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Knight, (Ellis) Cornelia (1757–1837), author and courtier  

Richard Garnett

revised by S. J. Skedd

Knight, (Ellis) Cornelia (1757–1837), author and courtier, was the only child of Sir Joseph Knight (d. 1775), rear-admiral of the white, and his second wife, Phillipina Deane (1726–1799). From the age of five she was educated for three days a week as a day pupil at the boarding-school kept by four Swiss sisters, the ...


Matthew, Sir Toby [Tobie] (1577–1655), writer and courtier  

A. J. Loomie

Matthew, Sir Toby [Tobie] (1577–1655), writer and courtier, was born at Salisbury on 3 October 1577, the first son of Tobie Matthew (1544?–1628), later archbishop of York, and Frances, née Barlow (d. 1629) [see Matthew, Frances], widow of Matthew Parker...


Ralegh [Raleigh], Sir Walter (1554–1618), courtier, explorer, and author  

Mark Nicholls and Penry Williams

Ralegh [Raleigh], Sir Walter (1554–1618), courtier, explorer, and author, was born at Hayes, near East Budleigh, Devon, the second son and third surviving child of Walter Ralegh (1504/5–1581), landowner, of East Budleigh, and his third wife, Katherine (d. 1594), daughter of ...


Sidney, Sir Philip (1554–1586), author and courtier  

H. R. Woudhuysen

Sidney, Sir Philip (1554–1586), author and courtier, was born on 30 November 1554 at Penshurst, Kent, the first of seven children of Sir Henry Sidney (1529–1586) and his wife, Mary Sidney (1530x35–1586), daughter of John Dudley, duke of Northumberland, and his wife, Jane Guildford...