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Cobbett, John (d. 1657), parliamentarian army officer and Leveller, was son of Ralph Cobbett, a gentleman from Weston, Northamptonshire. John was a Londoner who probably served an apprenticeship during the 1630s, like his brothers Ralph and Robert. In 1642 all three brothers joined the parliamentarian army as officers of foot. ...

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Coppe, Abiezer (1619–1672?), Baptist preacher and Ranter, was born on Sunday 30 May 1619, and baptized on 1 June at St Mary's, Warwick, the eldest known child of Walter Coppe (b. 1593, d. in or after 1667), who was probably a literate artisan, perhaps working with animal hides. After the Restoration ...

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Feake, Christopher (1611/12–1682/3), Fifth Monarchist leader, was the eldest of five children of Edward Feake, gentleman, of Godstone, Surrey, and his wife, Anne Shaw. His birthplace is uncertain, although a Christopher Feake was baptized on 31 May 1612 at St Mary Magdalen, Milk Street...

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Prince, Thomas (fl. 1630–1657), Leveller, was a son of John Prince (d. in or after 1634), yeoman of West Garforth, Yorkshire. He was apprenticed in the London Clothworkers' Company in February 1630, gaining his freedom in April 1639 and joining the company's livery in August 1645. ...

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Rogers, John (b. 1627), Fifth Monarchist writer, was born at Messing, Essex, the second of the four children of Nehemiah Rogers (bap. 1594, d. 1660) and his wife, Margaret, sister of the Essex minister William Collingwood. Rogers attended school at Malden, Essex, and soon was influenced by ...

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John Rogers (b. 1627) by Wenceslaus Hollar, 1653 (after D. Savill) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tillinghast, John (bap. 1604, d. 1655), Fifth Monarchist, was baptized on 25 September 1604 at Streat, Sussex, the son of John Tyllinghast (d. 1624), rector of Streat. After attending grammar school at Newport, Essex, Tillinghast entered Caius College, Cambridge, as a pensioner on 24 March 1621. He graduated BA in 1625, and was ordained deacon and priest at ...

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Wildman, Sir John (1622/3–1693), Leveller and conspirator, was possibly the son of Jeffrey Wildman, yeoman, of Wreningham, Norfolk. According to Clarendon, Wildman, whom he knew personally, studied at Cambridge, though surviving records do not mention him. He also reputedly pursued legal studies in ...