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Boyle, Richard, first earl of Cork (1566–1643), landowner and administrator, was born at Preston, near Faversham in Kent, on 13 October 1566, the second son of Roger Boyle (d. 1576), landowner, and his wife, Joan, daughter of Robert Naylor. Roger Boyle, a cadet of a ...

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Burghersh, Bartholomew, the elder, second Lord Burghersh (d. 1355), magnate and administrator, was a younger son of Robert Burghersh (d. 1306), constable of Dover Castle and warden of the Cinque Ports, and Maud, sister of Bartholomew Badlesmere. Burghersh (after Burwash, Sussex) inherited the modest family estates in ...

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Carey, Henry, first Baron Hunsdon (1526–1596), courtier and administrator, was born on 4 March 1526, the only son of William Carey (c. 1496–1528), courtier, of Aldenham, Hertfordshire, and his wife, Mary [see Stafford, Mary (c. 1499-1543)], royal mistress, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, ...

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Cave, Sir Ambrose (c. 1503–1568), knight of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem and administrator, was the fourth or fifth son of Richard Cave (d. 1542) of Stanford, Northamptonshire, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of John Saxby of Northampton. He satisfied the criteria of nobility of birth necessary for admission as a knight of the English ...

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Despenser, Hugh, the younger, first Lord Despenser (d. 1326), administrator and royal favourite, was the son of Hugh Despenser the elder (1261–1326) and his wife, Isabel (d. 1306), widow of Payn Chaworth and daughter of William de Beauchamp, earl of Warwick (...

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Godsalve, Sir John (b. in or before 1505, d. 1556), administrator and landowner, was the first son and heir of Thomas Godsalve (d. 1542), registrar of the Norwich consistory court, and his first wife, Joan. Nothing is known of John Godsalve's early schooling. He was admitted to ...

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Herbert, Henry, second earl of Pembroke (b. in or after 1538, d. 1601), nobleman and administrator, was the elder son of William Herbert, first earl of Pembroke (1506/7–1570), and his first wife, Anne Herbert (b. before 1514, d. 1552) [see under Herbert, William (1506/7-1570)...

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Home, George, earl of Dunbar (d. 1611), courtier and administrator, was the fourth son of Alexander Home of Manderston (d. 1593) and Janet Home (d. 1593), daughter of George Home of Spott. The date of his birth is uncertain. There were many divisions among the ...

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Howard, Henry, earl of Northampton (1540–1614), courtier, administrator, and author, was born on 24 February 1540 at Shottesham, Norfolk, the second son of Henry Howard, styled earl of Surrey (1516/17–1547), poet and courtier, and his wife, Lady Frances de Vere (1517–1577), daughter of ...

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Lestrange [Le Strange], Sir Thomas (c. 1490–1545), landowner and administrator, was the eldest son of Robert Lestrange, esquire (d. 1511), and Anne Lestrange, heir to Sir Thomas Lestrange of Walton, Warwickshire. Upon the death of his father in 1511, when he was in his early twenties, he inherited scattered estates in ...

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Mordaunt, John, second Baron Mordaunt (1508–1571), landowner and administrator, was the eldest son of John Mordaunt, first Baron Mordaunt (c. 1480x85–1562), and his wife, Elizabeth Vere. He married, before 24 February 1526, Ela, daughter of John FitzLewis (son and heir of Sir Richard FitzLewis...

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Paulet, William, first marquess of Winchester (1474/5?–1572), administrator and nobleman, was born at Fisherton-Delamare in Wiltshire, the eldest of four sons of Sir John Paulet (1453/4–1525), soldier, of Basing in Hampshire and Nunney in Somerset [see under Paulet, Sir Amias (c. 1457-1538)...

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Radcliffe, Thomas, third earl of Sussex (1526/7–1583), lord lieutenant of Ireland and courtier, was the eldest son of Henry Radcliffe, second earl of Sussex (d. 1557) [see under Radcliffe, Robert, first earl of Sussex], and his first wife, Lady Elizabeth (...

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Rogers, Sir Edward (c. 1498–1568), courtier and administrator, was the eldest son of George Rogers of Langport, Somerset, and his wife, Elizabeth. He had links with the Courtenays, but his career centred upon service in the Tudor royal household. He committed a serious but unidentified offence in 1526 and fled with others to ...