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Benolt, Thomas (d. 1534), herald and diplomat  

Robert Yorke

Benolt, Thomas (d. 1534), herald and diplomat, may have been born at Rouen; his mother's maiden name was Meautis, but his father's identity is not known. It was with Calais, however, that the family had its strongest links; Benolt is generally thought to have been a native of ...

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Bysshe, Sir Edward (c. 1610–1679), herald and politician  

Peter Sherlock

Bysshe, Sir Edward (c. 1610–1679), herald and politician, was one of the seven children of Edward Bysshe MP (d. 1655), of Burstow, Surrey, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Turner of Ham, Bletchingley, Surrey. The family had been at Burstow since the fifteenth century, and there his father, a successful lawyer in the ...

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Dethick, Sir Gilbert (1499/1500–1584), herald and diplomat  

Anthony R. J. S. Adolph

Dethick, Sir Gilbert (1499/1500–1584), herald and diplomat, was the grandson of Robert Derrick (d. 1525) of the king's armoury at Greenwich, a German armourer brought to England by Erasmus Kyrkener, and Agatha, daughter of Matthis Leyendecker, a barber of Aachen. His grandparents had three sons, ...

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Ferne, Sir John (c. 1560–1609), administrator and writer on heraldry  

Simon Healy

Ferne, Sir John (c. 1560–1609), administrator and writer on heraldry, was the son of William Ferne (d. 1592) of Temple Belwood in the Isle of Axholme, Lincolnshire, and Anne, daughter of John Sheffield of Beltoft, Lincolnshire. Admitted to the Inner Temple in 1576/7, when he was probably in his late teens, ...

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Hollingworth, Richard (1639?–1701), royalist writer  

David Stoker

Hollingworth, Richard (1639?–1701), royalist writer, was born in Lincolnshire, perhaps the son of Simonde Hollingworth of Stewton, near Louth, and baptized on 6 October 1639. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as a sizar on 5 February 1655 and graduated in 1659; he proceeded MA in 1662 and DD in 1684. He was ordained by ...

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King, Gregory (1648–1712), herald and political economist  

Julian Hoppit

King, Gregory (1648–1712), herald and political economist, was born at Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 15 December 1648, the eldest son of Gregory King (fl. 1648–1668), who was originally from Leicester, and his first wife, Elizabeth Andrews (d. 1668) of Sandwich in Kent...

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Machado, Roger [Ruy] (d. 1510), diplomat and herald  

Adrian Ailes

Machado, Roger [Ruy] (d. 1510), diplomat and herald, was probably of Portuguese extraction and may have lived among the Portuguese merchants at Bruges in 1455.

Machado first appears as Leicester herald on missions to the Low Countries in 1478 or 1479 and in 1480. He was possibly the Leicester herald present at the marriage of ...

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Pope, Mary (d. 1653?), royalist writer  

Catie Gill

Pope, Mary (d. 1653?), royalist writer, of unknown parentage, was married to John Pope (d. 1646), a member of the London Salters' Company who served as its master for 1642. They were living in Friday Street, in the parish of St Margaret Moses, London...

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Poyntz, Sir Robert (bap. 1588, d. 1665), royalist writer  

David L. Smith

Poyntz, Sir Robert (bap. 1588, d. 1665), royalist writer, was born at Iron Acton, Gloucestershire, and baptized there on 26 October 1588, the first son and heir of Sir John Poyntz (c.1560–1633), later MP for Gloucestershire, and his second wife, Elizabeth Sydenham (...