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Blount, Charles, eighth Baron Mountjoy and earl of Devonshire (1563–1606), soldier and administrator, was the second son of James Blount, sixth Baron Mountjoy (1532/3–1581), nobleman [see under Blount, Charles, fifth Baron Mountjoy], and his wife, Catherine (d. 1576), daughter of ...

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Camoys, Thomas, Baron Camoys (c. 1350–1420/21), administrator and soldier, was the son of John Camoys and heir of his uncle Thomas, Lord Camoys. The uncle died on 11 April 1372, and his lands were given to the heir on 12 October. Camoys served with the retinue of his kinsman ...

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Carew, George, earl of Totnes (1555–1629), soldier and administrator, was born on 29 May 1555, the second son of George Carew (1497/8–1583), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne (d. 1605), daughter of Sir Nicholas Harvey and his second wife, Bridget...

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Cromwell, Henry (1628–1674), soldier, politician, and lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born on 20 January 1628 at Huntingdon and baptized there at All Saints' Church on 29 January, the fifth of nine children and fourth among the five sons of Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658)...

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Daubeney, Giles, first Baron Daubeney (1451/2–1508), administrator, soldier, and diplomat, was the elder son and heir of Sir William Daubeney (1424–1461) [see under Daubeney family] of South Petherton, Somerset, and his wife, Alice (b. 1432), third daughter and coheir of ...

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Donne [Dwn], Sir John (d. 1503), soldier and administrator, was descended from the Donne family of Kidwelly. His forebears were active soldiers, and John is said to have been born in Picardy, where his father, Gruffudd Donne (d. in or before 1448)...

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Fitzalan, Thomas, fifth earl of Arundel and tenth earl of Surrey (1381–1415), soldier and administrator, was the second son and heir of Richard (III) Fitzalan, fourth earl of Arundel and ninth earl of Surrey, and Elizabeth de Bohun (d. 1385). On the execution and forfeiture of his father in 1397, the honour of ...

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Grimston, Edward (1507/8–1600), soldier and administrator, was born between February 1507 and February 1508, probably at Thorndon, Suffolk, or at Ipswich, elder son (at his father's death he had a brother and two sisters) of Edward Grimston (1462–1520), gentleman, of Thorndon (probably Rishangles Lodge...

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Hastings, Sir Hugh (c. 1310–1347), administrator and soldier, was the second son of John Hastings, first Lord Hastings (1262–1313), and his second wife, Isabel, daughter of Hugh Despenser the elder, earl of Winchester (1261–1326). He married, before 18 May 1330, Margery Foliot (...

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Johnys, Sir Hugh (b. c. 1410, d. in or after 1485), soldier and administrator, was descended from a cadet branch of the Vaughans of Bredwardine, Herefordshire. Nothing is known of his career before 1436 (when, given the date of his death, he was still a young man). According to his memorial brass in ...

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Loring, Sir Neil [Nigel] (c. 1315–1386), soldier and administrator, was the son of Roger Loring of Chalgrave, Bedfordshire, and Cassandra, daughter of Reginald Perot. The family seems to have been established there since the twelfth century, and Sir Piers Loring served in Edward I's...

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Marshal, William [called the Marshal], fourth earl of Pembroke (c. 1146–1219), soldier and administrator, was the son of John Marshal (d. 1165) and Sybil (fl. c.1146–c.1156), daughter of Walter of Salisbury. He is one of the few medieval laymen to be the subject of a biography, ...

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More, Sir George (1553–1632), landowner and administrator, was born on 28 November 1553 at Loseley, Surrey, the only son of Sir William More (1520–1600), landowner, of Loseley, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter and heir of Ralph Daniel of Swaffham, Norfolk. He was admitted to ...

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Northwood, John, first Lord Northwood (1254–1319), soldier and administrator, the son of Roger of Northwood, was born on 24 June 1254 and succeeded his father in December 1285. In 1291–2 he was employed on a commission of oyer and terminer in Kent; he was also sheriff of ...

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Pembridge, Sir Richard (c. 1320–1375), soldier and administrator, was descended from one of the collateral branches of the Pembridge family, whose main line had been established in Herefordshire from the reign of Stephen. He rose from relative obscurity to become a Garter knight of ...

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Wentworth, Thomas, second Baron Wentworth and de jure seventh Baron Le Despenser (1525–1584), soldier and administrator, was the eldest of at least eight sons and the heir of Thomas Wentworth, first Baron Wentworth (1501–1551), nobleman, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1551), elder daughter and coheir of ...