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Bellasis, Edward (1800–1873), serjeant-at-law and Roman Catholic convert, the only son of the Revd George Bellasis of Queen's College, Oxford, rector of Yattendon and vicar of Basilden and Ashampstead, Berkshire, and his second wife, Leah Cooper, only surviving child and heir of Emery Viall...

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Blackwood, Adam (1539–1613), civil lawyer and Roman Catholic polemicist, was born in Dunfermline, Fife, one of at least three children of William Blackwood (d. 1547), soldier, and Helen Reid (d. 1547/8). His parents died when he was about eight years old, his father in battle at ...

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Charles Butler (1750–1832) by Robert William Sievier, pubd 1817 (after John Barry) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Butler, Charles (1750–1832), Roman Catholic layman and lawyer, was born in London on 14 August 1750, the son of James Butler, a successful linen draper who had a shop on Pall Mall. His mother, whose maiden name was Blandecque and whose family came from ...

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Clifford, Henry (1768–1813), Roman Catholic layman and lawyer, was born on 2 March 1768, the second of the eight sons of Thomas Clifford (1732–1787) of Tixall, Staffordshire (brother of Hugh, fourth Baron Clifford), and his wife, Barbara (d. 1786), youngest daughter and coheir of ...

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MacNamara, Daniel (1720–1800), lawyer and Roman Catholic activist, was born into the Roman Catholic MacNamara family of Ardcloney, near Killaloe, co. Clare, Ireland; his mother was Mary O'Callaghan. No information has been uncovered about his education. Although in later life he was generally known as ...

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Pykenham, William (d. 1497), lawyer and ecclesiastic, was one of four sons of John Pykenham (d. c.1436), a successful lawyer who probably came from a prosperous London merchant family, and his wife, Katherine Barrington. His mother was a member of a prominent ...

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Story, John (1503/4?–1571), civil lawyer and martyr, was probably born in 1503 or 1504, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, the son of Nicholas Story (d. in or before 1552), and his wife, Joan (d. in or before 1552). He was perhaps connected to the ...