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Becon, John (d. 1587), ecclesiastical lawyer and reformer, was born in Suffolk of unknown parentage. Educated at St John's College, Cambridge, he was admitted as a scholar in 1559, graduated BA in 1561, was admitted a fellow on 21 March 1561, and proceeded MA in 1564. His degrees were incorporated at ...

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Kingsmill, Andrew (1537/8–1569), civil lawyer and religious activist, was the second son of Sir John Kingsmill (c. 1497–1556) [see under Kingsmill family (per. c. 1480-1698)] of Sidmontan, Hampshire, and Constance Goring (d. 1580/81) of Burton, Sussex; he was the fourth of their thirteen children. The ...

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Poynder, John (1779/80–1849), lawyer and evangelical activist, was the eldest son of a City of London tradesman and his evangelical wife. He was educated briefly at the Newington Butts school of Joseph Forsyth, where he imbibed a lasting love of literature. As a young man he hoped to become an Anglican clergyman but he was persuaded by family pressures to become a solicitor instead, and for nearly forty years he served as clerk and solicitor to the royal hospitals of ...

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Sherfield, Henry (bap. 1572, d. 1634), lawyer and iconoclast, was baptized on 13 September 1572 at Winterbourne Earls, near Salisbury, the third son and one of five children of Richard Sherfield or Shervill (c.1535–c.1620), corn dealer and small farmer, and his wife, ...

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Watson, Robert (d. 1559), lawyer and evangelical preacher, was born in the city of Norwich. He was admitted BCL at Oxford on 1 July 1528. Nothing else is known about Watson before 1539. On 23 February that year, Bishop William Rugge preached a sermon at ...