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Aubigny, Philip d' [Philip Daubeney] (d. 1236), knight and royal councillor, was a member of a junior branch of the family of d'Aubigny, native to St Aubin-d'Aubigné (Ille-et-Vilaine), north of Rennes in Brittany, whose senior branch had acquired the English honour of Belvoir...

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Basset, Gilbert (d. 1241), knight and rebel, was the son and heir of Alan Basset (d. 1232) and his wife, Alice or Alina de Gai (d. 1230), or possibly an earlier wife, Alice de Gray. Alan was probably the youngest of the three sons of ...

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Bauzan, Sir Stephen (b. after 1210, d. 1257), knight, came from a prominent knightly family of Devon, who were tenants of the honour of Trematon in Cornwall. He was almost certainly a younger son—his brother, Richard, was holding by 1242–3 what appear to have been the family estates—and it is probable that he was born shortly after 1210. ...

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Blount, Sir Thomas (b. after 1348, d. 1400), knight, was the first son of Sir Thomas Blount (c.1321–c.1407), of Compton Valence, Dorset, and Kingston Blount, Oxfordshire. Blount's mother, Joan, was the daughter of Sir Edmund Hakluyt of Longford, Herefordshire...

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Brackenbury, Sir Robert (d. 1485), knight, was the second son of Ralph Brackenbury of Denton in the parish of Gainford, co. Durham. The nearby lordship of Barnard Castle was held by Richard, duke of Gloucester, in the right of his wife, Anne Neville...

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Sir Ambrose Cave (c. 1503–1568) by unknown artist Stanford Hall. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Cave, Sir Ambrose (c. 1503–1568), knight of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem and administrator, was the fourth or fifth son of Richard Cave (d. 1542) of Stanford, Northamptonshire, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of John Saxby of Northampton. He satisfied the criteria of nobility of birth necessary for admission as a knight of the English ...

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Cok, Sir Thomas (1307, d. 1352/1353), soldier and administrator, is of uncertain origins. It is possible that he was the person of that name who in 1332, aged twenty-four, succeeded his father, also Thomas Cok, in a modest estate in Berkshire. However, while this date would fit the younger man's career, direct evidence for the identification is lacking. He rose to prominence through his military service in the Hundred Years' War, and above all through his close association with ...

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Dingley, Sir Thomas (1506x8–1539), knight of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem, was the son of John Dingley of the Isle of Wight and Mabel, or Mabell, Weston of Rozel, Jersey. His mother was the sister of Sir William Weston, a prominent hospitaller who became prior of the order of ...

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Maulay [Malo Lacu], Peter de (d. 1241), knight and royal councillor, took his name from Maulay in France, in the border region separating the provinces of Poitou and the Touraine. The identity of his father and mother remains unknown. By contemporaries it was said that he had risen from relatively humble origins, and that he abandoned his estates in ...

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Newport, Sir Thomas (late 1450s?–1523), knight of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem, was probably born in the late 1450s. He had entered the order of St John by 1478, when he was in Rhodes (he must have been at least eighteen when he became a hospitaller). He was almost certainly among the defenders of the island against the Turks in the siege of 1480. He was licensed to return to ...

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Parr, Sir William (1434–1483), knight, was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Parr of Kendal, Westmorland, and Alice, daughter of Sir Thomas Tunstall of Thurland, Lancashire. William succeeded at his father's death late in November 1461. Thomas Parr had been a follower of ...

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Thwing [Thweng], Sir Robert of [alias William Wither] (d. 1245x57), knight, was the son of Marmaduke (I) of Thwing (d. in or after 1234) [see under Thwing family]. Robert makes his first appearance in 1229, suing Richard de Percy (...

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Upton, Sir Nicholas (b. in or before 1513, d. 1551), knight of the hospital of St John of Jerusalem, was the third son of Nicholas Upton (d. 1533) of Northolme by Wainfleet, a Lincolnshire gentleman, and his first wife, Alice. His father subsequently married ...