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Beaumont, John, first Viscount Beaumont (1409?–1460), magnate and courtier  

John Watts

Beaumont, John, first Viscount Beaumont (1409?–1460), magnate and courtier, was the elder son and heir of Henry, fifth Baron Beaumont of Folkingham, Lincolnshire (1379/80–1413) and Elizabeth (d. 1427), daughter of William, fifth Baron Willoughby of Eresby. He was one of the most powerful lords in ...

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Bigod, Roger, fourth earl of Norfolk (c. 1212–1270), magnate and courtier  

Robert C. Stacey

Bigod, Roger, fourth earl of Norfolk (c. 1212–1270), magnate and courtier, was the eldest son of Hugh (II) Bigod, earl of Norfolk, and his wife, Matilda Marshal (c.1192–1248). Hugh (III) Bigod was his brother. Roger was a minor when his father died in 1225; his wardship went first to ...

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Brandon, Sir Thomas (d. 1510), courtier and diplomat  

S. J. Gunn

Brandon, Sir Thomas (d. 1510), courtier and diplomat, was the third son of Sir William Brandon of Southwark (d. 1491) and his wife, Elizabeth Wingfield (d. 1497). With his eldest brother, William, who had been attainted for his part in the rebellion against ...

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Brugge, Lodewijk van [Louis de Bruges; Lodewijk van Gruuthuse], earl of Winchester (c. 1427–1492), courtier and diplomat  

Livia Visser-Fuchs

Brugge, Lodewijk van [Louis de Bruges; Lodewijk van Gruuthuse], earl of Winchester (c. 1427–1492), courtier and diplomat, was the only son of Jan van Brugge and Margaretha van Steenhuyse. The name Gruuthuse, by which he is commonly known, refers to his family's property in and around ...

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Burley, Sir Simon (1336?–1388), soldier and courtier  

John L. Leland

Burley, Sir Simon (1336?–1388), soldier and courtier, was the second of at least three sons of a minor Herefordshire landowner, perhaps Roger Burley (fl. 1322–1331); Simon's nephew was also named Roger. Simon's elder brother Sir John Burley, and John's son Sir Richard...

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Bussy, Sir John (d. 1399), speaker of the House of Commons and courtier  

James L. Gillespie

Bussy, Sir John (d. 1399), speaker of the House of Commons and courtier, was the son and heir of Sir William Bussy of Hougham, Lincolnshire, and Thistleton, Rutland, and Isabel, daughter of John Paynell of Boothby. Bussy first appears in the records in 1378, when he served overseas under the command of ...

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Calvert, George, first Baron Baltimore (1579/80–1632), courtier and colonist in America  

John D. Krugler

Calvert, George, first Baron Baltimore (1579/80–1632), courtier and colonist in America, was born in Kiplin in Catterick parish, Yorkshire, the son of Leonard Calvert (b. c.1550) and Alica Crosland (d. early 1580s). He was descended from a Roman Catholic family that had been in ...

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Cecil, William, sixteenth Baron Ros (1590–1618), courtier and ambassador  

Alastair Bellany

Cecil, William, sixteenth Baron Ros (1590–1618), courtier and ambassador, was born in May 1590 and baptized the following month, on 4 June, at Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire. He was the eldest son of William Cecil (1566–1640), Lord Burghley from 1605 until he succeeded as ...

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Compton, Sir William (1482?–1528), courtier  

G. W. Bernard

Compton, Sir William (1482?–1528), courtier, was the son and heir of Edmund Compton of Compton, Warwickshire; he was described as eleven years old and more on his father's death in 1493. According to Dugdale he became a page to Prince Henry, duke of York...

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Cotton, Sir Richard (b. in or before 1497, d. 1556), courtier and administrator  

Catharine Davies

Cotton, Sir Richard (b. in or before 1497, d. 1556), courtier and administrator, was the third son of John Cotton, a Shropshire gentleman, and Cecily, daughter of Thomas Mainwaring of Ightfield, Shropshire. He began his career as an attorney in the sheriff's court in ...

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Crichton, William, of that ilk, first Lord Crichton (d. 1453), administrator and courtier  

Alan R. Borthwick

Crichton, William, of that ilk, first Lord Crichton (d. 1453), administrator and courtier, was the eldest son of Sir John Crichton of that ilk and his spouse, thought to have been Christian Grimslaw (who survived her husband). The family's principal seat was at ...

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Damory [Amory], Sir Roger (d. 1322), baron and courtier  

J. R. Maddicott

Damory [Amory], Sir Roger (d. 1322), baron and courtier, was the younger son of Sir Robert Damory, of Bucknell and Woodperry, Oxfordshire, Thornborough, Buckinghamshire, and Ubley in Somerset, who died in or before 1285. Although his family was one of well-established county gentry, ...

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Despenser, Hugh, the elder, earl of Winchester (1261–1326), administrator and courtier  

J. S. Hamilton

Despenser, Hugh, the elder, earl of Winchester (1261–1326), administrator and courtier, was the son of Sir Hugh Despenser, the justiciar who was killed at Evesham in 1265, and his wife, Alina, daughter of Philip Basset. Born on 1 March 1261, in May 1281 he was granted full administration of his father's forfeited lands, and in August received livery of his mother's lands, although he was not yet of age. In March 1282 he received the manor of ...

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Dicconson, William (1654/5–1742), Jacobite courtier and biographer  

Paul Hopkins

Dicconson, William (1654/5–1742), Jacobite courtier and biographer, eldest son of Hugh Dicconson (c.1621–1691) of Wrightington Hall near Wigan, and his wife, Agnes (d. 1719), third daughter of Roger Kirkby of Kirkby, came from a Lancashire Roman Catholic gentry family, which occasionally (as in the 1660s) conformed outwardly. He had three brothers (including the Catholic bishop ...

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Egerton, Sir Ralph (b. before 1476, d. 1528), courtier and administrator  

E. W. Ives

Egerton, Sir Ralph (b. before 1476, d. 1528), courtier and administrator, was a younger son of Hugh Egerton of Wrinehill in Cheshire, who died in 1505, about eighty years old. His mother was possibly the Margaret Dutton whom Hugh married in 1446, but ...

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Fleming, James, fourth Lord Fleming (1533/4–1558), courtier and nobleman  

Marcus Merriman

Fleming, James, fourth Lord Fleming (1533/4–1558), courtier and nobleman, was the elder son of Malcolm, third Lord Fleming (c.1494–1547), and his wife, Janet Stewart (d. 1560×64), an illegitimate daughter of James IV. Malcolm Fleming was chamberlain to James V by 1528 and remained high in the king's favour thereafter. A regular witness to charters under the great seal, he accompanied ...

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Grey, Thomas, second marquess of Dorset (1477–1530), magnate and courtier  

Robert C. Braddock

Grey, Thomas, second marquess of Dorset (1477–1530), magnate and courtier, was born on 22 June 1477, the third son and heir of Thomas Grey, first marquess of Dorset (c. 1455–1501), and his wife, Cicely (d. 1530), daughter of William Bonville, Baron Harrington...

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Hastings, William, first Baron Hastings (c. 1430–1483), courtier and administrator  

Rosemary Horrox

Hastings, William, first Baron Hastings (c. 1430–1483), courtier and administrator, was the eldest son and heir of Sir Leonard Hastings of Kirby, Leicestershire, and Alice, daughter of Thomas, Lord Camoys.

William Hastings was aged twenty-four and more at his father's death in October 1455. ...

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Hay, John, of Cromlix, Jacobite duke of Inverness (1691–1740), Jacobite courtier and army officer  

Margaret D. Sankey

Hay, John, of Cromlix, Jacobite duke of Inverness (1691–1740), Jacobite courtier and army officer, was the third son of Thomas Hay, seventh earl of Kinnoull (c.1660–1719), and Elizabeth (1669–1696), only daughter of William Drummond, first viscount of Strathallan. George Hay, eighth earl of Kinnoull...