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Blount, Sir Christopher (1555/6–1601), soldier and conspirator, was the second son of Thomas Blount (b. before 1523, d. 1568) of Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Blount's early life was profoundly shaped by two key influences: devout Catholicism (especially on the part of his mother, Margery, ...

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Cantilupe [Cantelupe], Nicholas, third Lord Cantilupe (c. 1301–1355), soldier, administrator, and justice, was a son of William de Cantilupe, first Lord Cantilupe (1262–1308), and Eve Boltby (d. after 1314), formerly the wife of Alan of Walkingham, and succeeded his elder brother, William, ...

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Costello, Dudley [Dualtache] (d. 1667), soldier and outlaw, was of unknown parentage and background, the surname being very common in east Mayo, where the Costellos, reputedly Gaelicized descendants of early English settlers, had given their name to a barony. Nothing is known of his early life but a deposition taken in 1652 names ...

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Danvers, Sir Charles (c. 1568–1601), soldier and conspirator, was the eldest son of Sir John Danvers (1540–1594) of Dauntsey, Wiltshire, and thus heir to extensive estates in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Yorkshire. Through his mother, Elizabeth (1545×50–1630), youngest daughter and coheir of John Neville, ...

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Folville, Eustace (d. 1346), gangster and soldier, was the second of the seven sons of John Folville (d. 1310), lord of Ashby Folville in Leicestershire, and his wife, Alice. He came of an established gentry family. The John Folville who was a king's banneret in 1286, and was knight of the shire for either ...

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Hastings, Sir Edward (1382–1438), soldier and litigant, was born on 21 May 1382 at Fenwick, Yorkshire, the second son of Sir Hugh Hastings (d. 1386/7) of Elsing, Norfolk, and great-grandson of Sir Hugh Hastings (c. 1310–1347). His father, a noted soldier, served on most of the principal campaigns of the 1370s and 1380s, and was a prominent retainer of ...

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Turberville, Sir Thomas de (d. 1295), soldier and traitor, is of uncertain origins, but his father was probably Sir Hugh de Turberville (d. 1293). It was probably Sir Thomas, not a namesake, who was a follower of John Giffard (d. 1299)...

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Yorke [York], Rowland (d. 1588), soldier and traitor, was the ninth of eleven sons of Sir John York (d. 1569), administrator, of York and St Stephen Walbrook, London, and his wife, Anne (d. 1575), daughter of Robert Smyth of London. His brothers included ...