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Brown, Thomas (d. 1180), officer of the exchequer  

D. J. A. Matthew

Brown, Thomas (d. 1180), officer of the exchequer, was possibly one of the Brown family, members of which had served as officials for Henry I. After that king's death, like others of his countrymen, Brown went to Norman Sicily. In two royal charters of ...

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Fortescue, Sir Nicholas (1575?–1633), exchequer official  

G. K. Fortescue

revised by Stephen Wright

Fortescue, Sir Nicholas (1575?–1633), exchequer official, was the eldest son of Ursula and William Fortescue (d. 1607), and grandson of Sir Nicholas Fortescue (d. 1549), groom porter to Henry VIII, who in 1542 had been granted former nunnery lands at ...

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Fuller, William (1670–1733), government agent and controversialist  

C. E. A. Cheesman

Fuller, William (1670–1733), government agent and controversialist, was born, according to his own account, on 20 September 1670 at Milton, near Sittingbourne, Kent, the son of Robert Fuller, a substantial local grazier, who died only a few months later, and his wife, Catherine (...

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Hoccleve [Occleve], Thomas (c. 1367–1426), poet and clerk  

J. A. Burrow

Hoccleve [Occleve], Thomas (c. 1367–1426), poet and clerk, may have derived his name from Hockliffe, Bedfordshire, but nothing is known of his family. The date of his birth can be inferred from his Dialogue with a Friend (c.1420), where he speaks of himself as then aged '...

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Hoccleve, Thomas (c. 1367–1426)  

Maker: Hermann Scheerre

Thomas Hoccleve (c. 1367–1426) workshop of Hermann Scheerre, c. 1412 [kneeling, right] The British Library

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Leighton, Sir Elisha [Ellis] (d. 1685), royalist courtier and government official  

D. W. Hayton

Leighton, Sir Elisha [Ellis] (d. 1685), royalist courtier and government official, was the third son of the Scottish physician and presbyterian divine Alexander Leighton (c. 1570–1649), and younger brother of Robert Leighton (bap. 1612, d. 1684), bishop of Dunblane and archbishop of Glasgow...

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Long, Sir Robert, first baronet (c. 1602–1673), politician and exchequer official  

John Ferris

Long, Sir Robert, first baronet (c. 1602–1673), politician and exchequer official, came from an old Wiltshire family. His father, Sir Walter Long (1560–1610), married twice and left his principal estate to the son of his first marriage; but he was still able to settle property at ...

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Plowden, Edwin Noel Auguste, Baron Plowden (1907–2001)  

Maker: Walter Bird

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Edwin Noel Auguste Plowden, Baron Plowden (1907–2001) by Walter Bird, 1966 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Plowden, Edwin Noel Auguste, Baron Plowden (1907–2001), industrialist and public servant  

Peter Jay

Plowden, Edwin Noel Auguste, Baron Plowden (1907–2001), industrialist and public servant, was born on 6 January 1907 at the Mansion House, Strachur, Argyll, the second of three sons and second of four children of Roger Herbert Plowden (1853–1921), banker and landed proprietor, and his second wife, ...

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Popple, William (1638–1708)  

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Sheridan, Thomas (1646–1712), government official and Jacobite pamphleteer  

John Miller

Sheridan, Thomas (1646–1712), government official and Jacobite pamphleteer, was born at St John's, near Trim, co. Meath, the fourth son of Denis Sheridan, Church of Ireland clergyman, and an Englishwoman named Foster. Denis came of an old Irish family, but had been raised a protestant; of ...

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Wadsworth, James [pseud. Diego de Vadesfoote] (b. 1604), writer and government official  

A. J. Loomie

Wadsworth, James [pseud. Diego de Vadesfoote] (b. 1604), writer and government official, was the second son and youngest child of James Wadsworth (c. 1572–1623), vicar of Tharston, Suffolk, and his wife, Susannah. His father departed for Spain in 1605 as chaplain to the ambassador but left the embassy when he became a Catholic, and after 1610 his wife and children joined him in ...