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Burwell family (per. c. 1500–1684), gentry, are of particular interest in demonstrating the ability of merchants and yeomen of enterprise to rise socially in coastal Suffolk, a region largely free from the close attention of resident gentry, by exploiting the opportunities arising from trade and local office. Descending in two lines, based in ...

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Drury family (per. 1485–1624), gentry, of Hawstead, traced its descent from Drieu, allegedly one of the companions of the Conqueror. A connection with St Edmund's Abbey in west Suffolk was confirmed by Abbot Baldwin before 1088 through land held in Thurston and remained unbroken until the surrender of the abbey in 1539, and it was in ...

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Everard, Thomas (1560–1633), Jesuit and translator, was born on 8 February 1560, and baptized on 10 February at Linstead Parva, Suffolk, the son of Henry Everard (d. 1596), of Pond Hall, Linstead Magna, and Catherine Gawdy. His father was imprisoned in 1578–9 in the common gaol at ...

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Gawdy family (per. c. 1500–1723), gentry, rose to prominence in Norfolk in the third quarter of the fifteenth century thanks to successful careers in the law and to a series of multiple marriages which brought dowries in land as well as in cash. Early training at the inns of court led to useful contacts with officials and courtiers who could forward the family's interests when necessary....

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Kitson family (per. c. 1520–c. 1660), gentry, owed its great house, Hengrave Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and supporting estates both in that county and in the west country to the fortune amassed by Sir Thomas Kitson (1485–1540), a merchant adventurer who was knighted in 1533 upon becoming sheriff of ...

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Lestrange [Le Strange], Sir Thomas (c. 1490–1545), landowner and administrator, was the eldest son of Robert Lestrange, esquire (d. 1511), and Anne Lestrange, heir to Sir Thomas Lestrange of Walton, Warwickshire. Upon the death of his father in 1511, when he was in his early twenties, he inherited scattered estates in ...

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Mumford, James (c. 1606–1666), Jesuit, was born in Norfolk or Suffolk. The names of his parents and place of birth and baptism are unknown. In 1626 he entered the Jesuit noviciate at Watten in Flanders and about 1635 was ordained priest at Liège...

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Whitbread [alias Harcourt], Thomas (c. 1618–1679), Jesuit, was the son of John Whitbread (d. 1625/6) and Anne, née Allen (d. 1654) of Fristling Hall, near Writtle, Essex. Educated from 1630 at the English College at St Omer in the Southern Netherlands...