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Bagard, Thomas (d. 1544), civil lawyer and divine, was born in the diocese of Hereford, of unknown parentage. He was a scholar in civil law by March 1515 at Oxford University and was a member of New Inn. He was connected with the diocese of ...

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Barber, John (c. 1500–1549), clergyman and civil lawyer, is of obscure origins. He was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1528 to 1538, having graduated as a bachelor of canon law (4 February 1525) and of civil law (19 February 1528). He became a member of the ...

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Beaumont, John (d. in or after 1556), lawyer and administrator, was the elder son of Thomas Beaumont of Thringstone, Leicestershire (who was cousin to John Beaumont, first Viscount Beaumont), and his wife, Mary, daughter of Robert Moton of Peckleton, Leicestershire. A member of the ...

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Bedyll, Thomas (c. 1486–1537), administrator and canon lawyer, was born at Winchester, where his father was a college tenant. In 1498 he was admitted a scholar at Winchester College and two years later proceeded to New College, Oxford. Elected a fellow of New College...

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Bellasis, Anthony (d. 1552), clergyman and civilian, was the second son of Thomas Bellasis of Henknowle, co. Durham, and Margaret, née Thirkell. He was thus a member of a prominent border gentry family; his elder brother, Richard Bellasis [see under Bellasis family...

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Clyffe, William (d. 1558), civil lawyer, is of unknown parentage. He was educated at Cambridge, where he graduated LLB in 1514 and LLD in 1523. Clyffe had an active legal career. He was admitted as an advocate of Doctors' Commons on 15 December 1522, and was commissary of the diocese of ...

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Coytmor, Robert (fl. 1640–1660), lawyer and administrator, was a younger son of Robert Coytmor (d. in or before 1649) of Coetmor, a house of local importance in the Ogwen valley, Snowdonia, and his wife, Lumley (d. in or before 1652). The ...

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Densell, John (d. 1536), serjeant-at-law, was the son of Remfry Densell and his wife, Katherine, daughter of John Skewys. He came of a Cornish family whose name derived from Densell or Denzil in the parish of Mawgan in Pydar. He was admitted to ...

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Drury, Sir Robert (b. before 1456, d. 1535), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was born before 1456 at Hawstead, Suffolk, the first of four sons and two daughters of Roger Drury (d. 1496), an important landowner in that county, and his wife, ...

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Goddard, Guybon (1612–1671), lawyer and parliamentary diarist, was the only son of Thomas Goddard of Stanhoe and his wife, Mary, daughter of William Guybon of Watlington; both families were of long standing in Norfolk. He matriculated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1629, entered Lincoln's Inn...

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Gwent, Richard (d. 1543), clergyman and canon lawyer, was the son of a Monmouthshire farmer. He was elected a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, in 1515 and on 17 December 1518 became a bachelor of civil law, and of canon law on 28 February 1519. On 20 March 1523 he supplicated for doctor of canon law, and proceeded doctor of civil law on 3 April 1525. For a time he was chief moderator of the canon law school at ...

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Hall, Edward (1497–1547), lawyer and historian, was born in the parish of St Mildred Poultry, London, the son of John and Katherine Hall. His father, a successful grocer, served as a warden of his company from 1512 to 1513, and several generations of ...

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Hare, Sir Nicholas (c. 1495–1557), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was the first son of John Hare of Homersfield, Suffolk, and Elizabeth Fortescue. He was a pensioner of Gonville Hall, Cambridge, in 1509, and was admitted to the Inner Temple...

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Knightley, Sir Edmund (d. 1542), lawyer, was the third son of Sir Richard Knightley (d. 1534) of Lincoln's Inn and Fawsley, Northamptonshire, and Jane, daughter and heir of Henry Skynnerton (or Skennard) of Alderton. He was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1505, and as a barrister served as reader of ...

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Neville, Sir Thomas (b. in or before 1484, d. 1542), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was the fifth son of George Neville, second Baron Bergavenny (1436–1492) [see under Neville, Edward (d. 1476)], and his first wife, Margaret, daughter of ...

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Nevinson [Nevynson], Christopher (d. 1551), civil lawyer and Benedictine monk, was the eldest son of Rowland Nevinson of Briggend in the parish of Wetheral in Cumberland. His cousin Stephen Nevinson was also a civil lawyer and came from a minor Westmorland gentry family. ...

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Oliver, John (d. 1552), civil lawyer, was sometimes called ‘Oliver alias Smith’. His birth date, family, and early education are unknown, but he took the Oxford degrees of BCL on 30 June 1516, BCnL on 23 June 1522, and DCL on 11 October 1522. He probably began his collection of ecclesiastical benefices with the prebend of ...

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Prideaux, Edmond [created Sir Edmond Prideaux, baronet, under the protectorate] (1601–1659), lawyer and politician, was born in September 1601 at Netherton, Devon, and baptized at Farway in the same county on 27 September, the second surviving son of Sir Edmund Prideaux, baronet (...

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Skewys [Skuish], John (d. 1544), lawyer and chronicler, was the son of John Skewys of Skewys, St Wenn, Cornwall, and his wife, Joan, daughter of Richard Torunpioe. His paternal family had been seated at Skewys as early as the reign of Edward III...

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