamo (1480–1541), diplomat and bishop of Worcester, was most likely the illegitimate son of one of the Ghinucci, a patrician banking family of Siena. Destined for a career in the church he was sent in early childhood for education in Rome under the tutelage of ...

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Marillac, Charles de (1510x13–1560), diplomat and archbishop of Vienne, was probably born at Aigueperse in the Auvergne; he was the third son of Guillaume de Marillac, a nobleman who had served the duc de Bourbon, and of Marguerite Genest. Nothing is known about his childhood, but he was described as 'much advanced towards letters'. Having studied law, he became a barrister in the ...

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Russell, Richard (1630–1693), diplomat and Roman Catholic bishop in Portugal, was born in Buckland, Berkshire, the son of Richard Russell, a Roman Catholic. At the age of twelve he became a servant to Edward Pickford alias Daniel, newly appointed president of the English College, Lisbon...

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Strickland, Thomas John Francis (c. 1682–1740), Roman Catholic bishop of Namur and diplomatist, was the fourth son of Sir Thomas Strickland (1621–1694) of Sizergh, Westmorland, and his wife, Winifred Strickland, née Trentham (1645–1725). He spent his early years at the family seat of ...